6 Reasons to Exclude a Sector from Your S&P 500 Portfolio

  • The S&P 500 has been among the best known and the most widely used U.S. Equity benchmarks for decades. 

  • Today, investors increasingly demand customization and flexibility for their portfolios.

  • ProShares Ex-Sector ETFs allow investors to tailor the S&P 500, making it simple to underweight or even eliminate a sector in a portfolio. 

Here's how an Ex-Sector may be used as a core holding or a replacement for a traditional S&P 500 fund.
To potentially enhance return by avoiding a sector because of...


A sector's long-term prospects: Could energy companies struggle to transition from fossil fuels to green energy sources?


The business cycle: Could declining interest rates hurt financial companies' profits?


Fundamentals and price: Are tech stocks richly valued relative to their projected future earnings? 


To potentially reduce risk by diversifying a concentrated holding...


A professional working in a particular sector–a health care executive, for example–may be adequately exposed to that sector's fortunes.    


An individual may want to manage the single-company risk of a stock gifted or inherited from a family member. 


An investor may have "high-conviction" holdings focused in a particular sector. 


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S&P 500 Ex-Energy ETF

Excludes oil, gas and consumable fuels, and energy equipment and services companies.


S&P 500 Ex-Financials ETF

Excludes banks, diversified financials, such as consumer finance, asset management, investment banking and brokerage companies, insurance companies and REITs.


S&P 500 Ex-Technology ETF

Excludes information technology companies, including software, technology hardware and equipment, and semiconductor companies.


S&P 500 Ex-Health Care ETF

Excludes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences tools and services companies, and health care providers, equipment and services companies.

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