Should You Invest in the First Trust Dow Jones Internet ETF (FDN)?

The First Trust Dow Jones Internet ETF (FDN) was launched on 06/19/2006, and is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Technology – Internet segment of the equity market.


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Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.

Additionally, sector ETFs offer convenient ways to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Technology – Internet is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 5, placing it in top 31%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by First Trust Advisors. It has amassed assets over $3.97 billion, making it one of the largest ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Technology – Internet segment of the equity market. FDN seeks to match the performance of the Dow Jones Internet Composite Index before fees and expenses.

The Dow Jones Internet Composite Index includes only companies whose primary focus is Internet-related.


Investors should also pay attention to an ETF’s expense ratio. Lower cost products will produce better results than those with a higher cost, assuming all other metrics remain the same.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.51%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure that minimizes single stock risk, investors should also look at the actual holdings inside the fund. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Information Technology sector–about 46% of the portfolio. Telecom and Consumer Discretionary round out the top three.

Looking at individual holdings,, Inc. (AMZN) accounts for about 9.11% of total assets, followed by Meta Platforms Inc. (class A) (META) and Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO).

The top 10 holdings account for about 49.76% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has added roughly 11.77% and is down about -27.79% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 01/24/2023), respectively. FDN has traded between $116.11 and $201.45 during this last 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 1.08 and standard deviation of 34.59% for the trailing three-year period, making it a high risk choice in the space. With about 43 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.


First Trust Dow Jones Internet ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 2 (Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, FDN is a great option for investors seeking exposure to the Technology ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.

Invesco NASDAQ Internet ETF (PNQI) tracks NASDAQ Internet Index and the ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW) tracks N/A. Invesco NASDAQ Internet ETF has $496.49 million in assets, ARK Next Generation Internet ETF has $1.20 billion. PNQI has an expense ratio of 0.60% and ARKW charges 0.83%.

Bottom Line

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