S&P 500 ETF (SPY) Research
The SPDR S&P 500 ETF – because of its ticker (SPY) also called SPY ETF - is the world’s largest ETF ($145 billion in assets). It is also one of the most cost and tax effective ways to gain exposure to a broad basket of stocks. For an annual gross expense ratio of 0.1102%, investors get exposure to the 500 stocks tracked by the S&P 500 Index. Tell me something I don’t already know — you may say, and rightfully so. Nearly every investor is aware of the benefits of the S&P 500 ETF.
“There are things an ETF fact sheet or prospectus won’t tell you,” says Simon Maierhofer, founder of iSPYETF. “ETF providers may craft the best in business ETF, but they can’t and won’t tell you when to buy and when to sell.” That’s up to you. What good is owning the best in class ETF if you buy it at the top or sell it at the bottom? Nothing.
Really good ETF research goes beyond filtering ETFs and identifying the best in class ETF. Really good ETF research pinpoints good times to buy and the right time to sell. That doesn’t mean you will never ever lose money, but good ETF research (in this case focused on the S&P 500 ETF) acts like a map. It shows you where stocks are in the business cycle and if it’s a good time to buy now, or if it’s better to wait for lower prices.
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