Sometimes picking the right player in a given sector can be difficult, especially in the health care industry. This is where index-style investments like exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, prove to be extremely useful. The health care market has seen some excellent growth this year and some of the health care based ETFs have capitalized on that growth. We’ve detailed 3 health care ETFs that have outperformed the S&P this year showing gains of 32% to 42% growth year-to-date:
Investco S&P SmallCap Health Care ETF (NASDAQ:PSCH)
PSCH has shown returns of 42% year to date and has gained 58.77% in the last year. This fund targets small-cap health care companies with a majority of funds allocated towards companies with market caps lower than $2.7 billion. PSCH has a majority of its holdings in the health care equipment, health care providers, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sectors. Their largest holding is currently Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. which takes up 4.99% of holdings.
SPDR S&P Health Care Equipment ETF (NYSE:XHE)
SPDR’s Health Care Equipment ETF offers exposure to US-based business of all market caps with focuses in the health care equipment and supplies sectors. This is a relatively small fund with only $766.37 million assets under management but has shown returns of 34% year to date and has gained 39% in the last year. The majority of the fund is allocated to the medical equipment and advanced medical equipment sectors, with only 2.60% allocated to the pharmaceutical sector. XHE provides decent exposure to the health care market for those who don’t want to invest in funds reliant on the pharmaceutical sector.
Investco DWA Healthcare Momentum ETF (NASDAQ:PTH)
PTH is a great fund for those looking to invest in the biotechnology and research sector, as it takes up over 46% of the fund’s holdings. This ETF has seen returns of 46% in the last year and 32% year to date. This fund offers decent exposure to the health care equipment and provider sector as well accounting for 48% of the funds.
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