ETF Trends
ETF Trends
  • Largest healthcare exchange traded fund XLV is up 2.3% over the past month 
  • Looking ahead, in the years through 2024, spending growth is projected to average 5.8% and peak at 6.3% in 2020
  • Actuaries calculated that around 8.4 million Americans became insured in 2014 and noted their increased use of medical services

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV) is up 2.3% over the past month and the largest healthcare exchange traded fund has shown some signs of awakening out of a long slumber, but some traders are not convinced.

For XLV and rival healthcare ETFs, the good news is that the U.S. economy moving into the late-cycle phase, overall growth may slow and signs of an economic slowdown could pop up. Consequently, investors may also turn to defensive sectors that are less economically sensitive, such as health care. [Sector ETFs for the Late Business Cycle]

Looking ahead, in the years through 2024, spending growth is projected to average 5.8% and peak at 6.3% in 2020.

Additionally, the actuaries calculated that around 8.4 million Americans became insured in 2014 and noted their increased use of medical services. The number of people on Medicaid is projected to increase to 78.1 million by 2024, outstripping Medicare, which is expected to have 70.3 million enrolled. [Healthcare ETFs: Specialized Drugs in Greater Demand]

Those anecdotes and data points apply to the long-term. In the near-term, some options traders are expressing doubt regarding XLV’s upside.

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