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On this episode of Intelligent Money Minute, we interview Matt Hougan, Chairman of Inside ETFs on lessons learned from the ETF flash crash. You’re right to realize that ETFs have different risks than mutual funds. Unlike mutual funds, ETFs trade like stocks so like all equities that day, ETFs traded down during the Flash Crash. There are ways to protect against those sharp downturns by avoiding sleeping limit orders which is true for stocks at ETFs. Once again, Matt Hougan reiterates that ETFs can have a lot of unique advantages compared to mutual funds, but it still requires sensible practices.
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Matt Hougan Bio
Matt Hougan is one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, ETFs, and financial technology. He is Global Head of Research for Bitwise Asset Management, creator of the world’s first cryptocurrency index fund. Hougan is also Chairman of Inside ETFs, the world’s largest ETF conference. He was previously CEO of ETF.com, where he helped build the world’s first ETF data and analytics system. Hougan is co-author of the CFA Institute’s Monograph on ETFs. He’s also a crypto columnist for Forbes, and a three-time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable. For more resources from Matt Hougan click here.