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Saturday, May 2, 2009

The ETF Investing Toolbox: Top ETF Blogs, Newsletters and Tools by Miranda Marquit

One of the hottest investment trends is ETF investing. Exchange traded funds can be traded on the stock market like stocks, but they track index funds. ETFs bundle securities on an index, eschewing mutual funds. It is relatively easy to trade ETFs, and there are ETFs that track bond indexes, commodities and currencies. Because they track indexes, they are normally relatively low cost to trade since there are no load fees involved. ETFs can be incorporated into long-term investment portfolios, as well as used by day traders. If you are looking to learn more about ETF's, here are 50 blogs, newsletters and tools that can help you on your way.

ETF Information and Overview

Here are a number of ETF blogs and other article sources that offer insight into the world of ETFs. These include a number of useful articles aimed at beginners, as well as insights for more advanced traders.

1. Seeking Alpha "ETF Sector" provides a number of articles about exchange traded funds, ETF picks and news regarding the latest developments.

2. MorningStar's Exchange-Traded Funds section provides a number of tools for ETFs, including definitions, rankings, screenings and cost analyzers to help you figure out what will work best for you.

3. MarketWatch "ETF Investing" is written by John Spence, one of the MarketWatch columnists. It offers information about what is going on right now in the world of ETFs, providing information that can be used to help you make investing decisions right now.

4. "Exchange Traded Funds" provides a number of helpful articles and news stories on ETFs, as well as links to resources related to exchange traded funds

5. The Motlety Fool "ETFs " has a number of informative articles on ETFs, as well as a handy "60-second guide."

ETF Blogs and Blog Posts

There are a number of blogs devoted to ETFs. And many investing blogs devote at least an article or two to ETFs. Here are some blogs and blog posts that can provide you with some commentary, news and analysis related to ETFs.

1. ETF Expert is a blog that offers daily commentary on ETFs, as well as a link to a radio show devoted to ETF investing.

2. The ETF Corner is a blog that specializes in technical analysis and ETF trading.

3. Rocket Science Investing is a blog that focuses mainly on ETFs, and includes investing news and ETF-specific news.

4. ETF Digest offers market comment in blog form, plus access to podcasts, and information on ETF hedge fund portfolios.

5. ETF Database has a library with articles particularly aimed at beginning ETF investors.

6. ETF Trends provides analysis, news and more regarding exchange traded funds.

7. My Wealth considers ETFs for the average investor.

ETF Newsletters

There are a number of newsletters put out periodically that cover ETF news, strategies and resources. You can usually have these newsletters directly delivered to your inbox in order to get fund news fresh every day. Many of these cost money, however, so consider carefully which you choose to subscribe to.

1. Forbes offers an ETF newsletter packed with the sort of information you would expect from one of the online leaders in investing information and analysis.

2. The ETF Review from Investors Intelligence is a weekly newsletter that offers fund picks, charts, trends and commentary.

3. ETF Investment Outlook is a newsletter that looks at advances and declines in ETFs, and provides insightful articles and information. Technical Talk and ETF Basics are highlights of this online newsletter.

4. ETF Investor Newsletter offers a look at news and information, as well as helpful ETF listings and personalized information aimed at your portfolio.

5. ETF Global Investor claims to help you find the best ETFs for your money.

6. ETF Expert provides a weekly newsletter that you can have delivered right to your inbox.

7. ETF Trading Signals is a newsletter focused on providing tips and signals on ETF news.

ETF Tools

There are many tools that you can use to improve your ETF investing strategy, or find ETFs that might fit into your portfolio.

1. Total Return Calculator from NYSE Amex allows you to enter purchase and sale information (including commission) to figure out total return on an ETF investment.

2. ETF Screener from NYSE Amex helps you screen prospective ETF investments, allowing you to choose a variety of parameters to help you choose the best ETF for you.

3. ETF Center from Schaeffers Reserch provides current quotes on ETF prices, most active ETFs and indicators for ETF trading.

4. ETF Desk helps you find ETFs, and develop strategies for them. It is an interactive online ETF community.

5. ETF Screen is a screener that lets you choose from a variety of views, as well as different sectors. There is also a performance comparison.

Miranda Marquit writes for Bankling, a new portal for personal finance information, which publishes a blog, and a resources section that contains tools like the best bank CD rates, the best savings account rates , online mortgage rate calculators and more.

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