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Some ridiculous trading figures to consider

Believe it or not, the amount of ETF shares being traded has eclipsed the US GDP.

EASY MONEY: Traders taking a break outside the New York Stock Exchange. If individual investors can't resist the temptation to jump into the fray and trade themselves silly, then they will just be making Wall Street richer - as well as justifying John Bogle's famous claim that 'an ETF is like handing an arsonist a match'.

EVERYONE is talking about how exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have now overtaken hedge funds in terms of total assets.

That's small change compared with how much ETFs trade nowadays.

In the past 12 months, investors traded US$18.2 trillion worth of ETF shares, according to data from