More ETF Numbers | ETF Trends

More exchange traded fund (ETF) lingo to help you swim, not just float, the investment waters.  Morningstar highlights:

  • Return On Equity – This measure will give insight into the efficiency of a firm’s management. Does it have a superior business model?
  • Price/Prospective Earnings – This represents the price investors are paying for each dollar of expected earnings per share. Prospective earnings are based upon a consensus analysts opinion of how much that company will earn for the fiscal year. For an ETF it is computed by a weighted average of the ratio of all its holdings.
  • Price/Earnings – The most widely quoted price multiple, giving investors an idea of how much they are paying for a company’s earnings power. It is computed by dividing a stocks current market price by its trailing 12 month earnings per share.
  • Average Daily Volume – Average number of shares traded each day. Gives a general idea to the popularity of the ETF.
  • Expense Ratio – Shows the percentage of assets that are consumed by a funds operating, administrative, and management fees. An important data point for discerning each ETF.

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