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A Healthcare ETF Full of Companies That Help Humans Live Long & Prosper


Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, UnitedHealth Group, and more

Managed by

State Street Global Advisors
Ticker: XLV

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The life of someone you know probably depends upon a medication, technology, or device made by one of the companies that is a top holding in this investment. 

The companies represented in Live Long & Prosper have their fingers on the pulse of our health-seeking population.

The A-Z of Live Long & Prosper: It’s more than just a Big Pharma ETF

One third of the holdings in this investment are pharmaceuticals. Biotech, healthcare equipment/supplies, and healthcare providers are well represented here as well.

The top holding in Live Long & Prosper is Johnson & Johnson. Think Acuvue contacts, Zyrtec, Visine, Nicoderm, Monistat and Aveeno. They’ve got most of our ailments, and most of the alphabet, covered.

Other top holdings in this invest include Pfizer, Medtronic, Allergan, and Merck & Co. Inc., all mentioned in our ‘people you may know with medical devices’ section above.

All of the companies represented in Live Long & Prosper are based in the US. However, just because these companies are born and bred in the United States, doesn’t mean they don’t reach beyond our borders.

There are around 60 companies in this ETF, and many are helping keep people happy and healthy all over the world.

Take a deeper look

Check out State Street Global Advisors’ Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund to learn more about fund top holdings, to the industry allocations, as well as the historical performance, expense ratio, and so much more.

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All ETFs are subject to risk, including possible loss of principal. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR® Fund (symbol: XLVIV) seeks to provide investment results that, before expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Health Care Select Sector Index. The companies included in each Select Sector Index are selected on the basis of general industry classification from a universe of companies defined by the Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Stock® Index (“S&P 500®”). The ten Select Sector Indexes (each a “Select Sector Index”) upon which the Select Sector SPDR Funds are based together comprise all of the companies in the S&P 500. Sector ETF products are subject to sector risk and non-diversification risk, which generally result in greater price fluctuations than the overall market. XLVIV bears a higher level of risk than more broadly diversified funds. Non-diversified funds that focus on a relatively small number of securities tend to be more volatile than diversified funds and the market as a whole. Fund information reported as of February 21, 2017.