ETFs are baskets of securities that may track a sector-specific, country-specific, or a narrow/broad-market index. ETFs trade on an exchange like a stock. ETFs are subject to risk similar to those of their underlying securities, including, but not limited to, market, sector, or industry risks, and those regarding short-selling and margin account maintenance. Commission fees typically apply.
Asset allocation and diversification do not eliminate the risk of experiencing investment losses.
Risks of Commodity ETFs
Commodity ETFs may be affected by changes in overall market movements, commodity index volatility, changes in interest rates or factors affecting a particular industry or commodity. Commodity ETFs may be subject to greater volatility than traditional ETFs and may not be suitable for all investors. Unique risk factors of a commodity fund may include, but are not limited to the fund's use of aggressive investment techniques such as derivatives, options, forward contracts, correlation or inverse correlation, market price variance risk and leverage.
Risks of Currency ETFs
The value of the shares of a currency exchange traded product relates directly to the value of the foreign currency held by the particular product. This creates a concentration risk associated with fluctuations in the price of the applicable foreign currency. Unique risk factors of a foreign currency include national debt levels and trade deficits, domestic and foreign inflation rates, domestic and foreign interest rates, investment and trading activities of institutions and global or regional political, economic or financial events and situations. Currency products may not be suitable for all investors. Many currency products are not investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.For a more complete discussion of risk factors applicable to each currency product, carefully read the particular product's prospectus.
Risks of Bond ETFs
Investments in bond funds are not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency. Bonds and bond funds will typically decrease in value as interest rates rise.
Risks of Leveraged and Inverse ETFs
Leveraged and inverse ETFs entail unique risks, including but not limited to: use of leverage; aggressive and complex investment techniques; and use of derivatives. Leveraged ETFs seek to deliver multiples of the performance of a benchmark. Inverse ETFs seek to deliver the opposite of the performance of a benchmark. Both seek results over periods as short as a single day. Results of both strategies can be affected substantially by compounding. Returns over longer periods will likely differ in amount and even direction. These products require active monitoring and management, as frequently as daily. They are not suitable for all investors.