As the ETF industry continues to expand at a rapid pace, investors are now introduced to some of the most intriguing and useful products available on the financial market. There are now over 1,400 exchange-traded products that allow you to gain cheap, liquid and highly transparent access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. Although the sheer magnitude of the ETF industry might make sorting through the space a seemingly daunting task, our team at ETF Database dedicates itself to providing the most useful and reliable resources available to ETF investors [see also 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].
Below, we highlight seven of the most useful tools, data pages and articles on ETF Database:
1. ETF Screener
ETFdb’s ETF screener has become one of the most popular tools for investors looking to identify ETFs that meet their objectives. This free, flexible resource lets users slice and dice the universe of more than 1,400 exchange-traded products in countless ways. Filters include “descriptive” data points such as sector, region, bond type and commodity family, as well as metrics such as expenses and performance.
The screener displays results in a tabbed format that allows investors to sort and filter using more than a dozen different metrics related to fees, yields and returns. ETFdb Pro members have the ability to download results into an Excel or CSV file [sign up for a free 7-day trial to sample the Excel Download].
Comparing ETFs can be somewhat of a daunting task considering the vast array of products investors have to chose from. But for some, comparing the best and worst of the ETF universe on a number of simple factors can be the quickest way to either narrow down the space or find the outperformers and the biggest losers. The ETF Best & Worst page allows you to compare the top 100 and lowest 100 ETFs by expense ratio, dividend yields and P/E ratios, as well as YTD, 52 week, weekly and monthly returns (DOIL has the best return over the past month).
As the ETF industry continues to expand at an impressive rate, issuers remain very active on the product development front, rolling out a number of new funds every week. With new product launches becoming more frequent, it can be somewhat overwhelming for investors to keep track of all the new ETFs. ETFdb’s ETF Launch Center is a great resources for helping investors sift through all the new products, outlining a collection of basic information, fund fact sheets and links to the “under the hood” analysis of new exchange-traded products.
The ETFdb Portfolios page is perhaps one of the most useful tools on our website, offering investors unique insights on how ETFs can fill your investment needs. Whether you’re looking for new ways to create a traditional long-term, buy-and-and hold investment or if you want to establish a tactical tilt towards a particular region or sector, the more than 45 all-ETF model portfolios are sure to offer an appealing strategy for all walks of investors.
Within each ETFdb portfolio is a detailed write-up of the investment thesis behind the portfolio, as well as in-depth analysis of each component and our selection process. Investors can browse through numerous traditional, buy-and-hold retirement portfolios, as well as our regional and themed portfolios.
To help sort through the over 1,400 available products on the market, ETF Database has placed each of the U.S.-listed exchange-traded funds into one of over 70 “best-fit” ETFdb Categories. By using a 1:1 methodology, each ETF is assigned to one and only one ETFdb Category, giving each individual fund a unique placement all its own. Whether it’s a Leveraged Commodities or an Emerging Markets Equities fund, the ETFdb Categories page will help you pinpoint exactly the ETF you’re looking for.
The ETFdb Types page allows investors to approach the ever-growing world of ETFs from a more narrowed perspective. For each ETF, the team at ETFdb has assigned “tags” that best describe what the product has to offer. For example, a leveraged government bond is tagged as “leveraged,” as “government bond” and as “bond.” Other tags include a detailed list of asset classes, regions, sectors, size and style.
For the latest news and analysis on the ETF universe, our team at ETF Database publishes over 25 articles a week, giving investors the most up-to-date information on all things ETF. We highlight recent launches and SEC filings, provide under-the-hood analysis on various funds, and cover the latest macro and micro-economic trends impacting ETFs. Additionally, investors can read our daily posts featuring the daily and mid-day ETF roundups and our picks for ETFs to watch each day.
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