On Standard & Poor’s Depository Receipts

Don’t be Afraid of ‘SPIDERS’

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP™

http://www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org

[Publisher-in-Chief]

What they are – How they work?

No, I’m not talking about creepy, crawly insects. I’m referring to Standard & Poor’s Depository Receipts (SPDRs, or spiders), a derivative product, which combines many of the advantages of index funds with the superior trading flexibility of common stocks.

Creation

SPDRs were created in January 1993 by the American Stock Exchange. SPDRs are units in a trust holding the S&P 500 securities in proportion to their index weighting and which are adjusted as necessary to track changes made to the index by S&P. They pay quarterly cash dividend distributions based on the accumulated dividends paid by the stocks held in the SPDR trust minus an annual fee of about .19% of principal to cover trust expenses. They trade at approximately one-tenth the value of the index.

Conclusion

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