SPY is one of the largest and most heavily-traded ETFs in the world, offering exposure to one of the most well known equity benchmarks. While SPY certainly may have appeal to investors seeking to build a long-term portfolio and include large cap U.S. stocks, this fund has become extremely popular with more active traders as a way to toggle between risky and safe assets. A look at SPY's daily turnover reveals the short average holding period and the popularity with active traders. For those seeking to establish exposure to large cap U.S. stocks, the liquidity of SPY (including the deep options market) is unrivaled. Spreads are always very narrow, and investors can move in and out of this fund with ease. But for those looking to establish a longer-term portfolio, there may be better options within the Large Cap Blend ETFdb Category. In fact, other ETFs targeting the S&P 500 may be more appealing for buy-and-holders. Vanguard's VOO is cheaper by a few basis points, while iShares' IVV is another option. The advantage of these funds is structural in nature; SPY is a UIT, which means it doesn't maintain the flexibility to lend out shares or reinvest dividends. Over the long run, those limitations may allow true ETFs such as VOO and IVV to add a few additional basis points to the bottom line. Another potentially intriguing alternative is RSP, which holds the same companies as SPY but assigns an equal weighting to each. Historically, RSP has performed quite well, generating alpha with surprising consistency. SPY is a fine ETF, and is particularly useful for those looking to execute a trade quickly and efficiently. But those in it for the long run have better options available.
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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 section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 15 other ETFs in the Large Cap Blend 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.
The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.
The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of SPY 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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