If you’re interested in broad exposure to the Healthcare – Broad segment of the equity market, look no further than the Fidelity MSCI Health Care Index ETF (FHLC), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 10/21/2013.
An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.
Investor-friendly, sector ETFs provide many options to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Healthcare – Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 3, placing it in top 19%.
The fund is sponsored by Fidelity. It has amassed assets over $2.95 billion, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Healthcare – Broad segment of the equity market. FHLC seeks to match the performance of the MSCI USA IMI Health Care Index before fees and expenses.
The MSCI USA IMI Health Care Index represents the performance of the health care sector in the U.S. equity market.
When considering an ETF’s total return, expense ratios are an important factor, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts in the long term if all other factors remain equal.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.08%, making it the least expensive product in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.43%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure which minimizes single stock risk, it is still important to look into a fund’s holdings before investing. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Healthcare sector–about 100% of the portfolio.
Looking at individual holdings, Unitedhealth Group Inc Common Stock Usd.01 (UNH) accounts for about 8.04% of total assets, followed by Johnson + Johnson Common Stock Usd1.0 (JNJ) and Eli Lilly + Co Common Stock (LLY).
The top 10 holdings account for about 41.30% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
Year-to-date, the Fidelity MSCI Health Care Index ETF has lost about -3.28% so far, and was up about 6.46% over the last 12 months (as of 10/10/2023). FHLC has traded between $57.86 and $66.02 in this past 52-week period.
The ETF has a beta of 0.72 and standard deviation of 15.41% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 416 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Fidelity MSCI Health Care Index ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 2 (Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, FHLC is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Health Care ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.
Vanguard Health Care ETF (VHT) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Health Care 25/50 Index and the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV) tracks Health Care Select Sector Index. Vanguard Health Care ETF has $16.48 billion in assets, Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF has $38.20 billion. VHT has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLV charges 0.10%.
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