Invest in the Retail Sector With Retail ETFs

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People like to shop, there’s no denying it. Whether it's a dress, a TV or even a bathroom sink, it can be bought online. 

With that in mind, you may want to look at the retail sector as a potential investment opportunity. And what better way to gain access to the retail industry than a retail exchange-traded fund (ETF). Whether you are bullish or bearish on the sector, you can still utilize an ETF to execute your investment strategy. You can buy or sell a retail fund, and gain instant exposure to the industry, without having to corner the market on individual retail stocks or chase prices in an index basket.

And you also get the added benefits of ETFs as well. They can help you save money on commissions and fees as well as give the holder many tax advantages.

So if you want to explore the retail sector, consider these retail ETFs. However, make sure to thoroughly research each fund before making any trades. To help you with your research here is a current list of retail industry exchange traded funds:

List of Retail ETFs

PMR - Invesco Dynamic Retail ETF

This retail fund tracks the Dynamic Retail IntellidexSM Index, which consists of 30 retail stocks in the United States. The fund was launched by Invesco in October of 2005 and some of the top holdings include popular companies like CVS, Costco, Wal-Mart, The Gap, and Limited Brands. You can learn more on the PMR spotlight.

RETL - Direxion Daily Retail Bull 3X Shares ETF

This ETF tracks the Russell 1000 Retail Index but seeks a 3x leveraged daily return on the benchmark. Some of the top stocks in the fund and index are Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Amazon and Macy’s. You can learn more on the RETL Spotlight

RETS - Direxion Daily Retail Bear 3X Shares ETF - THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED

Like its counterpart RETL (mentioned above), this exchange-traded fund also tracks the Russell 1000 Retail Index, but it seeks an inverse return to the benchmark. However, it also seeks a 3x leveraged return as well.

RTH - Market Vectors Retail ETF

This retail ETF tracks the Market Vectors US Listed Retail 25 Index, which consists of twenty-five of the top retail company stocks like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Amazon, CVS and Lowes. You can learn more on the RTH Spotlight.


This exchange-traded fund tracks the FTSE NAREIT Retail Capped Index. Unlike the other retail ETFs that hold retail company stocks, this fund holds the stocks of companies involved with malls, shopping centers, and free standing stores. Some of the top holdings in this fund include Simon Property Group, General Growth Properties, and Kimco Realty Corporation.


This retail SPDR tracks the S&P Retail Select Industry Index, which includes companies like Netflix, Office Depot, Barnes and Noble and Game Stop in its holdings.

Be sure to research each fund making any trades. And if you have any questions or concerns, consult a financial professional or your broker. No ETFs (or any investments) are without risk, so be sure to understand the risks or disadvantages with these funds.