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This unique produce from First Trust targets companies engaged in the 'smart grid' movement which seeks to upgrade America's electricity grid with 21st century technologies. This process looks to transform the electric system to one that is more efficient and all around 'smarter' than the current grid, potentially benefiting consumers and utilities alike. Companies in this fund include those that areengaged and involved in maintaining and operating the electric grid, electric meters and devices, networks, energy storage and management, and enabling software used by the smart grid infrastructure sector. Due to the often specialized nature of many of the companies in this field, most do not find their way into other, broad utility ETFs such as XLU or UTH making GRID an interesting pick for those looking to 'complete' their exposure to the utility sector. However, with budget crises around the country, the amount of money that can go to smart grid projects here in the U.S. may be limited so many should look for high levels of volatility in these products both due to their small cap nature as well as the political uncertainty surrounding the field.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for GRID on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Utilities Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 5 other ETFs in the Utilities Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.
The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of GRID relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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