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Should You Invest in the Fidelity MSCI Utilities Index ETF (FUTY)?

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The Fidelity MSCI Utilities Index ETF (FUTY - Free Report) was launched on 10/21/2013, and is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Utilities - Broad segment of the equity market.

Retail and institutional investors increasingly turn to passively managed ETFs because they offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; these kind of funds 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 - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 4, placing it in top 25%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Fidelity. It has amassed assets over $361.83 M, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Utilities - Broad segment of the equity market. FUTY seeks to match the performance of the MSCI USA IMI Utilities Index before fees and expenses.

MSCI USA IMI Utilities Index represents the performance of the utilities sector in the U.S. equity market.

Costs

Since cheaper funds tend to produce better results than more expensive funds, assuming all other factors remain equal, it is important for investors to pay attention to an ETF's expense ratio.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.08%, making it the least expensive product in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 3.08%.

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 99.70% of the portfolio.

Looking at individual holdings, Nextera Energy Inc (NEE - Free Report) accounts for about 9.75% of total assets, followed by Duke Energy Corp (DUK - Free Report) and Southern Co/the (SO - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 49.91% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF return is roughly 3.91% and it's up approximately 2.33% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 08/23/2018), respectively. FUTY has traded between $31.11 and $36.94 during this last 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 0.19 and standard deviation of 13.84% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 73 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.

Alternatives

Fidelity MSCI Utilities Index ETF sports a Zacks ETF Rank of 5 (Strong Sell), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. FUTY, then, is not a great choice for investors seeking exposure to the Utilities/Infrastructure ETFs segment of the market. However, there are better ETFs in the space to consider.

Vanguard Utilities ETF (VPU - Free Report) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Utilities 25/50 Index and the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU - Free Report) tracks Utilities Select Sector Index. Vanguard Utilities ETF has $2.77 B in assets, Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund has $7.62 B. VPU has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLU charges 0.13%.

Bottom Line

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