Do you feel like your exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio could use a jolt of energy? Lackluster earnings in other sectors have been zapped by weak earnings growth, the credit crunch and concerns about looming inflation. Energy, telecom and technology have kept the recent bull market from falling out and utilities have slid only the narrowest bit, reports Don Dion for Seeking Alpha. iShares S&P Global Utilities (JXI) is up 14.2% year-to-date and is up 37% from its inception a 14 months ago.

JXI is actually a recession-resistant ETF that displays slow, steady earnings, dividends and demand regardless of climate. Add global exposure and the prospects look good.

Global utility ETFs offer a combination of safe stocks, with exposure to growing markets and could help boost a lagging portfolio. Other global utility ETFs are:

  • SPDR FTXE/Macquerie Global Infra 100 (GII)
  • WisdomTree International Utilities (DBU)

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