Investment Capabilities

Invest with Sector ETFs

Sector ETFs are a powerful tool for investors, offering a straightforward way to incorporate simple or sophisticated sector strategies with precision and transparency. And with $447B in AUM,1 it’s clear that equity sector ETFs are more than just a trend.

Powerful Portfolio Construction Tools

Sectors divide the economy into groups of companies that operate similar businesses or provide related products and services. Creating these segments enables in-depth analysis of market dynamics to see which parts of the economy are flourishing - or lagging - in order to find pockets of potential out performance.

Sector investments provide targeted exposure to these economic segments, giving you a wide variety of options to enhance the core of your equity portfolio and adapt to changing market cycles with agility and precision.

Customize Portfolios with Sector Strategies

Using sector-based investment strategies can help you align and adjust your portfolios based on macroeconomic or thematic trends, like clean energy and declining interest rates, shifts in stock fundamentals, or technical indicators, like momentum.

Sector strategies can be employed to help you:

  • Pursue alpha: capitalize on a wide dispersion of returns by overweighting winners and underweighting losers
  • Position for business cycles: align your portfolio with shifts in business cycles by either increasing or reducing allocations to sectors based on the current economic phase
  • Capture secular or cyclical industry trends: sectors are closely aligned with specific economic variables (oil, inflation, rates), and can help investors capture secular or cyclical industry trends
  • Harness diversification benefits: seek targeted exposure to a theme or trend without taking on stock-specific risks

Read more about each of these investment cases in Four Reasons to Implement a Sector Strategy.

Assess Sector Performance and Flows

Ready to evaluate a sector allocation? Use these resources to guide your decision making.

Sector Scorecard

Compare sectors based on valuation, sentiment, volatility, and more.

Sector & Industry Dashboard

Updates on sector flows, index returns and relevant SPDR ETFs.

Spotting Sector Trends

Three trends for the coming quarter—are you positioned for them?

How to Construct a Sector Portfolio

When you’re ready to implement a sector strategy, you can consider carving out a portion of your US equity exposure for sectors. Then, choose your sectors based on these types of analysis:


Analyze business cycles to rotate towards sectors that could potentially benefit more from the current economic phase.


Survey macroeconomic data (oil, inflation, rates) to position according to changes in certain macroeconomic variables. Identify cyclical or secular industry trends to harness the growth potential within a particular segment of the economy.


Use aggregated company-level data to identify sectors with attractive fundamental characteristics, such as cheaper valuations and/or stronger earnings sentiment.


Evaluate recent performance to overweight/underweight sectors with strong price momentum.

Choose ETFs for Your Sector Allocation

Investing in sector ETFs can be an efficient way to implement sophisticated strategies with precision and transparency.

ETFs can offer:

  • Exposure to an entire sector or industry in one trade; 
  • Cost-effective, liquid access; and
  • Transparency, so you’ll always know the full makeup of your exposure.

Select Sector SPDR® ETFs

As the largest US sector ETF suite, Select Sector SPDR funds have historically traded with greater volume and tighter bid/ask spreads compared to other sector ETF families, which may lead to lower total cost of ownership.2

SPDR Industry ETFs

With a modified equal-weighted methodology, SPDR Industry funds offer broader industry coverage with a mid- and small-cap tilt and less concentration risk than market cap weighted exposures.

Full Service

Let our Investment Solutions Group (ISG) do the work. The SPDR® SSGA US Sector Rotation ETF (XLSR), combines tactical overweights and underweights of S&P 500 sector ETFs based on ISG’s sector return forecasts and research, which includes a proprietary, quantitative sector selection model.

Partner with a Leader in Sector Investing

State Street Global Advisors launched the world’s first suite of sector ETFs in 1998, and continues to expand on that heritage to help investors precisely meet their desired sector exposures.


World’s largest sector ETF provider 3

19x greater

Average trading volume than the next-largest competitor 4

20+ Yrs.

Managing sector ETFs

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1 Morningstar, as of 09/30/2019. US-listed ETFs in the Morningstar US Category Group – Sector Equity.

2 Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of 09/30/2019. Based on total assets, 3-month average trading volume and 30-day average bid/ask spread.

3 Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of 09/30/2019.

Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of 09/30/2019.


Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS)

A financial-industry guide for classifying industries that is used by investors around the world. The GICS structure consists of 11 sectors, 24 industry groups, 68 industries and 157 sub-industries, and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has categorized all major public companies into the GICS framework.

Sector Investing

An investor or portfolio that invests assets into one or more sector of the economy. The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) consists of 11 sectors: Communication Services, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, Financials, Health Care,Industrials, Information Technology, Materials, Real Estate, and Utilities.


The information provided does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status or investment horizon. You should consult your tax and financial advisor.

Frequent trading of ETFs could significantly increase commissions and other costs such that they may offset any savings from low fees or costs.

Concentrated investments in a particular sector or industry tend to be more volatile than the overall market and increases risk that events negatively affecting such sectors or industries could reduce returns, potentially causing the value of the Fund’s shares to decrease.

Passively managed funds invest by sampling the Index, holding a range of securities that, in the aggregate, approximates the full Index in terms of key risk factors and other characteristics. This may cause the fund to experience tracking errors relative to performance of the Index.

Select Sector SPDR Funds bear a higher level of risk than more broadly diversified funds. All ETFs are subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal. Sector ETFs products are also subject to sector risk and nondiversification risk, which generally results in greater price fluctuations than the overall market.

Investing involves risk including the risk of loss of principal.