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With the enormous popularity and widespread acceptance of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) over the past several years, advisors and individual investors alike have sought out a definitive guide to this innovative, exciting new class of funds -- and the Frank J. Fabozzi series has responded. Written by ETF expert Gary Gastineau, The Exchange-Traded Funds Manual provides a detailed description of "open-end" exchange-traded funds and how they work so that you can understand the reasons for ETF growth and, more importantly, how to use ETFs profitably.

The Exchange-Traded Funds Manual offers the most complete treatment of ETFs available, from asset allocation and risk management to taxation and financial planning, ETF selection, and evaluation. Whether you're a long-term investor, online trader, or advisor, this volume is a useful companion to anyone who wants to use "open-end" ETFs intelligently and effectively.

This comprehensive guide begins with a brief history of ETFs and a comparison with other basket products that often compete with them, including HOLDRs and Folios. The Exchange-Traded Funds Manual continues its full examination of ETFs by going behind the scenes and below the surface for the answers to difficult questions that you need to know when investing with ETFs. You'll learn why the expense ratios of ETFs tend to be low as well as how most equity ETFs avoid significant capital gains distributions.

The Exchange-Traded Funds Manual goes beyond the basic, introductory facts of ETFs, namely their flexibility, low cost, and high tax efficiency. This book provides a broader perspective and a more useful frame of reference for the risks and rewards of common ETF investment strategies and tactics. Filled with proven techniques and real-world examples to back them up, The Exchange-Traded Funds Manual is the only book you'll ever need to understand and profit from the incredible class of financial instruments known as exchange-traded funds.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
I suppose we've broken most of the cardinal rules of book reviewing at this juncture, so another one won't hurt...although this one is probably the most significant one of them all!
Yes, folks, it has finally come to pass where I am now going to review a book which I haven't actually managed to complete reading every last word of before our editorial deadline loomed so large that, had it fallen on me, it would have left me seriously concussed.
However, I shall not remotely blame the 401 informative pages for my haste to ensure you can read this review. For, ladies and gentlemen, I would have felt as if I was harbouring a guilty secret had I maintained this tome on my desk and elegantly savoured its every last insight prior to reviewing it on these virtual pages next month. There are lots of books which maintain a fa?ade of comprehensivity but tell us little. With the Exchange Traded Funds Manual, I am delighted to report that Gary Gastineau, a figure instrumental to their creation, lavishes detail on every layer of the ETF process. What's more, he does it with a style and smoothness which makes the process a wonderful read.
For those of you who have been living in a concrete bunker for the past few years and missed their appearance, ETFs are a truly marvelous thing. They manage to mix all the benefits of index tracking in a fashion which leaves them prone to arbitrage if they ever start to get ahead of or lag the performance of the market. In other words, the old problems of discounts (as with Investment Trusts for instance) are irrelevant here while the fees are usually ultra competitive compared with equivalent mutual funds. Likewise, the whole liquidity and transparency issue which goes with the exchange traded nature of ETFs makes them, as Gastineau himself so eloquently describes it "a favourite toy of that poster child of the financial market revolution: the on-line trader."
Gastineau's tome does the manual thing in that comprehensive fashion which makes it a pleasure to own - and if you have the remotest inclination to play the ETF game (from any angle) then own this tome you must. Indeed, where manuals end and encyclopedia's begin would be an interesting aside to discuss here, as this is veritably encyclopedic stuff. Within every chapter there are great sections with nuggets of information. The essay on "Single Stock Futures - Their Significance For Exchange Traded Funds" helps promote a sound, sensible, rational understanding of how complementary these products can be - with a few added insights of course. Indeed, as a whole chapter eight (which includes the SSF essay) is simply excellent throughout from its title: "Trading ETF Shares Without Angst" through to its answering questions such as "Does the Liquidity of Exchange-Traded Funds Encourage Excessive Trading?"
The remarkable issue about exchange traded funds is that they have already come a very long way but have truly exponential possibilities throughout the world. Even in a decade's time when ETFs are undoubtedly a basic component of every investor's portfolio, I would suspect it will be difficult to find a book better placed to explain the multiplicitous facets of the product than Gary L. Gastineau's Exchange Traded Funds Manual. If only every product could be covered in such a comprehensive fashion, the financial world would be an easier place to understand. There's no point saying any more, if you have any involvement in equity markets, you have got to read this book. And not only will you find it a very rewarding journey, you may even applaud me for subverting the rules of book reviewing in my haste to share with you my first impressions of this splendid tome. Right, now I'm off to complete chapter nine and the Appendices...
Our Rating: AAA
Patrick Young,

The book is a comprehensive look at the history and applications of the relatively new investment products that have attracted investors of all stripes. Gastineau covers every conceivable topic of interest that could arise for the investor or advisor interested in ETFs. The book is a practical guide on how to compare and use ETFs in a portfolio, focusing specifically on asset allocation, risk, and reward. Gastineau explains why ETFs are cheaper, more flexible, and more tax efficient than traditional open-end index funds. However, the book goes beyond the basics and gets into the strategy and tactics involved in building an ETF portfolio.

Gary Gastineau, a managing director at Nuveen Investments and the author of The Options Manual (1988), has now written what is perhaps the most detailed account in print of open-ended exchange-traded funds: how they work, what are their distinctive characteristics, who trades them (largely, specialists, market makers, and hedge funds), who owns them (largely, brokerage firms clearing and carrying the ETF shares for specialists, market makers, or hedge funds), and what are their advantages and disadvantages over other sorts of investment for various investors.
...Mr. Gastineau?s manual is directed chiefly at investment advisers and financial planners as a reference volume, and it serves that purpose quite well. Advisers and planners, and of course their clients, face a bewildering variety of issues pertaining to these relatively new vehicles?issues of tax efficiency, risk management, trading costs and spreads, etc. In many offices, this book will be a welcome aid in sorting out all of that. (

"...Gary Gastineau...lavishes detail on every layer of the EFT process. What's more, he does it with a style and smoothness which makes the whole process a wonderful read...if only every product could be covered in such a comprehensive fashion, the financial world would be a much easier place to have got to read this book..." ( 20 March 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471218944
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/31/2002
  • Series: Frank J. Fabozzi Series, #93
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 401
  • Sales rank: 1,574,062
  • Product dimensions: 1.06 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary L. Gastineau is principal of ETF Consultants LLC, which provides specialized exchange-traded fund consulting services to ETF issuers, exchanges, and investors. He is also a managing member and cofounder of Managed ETFs LLC, a firm that has developed new ETF trading systems and new actively managed ETFs. Preceding a position as managing director for ETF product development at Nuveen Investments, Gastineau directed product development at the American Stock Exchange for approximately five years. He is also the author of the first edition of The Exchange-Traded Funds Manual and Someone Will Make Money on Your Funds—Why Not You? (both published by Wiley) and The Options Manual, as well as coauthor of the Dictionary of Financial Risk Management. Gastineau is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1 Introduction 1
2 The History and Structure of ETFs - and Some Competitors 31
3 The Regulatory Structure and Mechanics of the Open ETF 55
4 Distinctive Characteristics of Exchange-Traded Funds: Transactions, Shareholder Protection, Payment for Value Added, Fund Evaluation, and Taxation 77
5 ETF Applications for Investors and Investment Advisors 109
6 Equity Index ETFs - A Long Way to Go 127
7 New Generations of ETFs 177
8 Trading ETF Shares Without Angst 219
9 Developing an Investment Process Incorporating ETFs 261
App Getting Information on ETFs - Where to Look and What to Look For 291
Glossary 303
Bibliography 377
Index 391
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