This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.
By Viktor Argonov, Senior Analyst at International Investment Firm
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and similar instruments such as exchange-traded notes (ETNs) have typically been the best strategies for long-term investment. Even generic funds such as SPY (which tracks the S&P 500 index) earned investors an average annual return of 10-11% since mid-20th century. An even greater revenue (around 15%) can be earned from specialized funds such as RPG, whose basket only includes stocks from companies with high growth rates.
However, COVID-19 has changed this. The indices plummeted in February and March, and, even though they have mostly recovered by now, they have not earned their investors significant profits yet. On the other hand, the pandemic has also caused the stock prices of many companies to rise, as the demand for their products increased. This was true of some ETFs as well, as they