Invest in the Materials Sector with ETFs

List of Materials ETFs

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The materials sector is important to a lot of different industries. It impacts construction, manufacturers, metals mining companies, and basically any company that produces a product. Raw materials are essential to the economy.

And as investors, the materials sector can also be beneficial to a portfolio. Materials investments can be used to diversify a portfolio, hedge risk, or just increase exposure or take advantage of an opportunity.

So, if you are looking to invest in the materials sector, what better way than with a materials ETF. You won’t have to corner the market on materials companies, nor battle the pricing of a materials index. One ETF transaction can give you instant access to the sector.

Of course, no investment is without its disadvantages, and ETFs are no exception. But there are plenty of advantages (like the tax benefits) that makes Materials ETFs and attractive investment. So, if you want to see which funds are a possible fit for your investment strategy, take a look at the list of materials ETFs below…

AXMT - iShares MSCI ACWI ex US Materials Sector Index ETF (Recently Closed)

The first materials ETF on this list tracks the MSCI All Country World ex USA Materials Index and includes companies involved with materials production like BHP Billiton, BASF and Rio Tinto. Metals are the top sector represented in the fund, but it also has securities that represent the chemicals, construction, paper products and other industries.

CHIM - Global X China Materials ETF

This ETF correlates with the Solactive China Materials Index and includes securities such as Angang New Steel, Maanshan Iron and Steel, and Shanghai Petro Company. The two sectors represented in CHIM are Chemicals and Metals & Mining.

FXZ - First Trust Materials AlphaDEX ETF

This fund tracks the StrataQuant Materials Index and includes companies like West Lake Chemical Corporation, Alcoa, and Fastenal Company. The top sectors represented in this ETF are chemicals, metals and mining, and containers and packaging.

IRV - SPDR S&P International Materials Sector ETF

This ETF follows the S&P Developed Ex-U.S. BMI Materials Sector Index and includes companies like BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and BASF. The top sectors represented in the fund are Metals and Mining, Construction Materials, and Chemicals.

IYM - iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials ETF

This fund tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index and includes companies like Du Pont, Praxair Inc, and Dow Chemicals. The top sectors represent in the ETF are chemicals, industrials and mining.

LGEM - EGShares Basic Materials GEMS ETF

This fund tracks the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Basic Materials Titans 30 Index and its holdings include Vale Sa ADR, Anglo Gold, and MMC Norilsk Nickel. The top sectors represented in the ETF are Metals & Mining, Chemicals, and Forestry and Paper. And the top countries represented in the fund are India, Mexico and Indonesia.

MATL - Direxion Daily Basic Materials Bull 3X Shares ETF

This materials ETF is a 3x leveraged fund, which targets three times the daily return of the S&P Materials Select Sector Index.

The top sectors represented are chemicals, industrial gases and fertilizers.

MATS - Direxion Daily Basic Materials Bear 3X Shares ETF

Like its counterpart (MATS) this fund seeks a 3x leveraged return on the S&P Materials Select Sector Index. However, MATS also seeks an inverse correlation to the index as well.

PYZ - PowerShares Dynamic Basic Materials ETF

This fund correlates with the Dynamic Basic Materials Sector Intellidex Index and some of the top holdings are Eastman Chemical (EMN), CF Industries (CF) and Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold (FCX).

RTM - Rydex S&P Equal Weight Materials ETF

This ETF tracks the S&P 500 Equal Weight Index Materials and some of the top sectors represented are chemicals, metals and mining, and containers and packaging. Some of the top holdings in the fund are Eastman Chemical Company, CF Industries and Owens Illinois.

SBM - ProShares Short Basic Materials ETF

This fund tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index, but seeks a daily inverse return to the benchmark. The ETF uses derivatives such as swaps to emulate the index, but the index itself includes holdings like Freeport McMoRan, DuPont and Dow Chemical.

SMN - UltraShort Basic Materials ProShares ETF

Like SMB, this fund also seeks an inverse return to the Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index, but SMN seeks twice the leveraged return as well.

UYM - Ultra Basic Materials ProShares ETF

This fund also tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index, but is not an inverse fund like SBM and SMN. However it does seek a 2x leveraged return to the underlying benchmark.

VAW - Vanguard Materials ETF

This fund tracks the MSCI US Investable Market Materials 25/50 Index and includes companies like El DuPont, Montsanto and Dow Chemical in its holdings. Most of the top materials in the fund are chemicals like specialty chemicals, agricultural chemicals (fertilizers) and diversified chemicals. But there are other materials in the fund as well like metals, gases, and gold.

  • FMAT - Fidelity MSCI Materials Index ETF
  • JHMA - John Hancock Multifactor Materials ETF
  • MATF - iShares Edge MSCI Multi Factor Materials ETF

So that is the complete list of materials ETFs for now, but make sure to check back as I will update this article when new funds are added or if any are de-listed.

And before you make any trade, make sure you research each fund individually. Watch how they react to different market conditions. And consider talking to your broker or a financial professional if you have any questions or need any advice.

No investment is without risk, so make sure you understand the impact of any ETF or your financial strategy or your portfolio. However, once you conduct your due diligence, hopefully you can accomplish some of your investing goals with materials ETFs.