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3 Lesser-Known ETFs For An Escalating Ukraine Conflict

A foreign conflict provides "miltary might" ETF plays for investors

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SPDR Aerospace and Defense (XAR).

General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMC), Raytheon (RTN): It should not come as a big surprise that defense contractors tend to thrive when geopolitical tensions rise around the world. What might come as a surprise is just how strong the sector has been throughout the 5-year bull market. The better-known iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense (ITA) has managed to make the S&P 500 ’s performance look pedestrian.

ITA Versus S&P 500

Granted, a money manager like myself cannot necessarily use a fund with limited liquidity such as the lesser-known XAR. Yet retail investors might be intrigued to learn that XAR has outperformed ITA over 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. Moreover, XAR’s expense ratio is reasoanbly attractive at just 0.35%.

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