Should You Invest in the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB)?
Looking for broad exposure to the Materials - Broad segment of the equity market? You should consider the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 12/16/1998.
While an excellent vehicle for long term investors, passively managed ETFs are a popular choice among institutional and retail investors due to their low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency.
Additionally, sector ETFs offer convenient ways to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Materials - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 16, placing it in bottom 0%.
The fund is sponsored by State Street Global Advisors. It has amassed assets over $5.49 billion, making it one of the largest ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Materials - Broad segment of the equity market. XLB seeks to match the performance of the Materials Select Sector Index before fees and expenses.