This ETF offers exposure to the global industrial sector, a corner of the economy that includes transportation firms, providers of commercial and professional services, and manufacturers of capital goods. Given the targeted nature of the underlying benchmark, EXI 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 industrials sector or as part of a global sector rotation strategy. A few items are noteworthy with respect to EXI. U.S. stocks have a heavy weighting in the portfolio, accounting for about half of total assets. In addition, it should be noted that this ETF achieves good balance, spreading exposure across close to 200 stocks and generally avoiding major concentrations in individual securities. EXI probably is too targeted for most investors out there, but for those looking to bet on industrials with a global focus, it can be a useful tool. Those seeking U.S. exposure may prefer XLI or the equal-weighted RGI, while those looking to steer clear of the U.S. may want to consider IPN.