How To Know What’s In Your ETF

May 31, 2019

One of the benefits of investing in ETFs is portfolio transparency. As an investor, it’s easy to know what you own in an ETF.

At, we tackle portfolio holding transparency from two different angles—both of them freely available to anyone using our website. The first is through our individual fund pages where you can see what securities are in an ETF you own, as you can see here with the largest ETF in the world in terms of assets, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY).

The second is through our ETF Stock Finder tool, where you can see what ETFs own a specific security, such as Tesla.

Here’s a quick run-down of how to go about using our resources.

Good First Step: Fund Pages

If you own, say, the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV), and you want to know what stocks are in that portfolio, and just how much exposure you’ll be getting to these stocks in the overall mix, check out IVV’s fund page:

There’s lots of data in our fund pages relating to all aspects of the ETF itself, and portfolio construction is right at the top. As the IVV tables below reflect, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Facebook are your biggest allocations, and technology leads your sector exposure. The composition of the entire basket is right at your fingertips.



This type of under-the-hood portfolio information is available for all 2,200-plus ETFs on the market today, using the same URL format:

Now, say, you read today’s MarketWatch article on the most beaten-down stocks of the year. According to the piece, 14 stocks in the S&P 500 are down at least 50% from their 52-week highs, a noteworthy performance if you consider the S&P 500 is up double digits year to date.

There are all sorts of stocks on that list. Biotech firm Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) leads the group, with losses of 63% from its highs. Telecom company CenturyLink (CTL) is down 58%. Oil firm Halliburton (HAL) is down 56%, and so on. (You can see the whole list here.)

You might find yourself wanting to avoid these stocks entirely, or you might be a big believer in bargain hunting, and you want to buy into these beaten-down names looking for a rebound. Either way, if you are an ETF investor, you can find what ETFs own these stocks in our stock finder tool.

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