Finding timely data on exchange-traded fundsis becoming increasingly important as more investors are looking to these investments for their diversification benefits and low cost. Prospectuses, performance information, tracking error, and other reports be downloaded at the ETF sponsor sites.
For some time now, Morningstar.com has arguably been the most robust website for funds, including exchange-traded funds. Data on ETFs rivals that presented for mutual funds, including quotes, charts, performance statistics, ratings and risk figures, and fees and expenses. A performance table allows users to sort ETFs by return for various time frames. An ETF screener is also available for free. Morningstar.com offers analyst research and commentary for premium subscribers, as well as a Quickrank tool that calculates a fair value estimate for the ETF.
SmartMoney.com provides data similar to that found at Morningstar.com, plus several tools specifically for ETFs. An ETF map shows the price performance and volume for the day (or whichever time frame you specify). The ETF Compare tool allows users to view several ETFs side by side, and an ETF screener is also available. All the tools are Java-based and free of charge.
ETFTrends.com presents news stories and analysis about individual ETFs and market trends. The site also provides fundamental data on each ETF, as well as the ETF prospectus and fact sheet. The ETF “Analyzer” works exactly like a screener. Premium members also have access to model ETF portfolios, email alerts and customized pages.