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SSgA launches online ETF education resource


State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) is launching ETF Fact or Fiction (, a new website that provides individual investors with a resource for exchange traded fund (ETF) education. Designed to help investors better understand one of the fastest growing investment vehicles, the new site enhances SPDR ETF’s existing suite of educational resources, which includes and SPDR University (

Featuring commentary, research, and thought leadership from State Street Global Advisors, ETF Fact or Fiction will detail nuances of the ETF product structure, address common questions and misconceptions, and highlight key industry trends to help investors better evaluate ETFs. Included among the materials available through the website are:

Exchange Traded Funds: A Brief Introduction — an informative presentation that covers ETF basics and benefits, how ETFs compare and contrast to mutual funds, and the role of ETFs in building and maintaining a diversified portfolio;

How ETFs are Created and Redeemed — a concise article that reviews the process through which ETF shares are created, redeemed, and traded;

Separating ETF Facts From Fiction — a new comprehensive report that explores ETFs and the Flash Crash, ETF Tracking Error, the use of derivatives in ETFs, and the impact of securities lending by ETFs; and
Securities Lending & ETFs: An Overview — a new white paper that dissects the securities lending process – including its risks and benefits – and details best practices to mitigate key counterparty, collateral, and operational concerns.

"As the use of ETFs by individual investors continues to grow, improving investor education remains a core guiding principal for our SPDR ETF business," says James Ross, senior managing director and global head of SPDR Exchange Traded Funds at State Street Global Advisors. "The launch of adds an exciting new dimension to our existing online educational resources at a critical time in the growth of the ETF industry."

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