Essential Sites For the ETF Novice
Investors looking to buy exchange-traded funds face a tsunami of choices these days. With just over 1,000 ETFs traded in
1. ETF Channel (www.etfchannel.com).
Launched in June, this site targets both retail investors and investment professionals. One of its basic features allows users to enter an ETF symbol to find out what stocks or other securities the fund holds. Alternately, investors can type in a stock ticker to see which ETFs hold that particular stock. So if an investor is interested in a handful of companies but doesn't want to buy each stock individually, this tool can potentially locate an ETF that holds a basket of them.
Looking for, say, a faith-based fund or one that invests in
2. IndexUniverse (www.indexuniverse.com).
Known for its comprehensive coverage of the ETF world, IndexUniverse also offers a range of tools for new and experienced investors. For the novice, an education section explains the basics--how ETFs work, where they fit into a portfolio, and how to evaluate and trade them. If you're ready to dig in, a quick search on the site allows you to compare ETFs within a particular asset class. A search for a broad market fund, for example, turns up 20 offerings from providers that include Schwab, Vanguard, and iShares. You can then sort by specifics such as expenses, return, and standard deviation (a measure of volatility). Once you've whittled the list down, you can view each fund's holdings, assets, and country and sector breakdowns. Searches can be saved. The site also overs a wide range of ETF news and commentary.
It's best known for mutual funds, but
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