People like to shop, there’s no denying it. And in this new era of modern technology, shopping doesn’t always involve going to a store to compare price tags. There are so many websites where you can shop online, that you can sit right on your sofa and buy products with your phone, tablet, laptop, or computer. And as the technology industry grows, it’s only going to get easier.
So with that in mind, you may want to look at the retail sector as a potential investment opportunity. And what better way to gain access to the retail industry than a retail ETF. Whether you are bullish or bearish on the sector, you can still utilize an ETF to execute your investment strategy. You can buy or sell a retail fund, and gain instant exposure to the industry, without having to corner the market on individual retail stocks or chase prices in an index basket.
So if you want to explore the retail sector, consider these retail ETFs. However, make sure to thoroughly research each fund before making any trades. And to help you with your research here is a current list of retail industry exchange traded funds…
List of Retail ETFs
PMR - PowerShares Dynamic Retail ETF
This retail fund tracks the Dynamic Retail IntellidexSM Index, which consists of 30 retail stocks in the United States. The fund was launched by PowerShares in October of 2005 and some of the top holdings include popular companies like CVS, Costco, Wal Mart, The Gap, and Limited Brands.
RETL - Direxion Daily Retail Bull 3X Shares ETF
This ETF tracks the Russell 1000 Retail Index, but seeks a 3x leveraged daily return on the benchmark. Some of the top stocks in the fund and index are Wal Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Amazon and Macy’s.
RETS - Direxion Daily Retail Bear 3X Shares ETF
Like its counterpart RETL (mentioned above), this exchange traded fund also tracks the Russell 1000 Retail Index, but it seeks an inverse return to the benchmark. However, it also seeks a 3x leveraged return as well.
RTH - Market Vectors Retail ETF
This retail ETF tracks the Market Vectors US Listed Retail 25 Index, which consists of twenty five of the top retail company stocks like Wal Mart, Home Depot, Amazon, CVS and Lowes.
RTL - iShares FTSE NAREIT Retail Capped Index
This exchange trade fund tracks the FTSE NAREIT Retail Capped Index. Unlike the other retail ETFs that hold retail company stocks, this fund holds the stocks of companies involved with malls, shopping centers, and free standing stores. Some of the top holdings in this fund include Simon Property Group, General Growth Properties, and Kimco Realty Corporation.
XRT - SPDR S&P Retail ETF
This retail SPDR tracks the S&P Retail Select Industry Index, which includes companies like Netflix, Office Depot, Barnes and Noble and Game Stop in its holdings.
As more retail ETFs come to market or if any of these change tickers, names or get delisted, I will update this list, so be sure to check back often. In the meantime (as I said above) be sure to research each fund making any trades. And if you have any questions or concerns, be sure to consult a financial professional or your broker. No ETFs (or any investments) are without risk, so be sure to understand the risks or disadvantages with these funds.
Also, if you are looking for similar funds, be sure to check out the List of Consumer ETFs as well.