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Should You Invest in the iShares U.S. Basic Materials ETF (IYM)?

Looking for broad exposure to the Materials - Broad segment of the equity market? You should consider the iShares U.S. Basic Materials ETF (IYM), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 06/12/2000.

Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.

Investor-friendly, sector ETFs provide many options to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Materials - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 5, placing it in top 31%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Blackrock. It has amassed assets over $876.33 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Materials - Broad segment of the equity market. IYM seeks to match the performance of the Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Index before fees and expenses.

The Russell 1000 Basic Materials RIC 22.5/45 Capped Gross Index measures the performance of the basic materials sector of the U.S. equity market.

Costs

When considering an ETF's total return, expense ratios are an important factor, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts in the long term if all other factors remain equal.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.41%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.49%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure that minimizes single stock risk, investors should also look at the actual holdings inside the fund. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Materials sector--about 93.50% of the portfolio.

Looking at individual holdings, Air Products And Chemicals Inc (APD) accounts for about 9.76% of total assets, followed by Freeport Mcmoran Inc (FCX) and Ecolab Inc (ECL).

The top 10 holdings account for about 57.66% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

Year-to-date, the iShares U.S. Basic Materials ETF has lost about -0.01% so far, and is up about 13.63% over the last 12 months (as of 03/17/2022). IYM has traded between $121.29 and $141.97 in this past 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 1.13 and standard deviation of 27.01% for the trailing three-year period, making it a high risk choice in the space. With about 41 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.

Alternatives

IShares U.S. Basic Materials ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, IYM is a sufficient option for those seeking exposure to the Materials ETFs area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.

Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB) tracks Materials Select Sector Index and the FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources ETF (GUNR) tracks Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources Index. Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF has $7.13 billion in assets, FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources ETF has $7.65 billion. XLB has an expense ratio of 0.10% and GUNR charges 0.46%.

Bottom Line

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iShares U.S. Basic Materials ETF (IYM): ETF Research Reports
 
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Ecolab Inc. (ECL): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
FreeportMcMoRan Inc. (FCX): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB): ETF Research Reports
 
FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources ETF (GUNR): ETF Research Reports
 
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