what's the difference between ETF and ETN?

Discussion in 'ETFs' started by mizhael, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. thanks
  2. ETF : Exchange traded fund
    ETN: Exchange traded note

    An ETN will track their underlying index but is basically a senior debt note issued by the sponsoring company.

    An ETF is like an index of the underlying securities.

    The big difference is an etn has credit risk if the issuing company were to default.
  3. Tax Reporting...
  4. both allow redemption?
  5. Notes expire while Funds allow for create/redeem - its just a different process.
  6. MTE


    One of the most important, if not the most important, difference!

    I had the "pleasure" of experiencing the credit risk first hand, when AIG got in trouble and some of the ETNs that were linked to them got hammered.
  7. losemind


    Could you please elaborate more?

  8. You get a "K-1" or "K something" at the end of the year...well nearly before April 15th...lets say.

    There are several lines off the form that you must report on your taxes vs. stocks...I do not remeber the details as Turbo Tax deals with it...

    As far as the ramifications...ETF's were better for me at that time...


  9. Options12

    Options12 Guest

    What happens to puts when an ETN issuer defaults as in Lehman '08? Can the owner of puts exercise, or otherwise cash out?
  10. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that didn't happen with the Lehman ETNs... You'd have to read the prospectus. A lot of the levered ETFs have clauses that protect counterparties against total loss in large moves. Doesn't say much for the investors - but the counterparties at least are in the clear.
    #10     Feb 13, 2012