ETF Investors Tilt Preferences to Defense, Low Volatility | ETF Trends

Being the biggest also allows it to be the most liquid so investors are never hard pressed for volume when looking to buy or sell SPY. For traders, it means they can get in and out with ease.

“When you see that happening, SPY is going to trade at very high volumes,” said Jim Ross, executive vice president of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) and Chairman of the global SPDR business. “Investors use SPY to get in and out of the markets all day long during volatile markets, and it’s the most heavily-traded equities security in the world–it trades three times more than Apple.”

With trade wars roiling the markets the way they have been, getting in and out of securities is a plus, which is where SPY provides value for traders.

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