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The Periodic Table of Investment Returns for the nine S&P sectors is shown in the chart below:

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Source: SPDR

Here are a few observations:

  • At the height of the global financial crisis in 2008, financials fell over 55% while consumer staples fell only about 15%. Utilities fell by 23% and healthcare also fell lower than financials.
  • No one sector ranked as the best performing sector any consecutive year except energy in 2004. This shows the need for diversification.
  • Except in 2001, 2002 and in 2008, the energy sector yielded strong returns underscoring the importance of oil and other related sectors in the U.S.

Related ETFs:

SPDR Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLY)
SPDR Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLP)
SPDR Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLE)
SPDR Financials Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLF)
SPDR Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLV)
SPDR Industrials Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLI)
SPDR Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLK)
SPDR Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLB)
SPDR Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLU)

Disclosure: No Positions

Source: U.S. Sector Periodic Table Of Returns 2001 To 2011