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ETFs -- we've heard all about them, but sometimes, it isn't totally clear how they work. Are they right for your portfolio? How do you decide which ones to buy? What are the risks?

And then there are leveraged ETFs, the controversial cousin of the plain-vanilla variety. Are they for you? How about for your grandmother?

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Ask Howard Atkinson, president of Horizons Exchange Traded Funds, which sells leveraged ETFs. He'll be online at noon (ET) on Thursday. Join the discussion by clicking on the live blog box below. Mobile users can view a more suitable version here.

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Mr. Atkinson has 22 years of investment management industry experience. He joined BetaPro Management Inc., an affiliate of Horizons ETFs, as executive vice-president in October 2006 and has led the growth in assets from $100-million to $2.8-billion as of September 30, 2009.

Prior to joining BetaPro, he was responsible for the Exchange Traded Products business at Barclays Global Investors Canada Limited and has held positions with a national investment dealer and major mutual fund companies. He is a past president of the Toronto CFA Society board of directors and is a member of the S&P/TSX Canada Index Advisory Panel. In addition, he recently achieved the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Atkinson is the author of four books including The New Investment Frontier III: A Guide to Exchange Traded Funds for Canadians, (Insomniac Press, 2005) and "Les Fonds Négociés en Bourse: Un outil de placement novateur pour l'investisseur avisé" (Transcontinental, 2003). In February 2010 he was recognized by ACTIF, Quebec's premier financial education co-operative, as the Top Educator for his efforts to foster financial literacy among Canadians.

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