The exchange traded world burst onto the investing scene in the ’90s, bringing with it a new way to think about asset allocation. The products were transparent, able to be traded intraday, and best of all, cheap. ETF expenses have been one of the biggest draws for many, as a number of funds compete to offer investors the lowest fees around. As such, there is something of a cost-cutting culture when it comes to ETF investing, as there is often a cheaper alternative for whatever investment objective you may have [see also 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].
Below, we outline the cheapest ETFs for some of the most popular investment objectives: