Your S&P 500 ETFs Are Exposed To Currency Fluctuations | ETF Trends

As the U.S. dollar strengthens against a basket of foreign currencies, large-cap companies and asset category-related exchange traded funds could be exposed to currency risks.

According to S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P 500 companies generated 52.2% of their revenue in the U.S. last year, down from 53.7% in 2013 and 53.4% in 2012, reports Steve Goldstein for MarketWatch.

Consequently, almost half of S&P 500 companies’ revenue stream comes from overseas markets. Using S&P and FactSet data, MarketWatch estimated that about 0.4% is generated from Mexico, 0.2% from Australia, 4.1% from South America, 6.9% from Canada, 7.7% from Africa, 13.9% from Europe and 14.3% from Asia.

Consequently, the breakdown should give investors a general sense of how their S&P 500 ETF investments are exposed to currency risks.

Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard 500 Index (NYSEArca: VOO) have gained about 2.3%.

However, if the U.S. dollar continues to appreciate, which many believe will happen as the Federal Reserve sets to hike rates while other foreign central banks implement loose monetary policies, S&P 500 companies may see overseas revenues shrink. A weaker foreign currency means that profits are lower when converted back into U.S. dollar terms.

Alternatively, investors can take a look at smaller U.S. companies that focus on the domestic market, so currency risks may be limited.