The Euro ETF is an exchange traded fund, meaning that it is like a mutual fund but tradable in the intraday. As a closed-ended trust, it offers the benefits of certainty and trackability of the Euro in the foreign exchange market as well as stakeholder's rights to a portion of Euros per share.

Benefits

One of the main benefits to trading the Euro ETF as opposed to trading the forex Euro in the spot market is essentially the limited risk. Like stocks, the ETF can be held like an investment no matter how low it goes as long as the trust does not go bankrupt. the chances of that are nearly zero, so you can be assured that your investment will live on.

Another major benefit is that the ETF is optionable, meaning that, just as with major stocks, the investor can buy and sell options on the ETF for enhanced portfolio positioning and performance.

What's more, like the Euro in the forex market, the ETF will impute the interest differential as a debit or credit to the account. This means that if, for instance, the account is in the U.S. and the interest rate in the U.S. is 3%, while the interest rate for the Euro is 4%, that will account for a positive interest rate differential for the account. If the account held $100,000 and the Euro stayed the same for a year, at the end of that time, the account would go up by that 1 percent, carrying the 1 percent yield from the interest (.01 * 100,000 = 1,000) to $101,000. This same feature works vice versa as well. If the account were in Europe and the investor held a Dollar ETF, all else being equal, the account would be debited by $1,000 to end at $99,000 by the end of the year.

Drawbacks

Although, the Euro ETF is limited risk, it doesn't offer the investor any degree of leverage. With the forex market, investors can get a greater degree of leverage and start with a smaller minimum investment. Some forex dealers offer promotions with account minimums as low as $100 for micro accounts. This ability to trade fractional units of forex so efficiently with broker-dealer trading technology is a major feat and competitive advantage to big fund managers.

Another major drawback is that the ETF is only tradable during trading hours of the major stock exchanges, whereas the forex market is open nearly 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Also, the ETF does not always track the actual Euro perfectly well. Essentially, that equates to a loss of performance for traders who are serious about capturing short-term opportunities.

Another drawback is that the ETF may not be eligible for the long-term capital gains tax rate, which could be a hindrance for long-term investors.

Overall, the Euro ETF offers a balanced approach to investing in foreign currency. With minimal commissions, the investor can easily get started in investing in the future with the Euro ETF.

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