Select Sector SPDRs are unique ETFs that divide the S&P 500 into sector index funds. Select Sector SPDRs have the diversification of a mutual fund, the focus of a sector fund, and the tradability of a stock. You can buy or sell Select Sector SPDR shares on NYSE Arca throughout the trading day.

Together, the nine Select Sector SPDRs represent the S&P 500 as a whole. However, each Select Sector SPDR can also be bought individually, providing you with undiluted exposure to a particular sector or industry group.

If you are looking for the best time to get in or out the market it is a good idea to trade in the direction of the Market and research sector to understand your bias towards all sectors.

S&P Market Sectors

There are aggressive sectors and defensive sectors from a traditional standpoint. When recession or bearish times happen typically money flow out of aggressive sectors and flow into defensive sectors and the bond market.

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