S&P 500 ETFs: 7 Ways to Play the Index

Trillions of dollars are benchmarked to the ubiquitous S&P 500. These S&P 500 ETFs let you play the index ... either directly, or with a twist.

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The universe of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) includes nearly 9,000 products worldwide, ranging from sophisticated and tactical funds to rather vanilla index funds tied to tried-and-true benchmarks. And among the latter, few are more popular than S&P 500 ETFs.

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is one of the stock market's most widely followed benchmarks because it is comprehensive, diversified and fairly easy to understand. The S&P 500 tracks the shares of 500 large, predominantly U.S-domiciled companies that trade on the major American exchanges. That's it.


Data is as of January 3. Dividend yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds.

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Jeff Reeves
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Jeff Reeves writes about equity markets and exchange-traded funds for Kiplinger. A veteran journalist with extensive capital markets experience, Jeff has written about Wall Street and investing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous respected finance outlets, including CNBC, the Fox Business Network, the Wall Street Journal digital network, USA Today and CNN Money.