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iShares ETFs - Class, Total Net Assets, Inception Date and Number/Top Holdings
BlackRock is a company that manages a family of ETFs known as iShares Exchange Traded Funds. An ETF is an investment vehicle with a lot of benefits such as the diversification, transparency of holdings and cost, tax efficiency and the ability to be bought and sold like any stock. An ETF tracks the performance of an index, sector, country currency, commodity, bond or any combination of asset.
This iShares ETFs trading item downloads fundamental data for 214 iShares Exchange Traded Funds. This information is saved in "ishares" database.
The different fields of the "ishares" database are:
Asset Class (class): This field gets the asset class of the exchange traded fund. The asset class field may include Equity, Fixed Income, Alternative, Specialty or Commodities.
Inception Date (inception): The Inception Date is the date on which the fund was created.
Total Net Assets (tna): This is the total net assets value of the iShares fund. This measure is used to calculate the popular Net asset value (NAV). This is done by dividing the total net assets of a fund by the fund's number of shares outstanding.
Number of Holdings (n_holdings): This is the current number of instruments the exchange traded fund holds. As an example, the S&P Global Materials Sector Index Fund (Ticker Symbol: MXI) holds 121 stocks.
Top Holding Ticker (top_holding): This field contains the ticker symbol of the asset that has the biggest weight in the iShares ETF.
Top Holding Weight (top_weight): The Top Holding Weight field contains the weight of the top holding ticker. For the iShares ETF, S&P Global Materials Sector Index Fund, the top ticker symbol is BHP (Billiton) and it accounts for 7.62% of the fund's weight.