Using Google Finance to scan ETFs

Google Finance has the added feature of showing news articles that may be of interest since they maybe related to the ETF.  You can also put your mouse pointer over the D to see how much has been paid in dividends over the years.

For this particular ETF, there was a 4 for 1 split sometime after 2008. The green S.  A split means that if an ETF is $100/share, a 4 for 1 split will give you 4 shares at $25 each.  The purpose is to make the ETF more affordable for investors.

I chose to see the chart over 10 years.  If the ETF is new, 10 years of history may not be available.  Therefore, you will have to use another option to find the price history.

To find the index that the ETF tracks, you will have to use tmxmoney.com.  From there, put your mouse pointer over Research and look under the Indices and Constituents.

Currently, there are 6 categories of Indexes.  The main 3 are shown in the screenshots above and below.  The other 3, volatility, TSX Venture and the NGX, are to the right which got cut off with my screenshot below, but can be seen in the screenshot above.  Within these categories will be a list of all the different indexes.  You will have to find the index that the ETF tracks from the prospectus or from various websites.

Clicking on TSX, the list of all the indexes tracking the TSX is shown.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index is shown above.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find an ETF that follows this index. You will see that I can track the history of the what the price of the ETF may be by seeing how much the index went up or down over a period of 10 years.

Analyst companies such as Morningstar.ca have their own indexes.  There is currently no way that I have found to see the history or the constituents of the index unless the ETF tracking them has a history.

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