Is now a good time to launch a new series of ETFs? It depends on your perspective.
One view is that a downward-trending market is a less-than-ideal moment to attempt to gain enthusiasm for a new family of ETFs. The opposing view is that the timing is near-perfect, as the majority of troubles have already been flushed out of the market.
"These ETFs were developed in response to demand from investors seeking targeted exposure to sectors that do not include U.S.-listed securities," said James Ross, senior managing director at State Street Global Advisors.These international sector ETFs are benchmarked to a series of S&P broad market indices, and cover a range of sectors, such as energy, technology, materials and financials. Each is market-cap weighted and includes only non-U.S. holdings. Scanning the new SPDR S&P International Energy Sector ETF (IPW), the fund contains top foreign names such as BP (BP - Get Report), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), Suncor Energy (SU - Get Report), Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ) and Imperial Oil (IMO - Get Report). Looking at the SPDR S&P International Financial Sector ETF (IPF), investors will see holdings that include UBS (UBS), Banco Santander (STD), Barclays (BCS) and Credit Suisse Group (CS - Get Report).
|SPDR S&P International Consumer Discretionary Sector ETF||IPD|
|SPDR S&P International Consumer Staples Sector ETF||IPS|
|SPDR S&P International Financial Sector ETF||IPF|
|SPDR S&P International Health Care Sector ETF||IRY|
|SPDR S&P International Industrial Sector ETF||IPN|
|SPDR S&P International Materials Sector ETF||IRV|
|SPDR S&P International Technology Sector ETF||IPK|
|SPDR S&P International Telecommunications Sector ETF||IST|
|SPDR S&P International Utilities Sector ETF||IPU|
|SPDR S&P International Energy Sector ETF||IPW|