This ETF offers exposure to the U.S. materials sector, a corner of the domestic economy that includes companies engaged in the extraction and production of various natural resources (and therefore potentially useful as a means of establishing "indirect" commodity exposure through commodity-intensive companies). Given the targeted nature of the underlying benchmark, IYM probably isn't very useful for those building a long-term portfolio; it will be more useful as a means of establishing a tactical tilt towards the materials sector or as part of a sector rotation strategy. Investors seeking more targeted exposure to companies engaged in the production of a certain type of raw material likely have a more granular ETF available to them; the Commodity Producers Equities ETFdb Category includes dozens of resource-specific funds, ranging from agribusiness to gold to timber. With regards to the underlying portfolio, it should be noted that while IYM includes about 70 individual stocks, a small handful account for a significant chunk of assets--a characteristic common among ETFs focused on this sector. Investors looking for better balance among materials stocks may prefer the equal-weighted RTM. The biggest drawback of IYM is the hefty price tag; investors can achieve generally similar exposure through FBM or XLB, both of which are considerably cheaper (and FBM may be eligible for commission-free trading in Scottrade accounts).
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for IYM on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Materials with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 4 other ETFs in the Materials ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of IYM relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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