The Problem with ETF Names

ETF names can be puzzling.

That’s according to Karen Damato who asks the question – what type of exposure do you get with exchange traded funds such as the iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT North America Index (IFNA)?  Equally as puzzling, what do those initials mean in the name of the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select Social Index (KLD) or the Jeffries TR/J CRB Global Commodity Equity Index ETF (CRBQ)?

Turns out that the people who name exchange traded funds try to include the index name as well as award credit to organizations that have a hand in the data.  The result is a confusing string of names and initials.  Maybe that’s why most ETFs are known by their ticker symbol.

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