What is Transparency?
Transparency in the investment business means how much access the investor has to information about the company stock or fund manager. There is low transparency where there is not much public information on the investment such as an Alternative fund. In this case the alternative fund does not trade or disclose their investments except upon request. On the other hand, high transparency means the information about company is readily available on financial reports and the investment positions on funds are visible to the public.
Unfortunately, there are degrees of transparency in dealing with your investments. Most publicly traded stocks have their financial information at the company website themselves or government filings. On the fund manager end the least transparent funds are Alternative investments with ETFs being the most transparent of fund managers.
ETF TRANSPARENCY ADVANTAGES
ETF transparency sets a high standard for fund managers. You are able to see the entire holdings of an ETF at the website of the Fund company. These holdings are updated daily.
You are able to see the expense ratio clearly publicized at most research websites such as Morningstar or ETFdb to include the fund’s own website.