ETF Trends
ETF Trends

During market downturns, there are certain sectors that do well despite the carnage in the broader market, and some exchange traded funds (ETFs) represent these sectors with standout performance numbers.

Gary Gordon for ETF Expert selects the iShares Networking Fund (IGN) for his “sleeper hit” pick. The fund has shot up 42.5% over five weeks, a nice move higher in these turbulent times. The S&P 500, in contrast, is down 4.9%. Gordon makes the following arguments in favor of the sector:

  • Hundreds of billions will be spent to increase broadband access for schools, health care professionals, libraries and hospitals
  • President Barack Obama believes that America’s success is tied to our country’s leading internet players

The tech sector overall has been a standout, with most ETFs focused on that area in positive territory. The tech sector is seen to be playing a defensive game nowadays. Companies are seen holding large wads of cash. It has been shown that in deflationary times, value of debt remains constant, but value of assets declines. So the tech companies with good balance sheets and heaps of cash will endure.

  • iShares Networking Fund (IGN): up 16.2% year-to-date

The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation for any product.