Since ETF Connect shut down :-(, my life has been the worse for it.  There are a lot of sites with ETF information but none as good.  I think the rest of the pack is catching up.

  • All ETF: All World ETFs is tech-shop Dorsey Wright‘s recent offering in the ETF space.  I think this is probably the best of the freely-available websites for investors to understand ETF composition, locate specific strategies, and general info.  I like the ETF X-Ray a lot. It seems best geared for more advanced users because you do need to know what you’re doing to get the value here.
  • Seeking Alpha: The site was one of the first movers.  CEO David Jackson composed his Seeking Alpha ETF Investment Guide (a must-read for investors new to ETFs) in 2006 and ETF content has been a mainstay of the site for all its existence.  There is an ETF Selector which is good (it’s hand written, not database driven) but as new products are launched, the site does better with its long-form content for analysis.  Once you drill down on an ETF you’re interested in, the site does a good job providing you with content and a table of competitive products (See IVE for example).
  • Morningstar: Morningstar’s best ETF content is typically behind a paywall.  But there are some nifty tools available at Morningsstar’s website that investors should use when researching the ETFs. Investors can build their own screens and there is a great list of upcoming launches of new ETFs.

*Most of the ETF provider sites like State Street’s SPDR and Blackrock’s iShares are quite good for their own funds.  The problem here is that for the most part, they don’t provide data/comparisons to funds from other providers.

**Yahoo Finance is surprisingly poor in their ETF coverage.  The site is geared for searching for ETFs by size, volume and fund family.  I don’t know of an investor who looks for ETFs like that.  I want to find the best small cap China ETF or short-term bond ETF.  Strategy is super important in helping investors identify actionable ideas in ETF land.