Stock picking is not every investor’s cup of tea. And, for those looking to hold US stocks for the sake of international diversification, the process of picking the right stock can be just as cumbersome. An alternative to buying individual stocks is to buy an exchange-traded fund (ETF). ETFs make it easier because they are structured almost the same as a mutual fund. The main difference between ETFs and index funds is that the former can be bought or sold during exchange trading hours.

One ETF purchase can be used to invest in hundreds of companies or bonds, or you can diversify across different sectors or themes. For example, the INVESCO Nasdaq 100 ETF with ticker QQQ aims to mimic the investment performance of the NASDAQ-100 Index before fees and expenses. Similarly, the investment performance of the FTSE China Incl A 25% Technology Capped Index (net of fees and expenses) is what the Invesco China Technology ETF aims to mimic. It basically gives you easy access to the Chinese tech sector. Additionally, sector-specific ETFs are also an option. ETFs that track the publicly traded equity securities of companies in the Energy Select Sector Index include the Energy Select Sector SPDR fund.

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The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), also known as SPY ETF, is the ETF to use when investing in S&P 500 companies. The performance of SPY closely mirrors that of the S&P 500 Index. By purchasing SPY ETF, you You can have exposure to some of the best US companies across eleven key industries in the S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 Index is generally considered the best indicator of large-cap US stocks. Information technology, healthcare and communication services are the three main sectors of the S&P 500.

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Invesco QQQ ETF is the ETF to buy to invest in Nasdaq 100 stocks. QQQ scholarship. Additionally, QQQ exposes investors to companies that are at the forefront of long-term, game-changing trends, including augmented reality, cloud computing, big data, mobile payments, streaming services, electric vehicles, etc.

Gaining exposure to a market that would otherwise be difficult to invest in is simple and affordable with ETFs. US ETFs provide access to a number of hot themes in the US stock market as well as the benefit of diversifying into foreign stocks.