Mar 26, 2010
A nice feature of ETF's is that the ETF providers issue holdings on a daily basis -- so you can always access up-to-date information of how the ETF is weighted and its sector allocation or a number of other useful pieces of information. This image of an internet ETF shows the holdings of FDN --- with other useful info just a click away on the First Trust website.
For fixed-income ETF's, we find its helpful to add the approximate duration of the ETF (in parentheses after the name) so when looking at a number of ETF's in a list, you can quickly understand the ETFs approximate sensitivity to interest rates. Again, other ETF statistics (all updated each night) are just a few clicks away.