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Among other instruments like Forex and Crypto, there is one that is usually preferred by more experienced investors. Novice traders tend to overlook it as it might seem more complicated than the more straightforward and familiar options. This instrument is called an ETF — exchange traded fund.

What are ETFs?

An exchange traded fund is a type of trading instrument that combines a collection of securities, (stocks, commodities, currencies etc), and it often tracks an underlying index. For example, a well-known index S&P 500 is tracked by S&P 500 ETF (SPY). 

ETF — the Most Diversified Trading Instrument
S&P 500 ETF on the IQ Option platform

ETFs can be bought and sold just like regular stocks, which makes it a flexible and convenient instrument. Since it is essentially a basket, it combines both risky and less risky assets, allowing for more diversification.

How to trade ETFs on IQ Option?

On the IQ Option platform, it is possible to trade CFDs on ETF assets. It means that at the moment of opening the deal, a trader makes a prediction regarding the price change of the ETF. 

Traders may speculate whether the price will grow or fall, without having to actually own the asset. Here is a step by step on how to trade S&P 500 ETF and other ETFs on IQ Option.

  1. Firstly, you may choose the asset that you prefer from the list of available ETFs. The list includes many different options for every kind of trader. 
ETF — the Most Diversified Trading Instrument
The available ETFs in the traderoom

The above mentioned S&P 500 ETF (SPY) might be suitable, for example, for those looking for technology and bank stocks. Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA), for instance, may interest those seeking for a fund that includes industrial companies whereas Energy SPDR (XLE) is an exchange traded fund that follows the performance of the Energy Select Sector Index and it may be suitable for traders interested in the energy field.

Each ETF has a description in the “Info” section, so don’t hesitate to read and learn about all assets before making a choice. 

  1. Secondly, if you are looking to open a deal on the chosen asset, you may select the investment amount, as well as a multiplier and stop loss and take profit levels. It is important to note that a multiplier may maximize the positive outcome, but it can also maximize losses in case of an incorrect prediction. These steps coordinate with trading on other CFD assets, like Forex or Stocks. 
ETF — the Most Diversified Trading Instrument
The setting of a deal on ETF
  1. Once the trade details are set, you may click on “Buy” or “Sell” depending on your expectation of the ETF’s price performance. Once you click the button, the deal is open.
ETF — the Most Diversified Trading Instrument
A running trade on Energy SPDR
  1. It is possible to keep the trade open for as long as you like, but mind your stop loss and take profit levels, as well as the overnight fees. All the risk management techniques should also be applied, as even though ETF assets imply diversification, they do not guarantee positive outcomes. Once you are satisfied with the outcome, it is possible to close the deal by clicking on the “Close” button.

As with any instrument, you may utilize technical and fundamental analysis in order to evaluate the ETF’s performance. Closely following the field that the ETF covers might also be a good decision.


ETF assets may be a solution for traders who wish to diversify their portfolio without acquiring numerous stocks and spending a large capital. With ETFs, it is possible to choose the field you wish to invest in and find the fund that suits your strategy best. As ETFs are traded like stocks, they can be bought and sold at any moment, depending on the trader’s preference. 

Now that you know all the basics, you are ready to try out CFD-type trading on ETFs on the practice balance. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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