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Communications: Broad-Based

Communications is a sector of the broader stock market. It contains companies that provide communications services primarily through a fixed-line, cellular, wireless, high bandwidth and/or fiber optic cable network. It is often mentioned hand-in-hand with technology.

Communications makes up about 10% of the US market. Like technology, it continues to evolve and embed itself deeper into our daily lives.

The following are broad-based communications funds. They can be used to increase your portfolio’s exposure to communications in general, or paired with thematic funds for more of a “Core-and-Explore” approach (Core being the general communications fund and Explore being a more concentrated thematic fund like 5G or social media).

Note: These are not recommendations, just investment ideas for further research.

Fund Ticker Expense Holdings Inception
Communication Services Select Sector SPDR XLC 0.13% 27 6/18/18
  Tracks a market-cap-weighted index of US telecommunication and media & entertainment components of the S&P 500 index.
Fidelity MSCI Communications Services FCOM 0.08% 104 10/21/13
  Tracks a market-cap-weighted index of stocks in the US telecommunication services sector.
Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Communication Services EWCO 0.42% 29 11/7/18
  Tracks an equal-weighted index of US telecommunication and media & entertainment components of the S&P 500.
iShares Global Communication Services IXP 0.46% 92 11/12/01
  Seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of global equities in the communication services sector.
iShares US Telecommunications IYZ 0.42% 47 5/22/00
  Seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the telecommunications sector.
SPDR S&P Telecom XTL 0.35% 44 1/26/11
  Tracks an equal-weighted index of US telecom companies selected by the S&P Committee.
Vanguard Communication Services VOX 0.10% 115 9/23/04
  Tracks a market-cap-weighted index of US communication services companies.