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In addition to comparing the holdings of different ETFs, Bloomberg can also be used to compare the price performance of ETF's. The best function for this is the comparison function - <COMP>. There are two main types of performance you might want to analyze. The first analysis you might want to perform is a comparison of the performance of an ETF with its underlying index. For example, you might want to analyze the performance over the last five years for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF with the underlying S&P 500 index. This will give you a good idea of what the tracking error of the ETF has been over time. This exercise is less important with large, liquid ETFs that track well-known indexes such as the S&P 500. However, evaluating tracking errors may be vital for more esoteric ETFs, such as leveraged or inverse funds, as well as some country- or sector-specific funds.

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The second type of performance comparison that you might want to do with the <COMP> function would be between two ETFs. For example, you might want to look at the relative performance of two well-known high yield bond ETFs - HYG and JNK. In this scenario, you may want to choose the one that has done better over an extended period, or you may be more interested in an ETF that did well during a particular market cycle.


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