Should you invest in Magellan’s new ‘ETF’?

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have a brief but impressive history. Since the launch of the original SPDR (aka ‘spiders’) ETF, which tracks the US S&P 500, they’ve branched out to cover a multitude of sector and geographic indices around the world.There are now a total of 5,500 ETFs around the world, representing a total of US$2.8 trillion. For various reasons (which we’ll come to), though, ETFs have been pretty much limited to funds that track particular indices as opposed to ‘actively managed’ funds, which aim to beat an index through picking the right stocks.So there’s been much excitement (have you noticed?) over Magellan...

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have a brief but impressive history. Since the launch of the original SPDR (aka ‘spiders’) ETF, which tracks the US S&P 500, they’ve branched out to cover a multitude of sector and geographic indices around the world.

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