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This ETF offers targeted exposure toward the U.S. consumer staples sector, making it a potentially useful tool for those employing a sector rotation strategy or for investors looking to tilt their portfolio towards a low beta sector that can perform relatively well in down markets. PSL is one of the "Dynamic" ETFs offered by PowerShares, meaning that the underlying index utilizes a quant based analytical framework to select holdings. In exchange for this attempt to generate alpha, investors can expect to pay a bit more; PSL is more expensive than FCD and XLP. For those who believe the Intellidex methodology has the ability to add value, PSL might be an interesting play (First Trust's FXG also utilizes a quant-based methodology within this sector). But considering the less-than-impressive track record and expense differential, there are probably better ETF options for exposure to this sector.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for PSL 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 Consumer Staples Equities 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 Consumer Staples Equities 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 PSL 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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