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Should You Invest in the U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS)?

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Launched on 04/30/2015, the U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to provide a broad exposure to the Industrials - Transportation/Shipping segment of the equity market.

Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.

Investor-friendly, sector ETFs provide many options to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Industrials - Transportation/Shipping is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 14, placing it in bottom 13%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by U.S. Global Investors. It has amassed assets over $1.18 billion, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Industrials - Transportation/Shipping segment of the equity market. JETS seeks to match the performance of the U.S. Global Jets Index before fees and expenses.

The U.S. Global Jets Index tracks the performance of Airline Companies across the globe with an emphasis on domestic passenger airlines.


When considering an ETF's total return, expense ratios are an important factor, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts in the long term if all other factors remain equal.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.60%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.39%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

It is important to delve into an ETF's holdings before investing despite the many upsides to these kinds of funds like diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

Looking at individual holdings, Southwest Airls Co (LUV - Free Report) accounts for about 10.88% of total assets, followed by Delta Air Lines Inc Del (DAL - Free Report) and United Airls Hldgs Inc (UAL - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 60.95% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has lost about -48.16% and is down about -46.15% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 07/09/2020), respectively. JETS has traded between $12 and $32.30 during this last 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 1.45 and standard deviation of 39.70% for the trailing three-year period, making it a high risk choice in the space. With about 40 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.


U.S. Global Jets ETF sports a Zacks ETF Rank of 4 (Sell), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. JETS, then, is not a great choice for investors seeking exposure to the Industrials ETFs segment of the market. However, there are better ETFs in the space to consider.

SPDR SP Transportation ETF (XTN - Free Report) tracks S&P Transportation Select Industry Index and the iShares Transportation Average ETF (IYT - Free Report) tracks Dow Jones Transportation Average Index. SPDR SP Transportation ETF has $194.64 million in assets, iShares Transportation Average ETF has $586.39 million. XTN has an expense ratio of 0.35% and IYT charges 0.42%.

Bottom Line

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