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This ETF offers targeted exposure to U.S. companies operating in the software and services sector, delivering precise access to a relatively narrow corner of the technology industry. Within this sub-sector, holdings are actually somewhat balanced; XSW includes exposure to application software stocks, Internet software and services companies, data processing firms, systems software manufacturers, IT consulting companies, and makers of home entertainment software. Given this targeted focus, XSW probably has limited appeal to investors looking to build a long-term portfolio; this ETF is likely more useful for those looking to establish a tactical overweight position to this corner of the market. There are a couple aspects of XSW that are noteworthy. First, this ETF is linked to an equal-weighted index, a feature that results in a balanced portfolio and lack of company-specific concentration. XSW is also very cheap considering the granularity of exposure offered; while there are cheaper broad-based funds in the Technology Equities ETFdb Category (such as XLK and FTQ), this fund is a good bet for investors keeping an eye on fees. XSW is a very targeted product, and as such isn't optimal for every investor. But for those seeking exposure to software firms, the index construction methodology and cost efficiency make XSW an appealing option.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for XSW 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 Technology 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 7 other ETFs in the Technology 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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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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