Exchange: Are You as Smart as an ETF Nerd? | ETF Trends

Advisors got educated about ETFs and ETF experts got to show off their knowledge. What could be more enjoyable than that for an ETF nerd? 

Yesterday, before the Super Bowl kicked off, VettaFi hosted an ETF game show at the Exchange conference in Miami. As part of the ETF Study Hall, we brought together the ETF community to help share information about some equity, fixed income, commodity, and even spot bitcoin ETFs. 

ETF Quiz Show 

Wrapping up the two hours of continuing education was an ETF Quiz Show. This big game paired two experts: Cinthia Murphy of ETF Think Tank with Nate Geraci of ETF Prime. Douglas Yones of NYSE with Katie Greifeld of Bloomberg News. Lastly, Alison Doyle of Nasdaq with Eric Balchunas of Bloomberg Intelligence. My VettaFi colleague Lara Crigger co-hosted with me. 

The true winners were the advisors in attendance and everyone who is part of the ETF community. However, we know some of you could not join us in Miami. So below are the first 10 questions we intended to ask, and further down are the answers. Try not to look at the answers first and see how you do.  


Are You Smarter Than an ETF Nerd? 


  1. GLD is the largest gold ETF, but it is expensive. Name two gold ETFs that charge 0.10% or less in fees.
  2. There are two emerging market ETFs with $70 billion in assets. Which one does not have exposure to South Korean stocks? 
  3. What is the largest actively managed bond ETF? 
  4. HYG is the largest high yield ETF, but it charges a high fee. What is the second largest, much cheaper high yield ETF?  
  5. Which small-cap ETF has the most assets? 
  6. What is the largest MLP ETF? 
  7. What is the largest broad commodity ETF? 
  8. Which ETF has the largest weighting in Apple? 
  9. What was the first robotics ETF? 
  10. What is the only fixed income ETF with an expense ratio of zero? 


  1. The SPDR Gold MiniShares (GLDM) and the iShares Gold Micro (IAUM). 
  2. The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) does not have Korean stocks like Samsung Electronics inside. 
  3. The JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income (JPST) had $22 billion as of late January. 
  4. The iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (USHY) had $12 billion in assets as of late January. It charges a 0.08% fee. 
  5. The iShares Core S&P Small Cap ETF (IJR) had $75 billion in assets as of late January. 
  6. The Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) had $7.5 billion as of late January. 
  7. The Invesco Optimum Diversified Yield Commodity Strategy No K-1 (PDBC) had $4.5 billion in assets of late January. 
  8. The Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT) had a 22% weighting as of late January. 
  9. The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation ETF (ROBO) launched in October 2013. It tracks a VettaFi index. 
  10. The BNY Mellon Core Bond ETF (BKAG) has a fee of 0.0%, BKAG had $1.7 billion in assets as of late January. 

VettaFi LLC (“VettaFi”) is the index provider for ROBO, for which it receives an index licensing fee. However, ROBO is not issued, sponsored, endorsed, or sold by VettaFi, and VettaFi has no obligation or liability in connection with the issuance, administration, marketing, or trading of ROBO.

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