Best SPDR ETFs to Buy and Hold

While there are many challenges facing markets right now, these six SPDR ETFs give investors options to build a solid, low-cost portfolio.

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State Street's job as an investment manager is to get you from point A to point B with as little pain as possible and hopefully, plenty of assets in your retirement portfolio. And to its credit, many of its best SPDR ETFs do precisely that.

State Street now boasts 177 ETFs under the SPDR nameplate. The most famous, not to mention the largest SPDR, is the S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), with net assets of $481 billion. SPY launched the ETF era roughly 30 years ago and investors are better for it.  

Are SPDR ETFs a good investment?

For investors wondering where to invest, State Street's SPDR ETFs offer a broad range of options that allow them to build a core portfolio while taking occasional shots to capture some of the economic benefits of innovation.

This is especially important amid the upheaval we've seen in recent years. In 2023 alone, "global markets experienced a variety of surprises and shocks," writes Lori Heinel, global chief investment officer at State Street Global Advisors in the firm's 2024 market outlook. These included "elevated inflation, muted growth, an abrupt banking crisis, and the continuation of the sharpest monetary policy tightening in decades."

Fortunately, most economists now expect the U.S. to avoid a recession and any economic slowdown will be short-lived. Kiplinger economist David Payne doesn't expect any more interest rates from the Federal Reserve. "However, it is also not likely to make its first rate cut until its May policy meeting because it is still determined to combat inflation," Payne writes in his forecast for gross domestic product (GDP).

For investors focused on the long term vs the day-to-day of the market, here are six of the best SPDR ETFs to buy and hold for at least the next few years. Of course, depending on your personal needs, you might load up on certain funds while ignoring others. But this list of the best ETFs offers up options for just about every core portfolio objective.


Data is as of January 5. Dividend yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds.

Will Ashworth
Contributing Writer,

Will has written professionally for investment and finance publications in both the U.S. and Canada since 2004. A native of Toronto, Canada, his sole objective is to help people become better and more informed investors. Fascinated by how companies make money, he's a keen student of business history. Married and now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he's also got an interest in equity and debt crowdfunding.