The New and Improved ETF Database: Fact Sheets, Holdings “X-Ray”, Technical Data, and More!

by on April 28, 2010 | ETFs Mentioned:

Since we launched ETF Database over a year ago, we’ve incrementally improved our Web site with new features like our free ETF index database, Excel export for screener results, and several other offerings. Everyone has been appreciative and supportive of these new features, but the simple truth was that (until today) there still wasn’t a single Web site on which an investor or financial advisor could do ALL their ETF research (at least, not since ETF Connect shut down).

So the staff at ETF Database listened – and we got to work. We’ve spent the past SIX MONTHS collecting data on each and every ETF traded in the U.S. In many cases our team of analysts manually reviewed and entered data points; for other types of data we spent some of our hard-earned money to license data (which we then pass it along to our Web site visitors for FREE). The result of this half-year long project is the new and improved ETF Database. Please check it out, use it to research a few ETFs, and let us know what you think!

To walk you through all the new data we’ve included, let’s take a look at the database ticker pages for the original ETF: SPY. We divided all of the data on SPY into several pages to improve usability.

  • The SPY overview page contains all the fund’s “quick stats”: pricing data, expense ratio, index tracked, ETFdb Category, recent news stories, and so on.
  • The SPY holdings page “x-rays” the ETF in all sorts of ways, displaying its top ten holdings, country breakdown, sector breakdown, and more.
  • The SPY fact sheet page includes the official ETF fact sheet, straight from the issuer. It’s displayed right on so you don’t have to keep clicking back and forth.
  • The SPY technical data page is useful for investors who like to trade on technical data or trends, and includes momentum, support and resistance data.
  • The SPY fundamentals page is chock-full of important fundamental data including dividend amount and date, historical return data, and expense ratio as compared to similar ETFs in the same ETFdb Category.
  • The SPY charts page will overwhelm you with charts, including a simple line chart, an intraday chart, a candlestick chart, a directional bar chart and a high/low/close chart.

So what are we most excited about? We believe the two most useful improvements are:

  • New and proprietary data integrated into each ETF page: Data points such as index tracked (and other ETFs tracking similar indexes) are freely available but not collected on any central Web site. We took the time to capture this info from each ETF and display it where it makes sense. Cost-conscious investors will also benefit from the expense ratio analysis on each ETF’s fundamentals page where each fund’s expenses are compared to other funds in the same ETFdb Category.
  • The holdings and “x-ray” features across asset classes: When you buy an ETF, you want to know what the underlying assets are. For different ETFs (or ETF asset classes), that can mean different things — so we’ve designed the holdings pages different for each asset class of ETFs. Let’s walk through a few ETFs to elaborate.

Equity ETFs

  • EEM Holdings Page: If you’re buying an “emerging markets ETF”, it pays to know what the issuer is defining as “emerging market”! The country breakdown is displayed in both tabular and pie chart form, along with asset allocation breakdown, sector breakdown, market cap breakdown, and regional breakdown. Also see: EEM Fact Sheet, EEM Fundamentals, EEM Technicals, EEM Charts.
  • XLF Holdings Page: you’re buying a “sector ETF”, you may want to keep an eye on the region breakdown or market cap breakdown, both of which are displayed in both tabular and pie chart form. Of course the page also contains asset allocation breakdown and country breakdown as well as the top ten holdings. Also see: XLF Fact Sheet, XLF Fundamentals, XLF Technicals, XLF Charts.

Commodity ETFs

Bond ETFs

Thanks for reading this update and being a regular visitor to We did invest quite a bit of our resources in the new and improved ETF Database so please make sure you use it! If you’d like to support ETFdb, please consider becoming an ETFdb Pro member (you can learn more or sign up for a free trial here). We’d also love any feedback you have on the new features so please feel free to drop me a line at

That’s all for now – cheers and have a GREAT day!


Michael Johnston
Co-founder, ETF Database