Sectors ETF Overview

Sector ETFs dissect the market according to their economy activity. These products are popular with investors looking for targeted exposure in addition to their core equity exposure, as well as those looking to take advantage of long-term trends in the economy.

Furthermore, investors can benefit from the low correlations between each sector, which allows for easier risk management. From an active management perspective, they can also implement sector rotation strategies.

With 453 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Sectors ETFs gather total assets under management of $437.53B. The average expense ratio is 0.64%. Sectors ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity

The largest Sectors ETF is the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund XLF with $32.43B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Sectors ETF was the CWEB at 144.26%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Sectors space was the KraneShares MSCI All China Health Care Index ETF KURE in 02/01/18.


GASXDirexion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3x Shares52.17%
DRIPDirexion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bear 3X Shares48.87%
ERYDirexion Daily Energy Bear 3X Shares40.58%
DUGProShares UltraShort Oil & Gas26.27%
MLPBETRACS Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN Series B13.65%


GASLDirexion Daily Natural Gas Related Bull 3X Shares-39.70%
GUSHDirexion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bull 3X Shares-39.20%
ERXDirexion Daily Energy Bull 3x Shares-33.16%
NAILDirexion Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bull 3X Shares-31.20%
DIGProShares Ultra Oil & Gas-23.10%

top creations

XLIIndustrial Select Sector SPDR Fund1,722.08
XLKTechnology Select Sector SPDR Fund1,136.96
XLEEnergy Select Sector SPDR Fund686.58
ITAiShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF385.57
VFHVanguard Financials ETF362.13

top redemptions

XLPConsumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund-1,171.46
VNQVanguard Real Estate ETF-759.56
XLYConsumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund-511.04
GDXVanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF-386.88
XLFFinancial Select Sector SPDR Fund-328.32


OBORKraneShares MSCI One Belt One Road Index ETF156.30%
NAILDirexion Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bull 3X Shares137.98%
GASXDirexion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3x Shares66.19%
RXDProShares UltraShort Health Care65.75%
FINXGlobal X FinTech ETF64.61%


FTXGFirst Trust Nasdaq Food & Beverage ETF-66.48%
LBDCETRACS 2xLeveraged Long Wells Fargo Business Development Company ETN Series B-56.92%
MRRLETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN Series B -54.53%
FTXDFirst Trust Nasdaq Retail ETF-50.12%
SSGProShares UltraShort Semiconductors-37.10%

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