ETFplus: the ETF and ETC/ETN market
ETFplus is the regulated electronic market of Borsa Italiana fully dedicated to the trading of:
- ETFs (Exchange traded funds)
- Structured ETFs
- Actively managed ETFs
- ETCs (Exchange traded commodities) and ETNs (Exchange traded notes)
i.e. of the instruments that replicate the performance of indices (equity, fixed income and commodities) or single commodities.
ETFs are funds or SICAV subject to a low total annual commission traded on the Stock Exchange like a share whose main target is to track the reference index (benchmark) through a totally passive management.
Listed for the first time in Borsa Italiana in September 2002, they have achieved growing success, witnessed by a considerable increase in the volumes of trading and by the increasingly higher number of new products listed. Go to ETFs statistics
On the ETFplus market also innovative ETFs are listed, the so-called structured ETFs that mirror structured indices, enabling objective strategies to be:
- short (with or without leverage)
The ETFplus market satisfies the need to give life to a context where, in addition to ETFs, other also innovative categories of financial instruments may be traded, which, even though they are not funds, have the same operating mechanism. These are in particular the securitized derivative financial instruments, i.e. securities issued to cover the direct investment of the issuer in an underlying (e.g. gold bars) or derivative contracts on the underlying. The price of these instruments is, therefore, directly or indirectly related to the performance of the underlying, exactly like the price of ETFs is linked to the value of the reference index.