Why invest in Materials

Material sector provides the basic raw materials needed to produce other goods and services. The sector includes the mining and refining of metals, chemical producers and forestry products. The sector consists of all varied kinds of raw materials ranging from lumber , precious metals to some chemicals . Overall this sector is influenced by commodity prices , global supply and demand factors and global growth and development .

Key indicators to consider before investing

  • Economic cycles
  • Macroeconomic factors

Top 5 ETF’s by Market Capitalization

Name of the Fund Ticker Symbol /Total AUM* Year of Inception Expense Ratio
 Materials Select Sector SPDR  XLB  12/16/1998 0.14%
 Vanguard Materials  VAW  01/26/2000 0.10%
 SPDR S&P Homebuilder  XHB  01/31/2006 0.35%
 SPDR S&P Metals and Mining  XME  06/19/2006  0.35%
 iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials  IYM  06/12/2000 0.44%


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