Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the iShares S&P Global Telecommunications Sector Index Fund (NYSE: IXP ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at iShares S&P Global Telecom and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.
iShares S&P Global Telecom facts
|Total Assets||$439.4 million|
|Investment Approach||Seeks investment results that correspond to the S&P Global 1200 Telecommunications Sector Index, which includes diversified communication carriers and wireless communications companies.|
|1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Annual Returns||1.9% / 9.7% / 2.1%|
|Top Holdings with High CAPS Interest (at least 1,000 Active Picks) and Portfolio Weight||AT&T (NYSE: T ) (15.4%)
Vodafone Group (Nasdaq: VOD ) (12.2%)
Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ ) (9.6%)
|Alternatives||iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecom (NYSE: IYZ )
Vanguard Telecom Services (NYSE: VOX )
Sources: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.
Having gotten on board a few years ago, Calegro touched on the ever-increasing importance of the telecom sector:
It has all my favorite stocks all in one basket ... OK I'm biased toward Telecommunication stocks. Try NOT taking your mobile with you for the next 2 days; or remember the time when you can't get a signal and you vaguely feel like you'd just lost your two front teeth. Get it?!
iShares S&P Global Telecom, in particular, sports an annual turnover ratio of just 6%. That's lower than that of other telecom ETFs like iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecom (29%) and Vanguard Telecom Services (21%).
CAPS member Geofiz expands on the outperform argument:
[iShares S&P Global Telecom] is a great way to play telecom growth in emerging markets, while tempering the inevitable dips and peaks in such investments with established stabilizing influences (AT&T and Vodaphone). ... [E]xpense ratio is low at 0.48%. I own the stock in my IRA, reinvesting dividends while sheltering same from taxes.
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