First, even if you don’t trade currencies (and most people don’t), they can have a big influence on the stock market. Moves in the foreign-exchange markets impact companies operating outside the U.S. They can also move commodity prices and related stocks.
An ETF is an open-ended investment fund that is traded on the ASX – just like any share. ETFs aim to closely track the performance of a given index or asset class, so ETF investors can gain exposure to a range of investment strategies, geographic regions and asset classes, often at lower costs than a traditional fund manager. ETFs and can be bought as simply as buying a share on the ASX during the trading day. ETFs are also eligible to be bought inside Self-Managed Super Funds.