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Charles from FL posted over 6 years ago:

I'm still not clear on how an exchange traded fund differs from a closed end investment company.If an exchange traded fund's price is set by the marketplace how does it receive additional assets after trading begins?

Jim Maccrate from NY posted over 5 years ago:

I have a major problem with ETFs.

Who is keeping track of who owns what?

Do you trust the accounting industry? Sec? Who is tracking ownership?

The auditors and regulators (polticians) could not stop the financial crisis from happening.

I want someone to show me the math to show me the ownership of all the shares in ETFs.

I want the shares in my name...

Just a thought to ponder...

Charles Rotblut from IL posted over 5 years ago:


I'm not sure what you are asking about in terms of ownership.

If you are talking about the shares themselves, the ETF shares are registered in your broker's name. You can ask your broker to transfer the shares to your name. If you do this and want to sell the shares in the future, you will have to transfer the shares back to your broker. It's mostly a matter of paperwork, though there might be a fee involved. Speak your broker and they will be able to assist you.


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