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Should You Invest in the Fidelity MSCI Consumer Discretionary Index ETF (FDIS)?

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Designed to provide broad exposure to the Consumer Discretionary - Broad segment of the equity market, the Fidelity MSCI Consumer Discretionary Index ETF (FDIS - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 10/21/2013.

While an excellent vehicle for long term investors, passively managed ETFs are a popular choice among institutional and retail investors due to their low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency.

Sector ETFs also provide investors access to a broad group of companies in particular sectors that offer low risk and diversified exposure. Consumer Discretionary - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 8, placing it in top 50%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Fidelity. It has amassed assets over $644.20 M, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Consumer Discretionary - Broad segment of the equity market. FDIS seeks to match the performance of the MSCI USA IMI Consumer Discretionary Index before fees and expenses.

MSCI USA IMI Consumer Discretionary Index represents the performance of the consumer discretionary 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 1.20%.

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.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Consumer Discretionary sector--about 99.40% of the portfolio.

Looking at individual holdings, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN - Free Report) accounts for about 23.64% of total assets, followed by Home Depot Inc (HD - Free Report) and Mcdonald S Corp (MCD - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 53.47% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

So far this year, FDIS has added about 12.81%, and is up roughly 5.99% in the last one year (as of 03/19/2019). During this past 52-week period, the fund has traded between $35.51 and $45.63.

The ETF has a beta of 1.09 and standard deviation of 14.27% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 298 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.

Alternatives

Fidelity MSCI Consumer Discretionary Index 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, FDIS is a great option for investors seeking exposure to the Consumer Discretionary ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.

Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR - Free Report) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Discretionary 25/50 Index and the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY - Free Report) tracks Consumer Discretionary Select Sector Index. Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF has $2.75 B in assets, Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund has $12.28 B. VCR has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLY charges 0.13%.

Bottom Line

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