Introducing The New & Improved ETFdb.com

by on August 22, 2011 | ETFs Mentioned:

ETFdb.com, the independent and authoritative database of exchange-traded products, is excited to announce the introduction of an expanded and improved suite of resources that offers tools for segmenting and analyzing more than 1,300 U.S.-listed ETFs and ETNs. The combination of these new tools with the robust ETF categorization system maintained by ETFdb gives investors a powerful, free resource for comparing exchange-traded products on dozens of different metrics, including expenses, historical returns, and yields.

The enhancements to ETFdb.com are visible on the ETFdb Category pages, which now include six tabs full of information of groups of ETFs that maintain similar risk and return profiles. For example, the China Equities ETFdb Category page now allows investors to quickly and easily compare the 13 ETFs offering exposure to the Chinese economy. This page, like all ETFdb Category pages, includes six tabs that provide dozens of data points for each fund:

  • Overview: This tab includes basic information on each ETF, including price, daily change, assets under management, average daily volume, and year-to-date return.
  • Expenses: This tab allows for quick comparison of the expenses charged by each ETF in a given category. In addition to bottom line expense ratio, these pages also identify which trading platforms, if any, offer commission free trading in each fund. Among the China ETFs, for example, FXI is available on two platforms and GXC can be traded commission free in TD Ameritrade accounts. This tab also includes inception date, which may be useful for investors only interested in products with track records of a certain length.
  • Dividends: For investors interested in yield, the new dividends tab allows for quick comparison of ETF distributions. In addition to the dollar amount of the most recent distribution, this tab includes annual dividend yield, P/E ratio, and beta for each ETF.
  • Technicals: This tab includes key technical data points for each ETF, including support and resistance levels and relative strength indicators. Also included is a link to more in-depth technical metrics for each ETF.
  • Analysis: This final tab includes links to free ETFdb tools that offer more complete analysis of each ETF, including a look at the official fund fact sheet, X-ray holdings data (provided by Morningstar), advanced charting capabilities, and the head-to-head ETF comparison tool.

Many of these data fields are fully sortable, making it easy for investors to identify the cheapest ETF in the Europe Equities ETFdb Category (VGK) or the ETF in the Emerging Markets ETFdb Category with the best performance over the last five years (that would be EWM, by a landslide).

These enhanced data capabilities are also included on more than 300 ETFdb Types pages that group together products offering exposure to a specific sector, region, commodity, or bond type. For example, investors can quickly see complete information on all India ETFs (either including or excluding leveraged and inverse options) or all ETPs offering exposure to copper. Again, the sorting capabilities allow for customized manipulation of the various ETF data points.

“The enhancements to the ETF data we’re introducing today give ETF investors access to a powerful set of tools that isn’t available anywhere else,” said Damon Wirth, Director of ETF Data and Analytics Implementation. “We have literally added thousands of new pages to ETFdb.com, each full of valuable data that can be easily manipulated by our users to identify the ETF that is right for their portfolio.”

Upgraded ETF Screener

The new data-filled tabs have also been integrated into the ETF screener, a free resource that allows investors to filter the universe of U.S.-listed ETPs by more than a dozen different criteria. For example, investors can specify all physically-backed gold ETFs (there are more besides GLD), zero in on ETFs offering exposure to intermediate-term munis, or filter down to the funds that offer exposure to China’s technology sector (two options). With these filtered results come the complete package of analytics; once you use the ETF screener to identify funds that match your investment criteria, comparing the choices on a variety of metrics is easy.

Coming Soon From ETFdb

The introduction of the new research capabilities now available on ETFdb.com is an exciting moment for all of us at ETF Database; it represents a major step forward in our ongoing efforts to deliver a comprehensive set of data and analytical capabilities for ETF investors. And we’re excited to be able to offer these new features to our users 100% free–just like all other ETF tools available on ETFdb.com.

In coming months, we’ll be pulling back the curtain on several more additions to this suite of products that will further simplify the business of ETF investing. As always, we look forward to any feedback you may have on the new capabilities or any aspect of ETFdb.com, as well as any suggestions for features that you’d like to see added in the future. Feel free to drop any of us a note, or leave a comment below.

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.