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Our Mission

The ETF Institute is the first and only independent organization providing ETF industry professionals and financial advisors with certification, education, and training pertaining to exchange-traded funds (ETFs). By granting the Certified ETF Advisor (CETF®) designation and upholding it as the recognized industry standard, we seek to help financial professionals increase their knowledge of ETFs, enhance their careers, and benefit the general investing public. The ETF Institute awards this designation to candidates who successfully pass a comprehensive examination, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of foundational ETF concepts.

With the proliferation of ETF products, including more complex vehicles such as inverse and leveraged ETFs, futures and swap-based commodity ETFs, and exchange-traded notes (ETNs), it is critical that financial professionals understand their inner workings. Through the CETF® examination process and required continuing education, our mission is to help financial professionals stay current in this rapidly evolving industry.

ETF Education

As ETFs grow in popularity and more options become available to investors, understanding key differences between ETFs has taken on greater importance. We seek to help educate you on both ETF basics and more in-depth ETF considerations.

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Most Important in Terms of Selecting an ETF

Exact exposure of the underlying index
Expense Ratio
Historical performance
ETF issuer
Tracking error
Tax efficiency
Trading spreads


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