Get the Most Out of Your Portfolio: How Accumulating ETFs Can Help

If you’re interested in investing with accumulating exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and how they can potentially generate returns for your portfolio, this story is for YOU.

4 min readDec 25, 2022


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Accumulating ETFs are a popular investment option for many investors looking to build their portfolio over time. In this story, we’ll explore how they work and their benefits regarding your investment goals. Whether you’re a beginner investor or a seasoned pro, this post will provide valuable insights on how to make the most of your accumulating ETFs!

What Is an Accumulating ETF?

An accumulating ETF is a type of exchange-traded fund (ETF) that automatically reinvest dividends and capital gains back into the fund, rather than distributing them to investors. This means that instead of receiving dividends or capital gains in cash, the ETF uses them to purchase additional shares of the underlying securities.

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Why Should You Consider Accumulating ETF for Your Portfolio

Besides ETF-related advantages (such as diversification and low fees), accumulating ETFs are often used as a buy-and-hold investment strategy. Indeed, they allow investors to steadily compound returns by reinvesting their dividends and capital gains, without the need to take any action. There is beauty in simplicity.

Then, they are a first-choice asset to do “lazy investing and automated investments over time.

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In addition, accumulating ETFs could be less expensive than their distributin counterpart. Pay attention to documentation associated to these ETFs to avoid bad surprises.

Finally, they allow to avoid any dividend-related questions, such as taxation depending on your tax system. For exampe, in my country (Belgium), it’s way more efficient to get an accumulating ETF to bypass dividends tax. Remember keeping things simple, right?

Overall, they can be a good choice for investors who are looking to build a long-term portfolio without needs to access their dividends or capital gains in the short term. From my point of view, compounding returns is way better than receiving dividends, especially if you still have plenty of years ahead to invest and let the compounding magic happens.

Are There Any Downsides? Are They for You?

It’s important to note that there isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as it depends on an investor’s individual circumstances and financial goals. Some investors may prefer to receive dividends, while others may prefer to reinvest them in an accumulating ETF or other investment vehicle.

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For example, you may need the income from the dividends to meet your current financial obligations or you may want to use the dividends to fund other investments or expenses, such as portfolio rebalancing or financial independence. The good news is that I don’t see any real downside of using accumulating ETF.

Ultimately, the decision is yours. Choose wisely and accordingly!

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This article is for educational and entertainment purposes only and shouldn’t be considered as financial or legal advice. Not all information will be accurate, but all the data is sourced. Consult a professional before making any significant financial decisions. This article shouldn’t be seen as an incentive to buy or sell any of the securities mentioned therein, nor endorsement to any presented strategy. Some links can be affiliated ones.




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