New ETF Tool: Country Exposure On Demand

by on July 22, 2010 | Updated July 21, 2011

ETF Database is pleased to announce the launch of the ETF Country Lookup Tool, a free resource that allows investors to identify all U.S.-listed equity ETFs that maintain exposure to a particular country. There are two ways to utilize this new tool: investors can either click on a country on our interactive world map or use a dropdown box to make a selection. The resulting table will show all U.S.-listed equity ETFs that maintain material exposure to the selected country. (Results exclude leveraged ETFs).

Results will include both “pure play” ETFs offering exposure exclusively to a single country, as well as those that spread holdings across multiple regions. So selecting Brazil will display the ETFs focusing on the economy (BRXX, EWZ, etc.) as well as BRIC funds and broad-based emerging markets ETFs.

This new tool quickly and accurately identifies ETFs that may be used to establish exposure to any one of more than 50 global economies accessible through ETFs. For example, many ETF-savvy investors know that there’s no pure play Greece ETF. But this tool will highlight the ETFs with significant exposure to GreeceSEA, BJK, and PWND. If for some reason an investor wanted exposure to Kazakhstan, he/she could quickly determine that FRN allocates about 5% of its holdings to the country.

With well more than 700 equity ETFs now available, investors have more options than ever before. This new tool is designed to make it easy for investors to quickly locate the ETF that is best suited for their investment objectives, or to narrow down the universe of options to the most appropriate funds.

“We’re excited to introduce a free tool that allows investors to navigate the rapidly expanding universe of ETFs with improved agility,” said Andy Hagans, co-founder of ETF Database. “This robust new tool will be a powerful resource for advisors, institutional investors, and individuals alike.”

The best part about the new Country Lookup Tool: it’s 100% free, with no limitations on usage and absolutely no membership requirements. We’re looking forward to rolling out several new ETF tools in coming weeks; sign up for our free ETF newsletter to get updates as we launch additional resources to make navigating the world of ETFs a little easier.

We’d love to hear your feedback, both on this new tool and on any resources you’d like to see us develop in the future. Be sure to check out our ETF screener if you haven’t already. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any comments or ideas. As always, thanks for continuing to visit ETF Database.

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.