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Should You Invest in the iShares U.S. Infrastructure ETF (IFRA)?

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Designed to provide broad exposure to the Utilities - Infrastructure segment of the equity market, the iShares U.S. Infrastructure ETF (IFRA - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 04/03/2018.

An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also 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. Utilities - Infrastructure is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 9, placing it in bottom 44%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Blackrock. It has amassed assets over $1.78 billion, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Utilities - Infrastructure segment of the equity market. IFRA seeks to match the performance of the NYSE FACTSET U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE INDEX before fees and expenses.

The NYSE FactSet U.S. Infrastructure Index comprises of equities of U.S. companies that have infrastructure exposure and that could benefit from a potential increase in domestic infrastructure activities.


Investors should also pay attention to an ETF's expense ratio. Lower cost products will produce better results than those with a higher cost, assuming all other metrics remain the same.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.30%, making it one of the cheaper products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.97%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

While ETFs offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, a deep look into a fund's holdings is a valuable exercise. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Utilities sector--about 42% of the portfolio. Industrials and Materials round out the top three.

Looking at individual holdings, Infrastructure And Energy Alternat accounts for about 1.01% of total assets, followed by Xpel Inc (XPEL - Free Report) and Otter Tail Corp (OTTR - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 6.14% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

So far this year, IFRA has lost about -2.39%, and is down about -0.48% in the last one year (as of 12/26/2022). During this past 52-week period, the fund has traded between $32.24 and $39.92.

The ETF has a beta of 1.04 and standard deviation of 28.63% for the trailing three-year period. With about 163 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.


IShares U.S. Infrastructure ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 2 (Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, IFRA is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Utilities/Infrastructure ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.

Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE - Free Report) tracks INDXX U.S. Infrastructure Development Index and the iShares Global Infrastructure ETF (IGF - Free Report) tracks S&P Global Infrastructure Index. Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF has $3.59 billion in assets, iShares Global Infrastructure ETF has $4.02 billion. PAVE has an expense ratio of 0.47% and IGF charges 0.40%.

Bottom Line

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