Investment Ideas

US equities

Access the world’s largest market

Most Australian investors hold highly concentrated portfolios focused on the local stock market. And as a result, are highly exposed to Australian economic cycles. By investing in US equities, you can gain exposure to a larger and more diverse economy.

The United States’ flagship benchmark, the S&P 500® Index offers investors the opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure to leading global companies, which represent approximately 50% of global equity market capitalisation1, revenue and earnings.
  • Access sectors that are underrepresented in Australia, such as IT, pharmaceuticals and defence.
  • Tap into far-reaching diversification with exposure to 500 US stocks and 24 industry groups across 11 sectors.*
  • Harness the strength and growth potential of the world’s largest economy.

Previously, the complexity of investing offshore may have deterred you from accessing the diversification benefits and growth potential of the US market. The world’s most widely traded ETF2, SPDR S&P 500® ETF, gives you the opportunity to tap into the world’s economic powerhouse.

The SPDR S&P 500® ETF seeks to provide investment results that, before expenses, correspond to the performance of America’s largest blue-chips through the S&P 500 Index.

US Market

3 Reasons to Diversify Your Portfolio into the US Market
  1. Reduce concentration by diversifying into the world’s largest market
  2. Harness the growth potential of the US economy
  3. Access sectors underrepresented in the Australian market

Related products

Facts About Us

We Built the First US ETF

We pioneered ETFs as a simple, cost effective means of investing in the performance of market indices, with all the benefits of listed market liquidity.

With the American Stock Exchange, we developed and launched the SPDR S&P 500® ETF, the first of its kind in the US. Each new member of the SPDR ETF family reflects our intimate knowledge of the ETF market and over 35 years of indexing experience.

As with our first ETF, all our ETFs are physically backed to closely replicate the performance of each index. 

Launch of SPY at the NY Stock Exchange

*As of 30 June 2019

1Source: Factset, S&P Global Broad Market Index. Weight of United States in S&P Global Broad Market Index was 53.6% as of 30 June 2019.

2Source: State Street Global Advisors, Bloomberg Finance, L.P. as of 31 May 2019.