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

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The U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS - Free Report) was launched on 04/30/2015, and is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to offer 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.

Additionally, sector ETFs offer convenient ways 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 10, placing it in bottom 38%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by U.S. Global Investors. It has amassed assets over $2.86 billion, making it one of the largest 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.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

ETFs offer a diversified exposure and thus minimize single stock risk but it is still important to delve into a fund's holdings before investing. Most ETFs are very transparent products and many disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

Looking at individual holdings, Southwest Airls Co (LUV - Free Report) accounts for about 11.41% 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 63.18% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has gained about 1.67% and is down about -29.58% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 01/06/2021), respectively. JETS has traded between $12 and $32.25 during this last 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 1.60 and standard deviation of 42.77% 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 carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, JETS is a good option for those seeking exposure to the Industrials ETFs area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.

First Trust NASDAQ Transportation ETF (FTXR - Free Report) tracks Nasdaq US Smart Transportation Index and the iShares Transportation Average ETF (IYT - Free Report) tracks Dow Jones Transportation Average Index. First Trust NASDAQ Transportation ETF has $805.49 million in assets, iShares Transportation Average ETF has $1.53 billion. FTXR has an expense ratio of 0.60% and IYT charges 0.42%.

Bottom Line

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