Top 3 Healthcare ETFs for 2018

1. Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV)

  • Issuer: State Street Global Advisors
  • 2017 YTD Performance: 21.77%
  • 2018 YTD Performance: 1.67%
  • Net Assets: $15.05 billion
  • Expense Ratio: 0.14%

2. Vanguard Health Care Index Fund (VHT)

  • Issuer: Vanguard
  • 2017 YTD Performance: 23.26%
  • 2018 YTD Performance: 3.90%
  • Net Assets: $8.38 billion
  • Expense Ratio: 0.10%

3. SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI)

  • Issuer: State Street Global Advisors
  • 2017 YTD Performance: 43.77%
  • 2018 YTD Performance: 12.30%
  • Net Assets: $5.22 billion
  • Expense Ratio: 0.35%

XBI is a bit more expensive to own than other funds, but it’s still relatively efficient for a straight sector play that tilts toward small caps. There are currently 114 equities in its basket of holdings, and the top 10 holdings account for just 15% of the fund’s portfolio. 

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