By: Bill and Cindi Porter, AILERON INVESTMENT ADVISORS
Q: Is it wise to invest in the S&P 500 index?
A:Maybe. The S&P 500 is comprised of 500 large U.S. stocks which cover 11 major sectors of the economy. Although it is not possible to invest directly into the S&P 500® Index; some feel it is a representative of how the American economy is doing as a whole. But is it? Consider this: The S&P 500 was up 18% for 2020, BUT if you eliminate the top 24 companies, the remaining 476 companies as a group were negative for 2020. Tech firms carried most of the 18% average return.1
Investors can invest in all the same stock as the entire S&P 500, or instead, just one or more of the 11 individual sectors. Opting to limit an investment to only part of the S&P 500 offers more upside and downside potential. For example, in 2020 the S&P 500 Information Tech sector was up 42%, but the S&P 500 Energy sector was down 37%.2 If you limit your investment to only specific sectors, be sure you know why you are making that decision. However, if you are correct in your assumptions and pick a top performing sector, your returns will exceed the overall S&P 500 index. Of course, the reverse is also true.
Sometimes stocks are added to the S&P 500 index, which means others are removed because the index is always limited to 500 companies. In 2020, Tesla (TSLA) was added to the S&P Consumer Discretionary sector, and Apartment Investment and Management (AIV) was removed from the S&P Real Estate sector. Not only did two stocks change the S&P 500 lineup, but they also significantly altered the size of their respective sectors.3 That matters for investors who may be thinking of opting for individual sectors rather than the S&P 500 index as a whole.
Your trusted advisor can help you decide if, how, and how much you may want to invest in the S&P 500 or any of its 11 sectors.
1 – Madison Market Monitor – January 4, 2021 Madison Market Monitor 4Q 2020 (constantcontact.com)
2 – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-energy/battered-energy-sector-could-get-reprieve-from- golden-cross-chart-signal-idUSKBN29421R
3 – Barron’s “S&P’s Addition of Tesla Revives Indexer Debate” December 21, 2020
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