Investing in sectors with passive ETFs

Fidelity helped to pioneer sector investing in 1981 when it launched its first actively managed sector fund. Today, Fidelity's lineup of sector products includes a suite of exchange traded funds (ETFs) that covers all 11 sectors of the U.S. equity market.

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Featured Fund

Fidelity MSCI Communication Services Index ETF

Now includes companies from the information technology and consumer discretionary sectors.

Fidelity sector ETFs are indexed to the MSCI® USA Investable Market Index (IMI) Sector Indices. These indices include large-, mid-, and small-cap U.S. stocks covering up to 99% of the free-float-adjusted market capitalization of the U.S. equity market. All securities in the indices are classified in the corresponding sector according to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) framework.

Key features of passive ETFs


ETFs trade like stocks on an exchange. You can:

  • Buy and sell shares throughout the day1
  • See current market prices anytime during the day
  • Set stop, limit, and other order types


Expense ratios for many passive ETFs are low compared to actively managed investment options.2 ETFs that track indices have:

  • Low fund turnover that generally results in minimal transaction costs
  • Fewer capital gains, and capital gains that are realized only upon sale of shares
  • Fidelity has among the lowest-priced sector ETFs available, with an expense ratio of just 0.084%.2


Passive ETFs typically publish holdings and their weights daily. This information may help you:

  • Know the positions and their weights in the ETF and the index
  • Identify overlap across your portfolio
  • Limit strategy drift

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