Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY) is an exchange-traded fund from State Street Global Advisors that tracks the S&P 500.[1][2] For a long time, the fund was the largest ETF in the world.[3] As of August 2012, it is the largest exchange-traded product in the world, and also the most actively traded.[4]


On 29 January 1993 (28 years ago) (1993-01-29), Boston asset manager SSgA (State Street Global Advisors) launched the Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts as the first exchange-traded fund in the United States (preceded by the short-lived Index Participation Shares which had launched in 1989). The fund is part of the SPDRs ETF chain.[5][6][7] Designed and developed by American Stock Exchange executives Nathan Most and Steven Bloom,[8][9] the fund first traded on that market, but has since been listed elsewhere, including the New York Stock Exchange.[10]

According to web glossary

"One SPDR unit is valued at approximately 1/10 of the value of the S&P 500. Dividends are distributed quarterly, and are based on the accumulated stock dividends held in trust, less any expenses of the trust."[11]

The sponsor is PDR Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Stock Exchange LLC.[citation needed]


Since 2011, the fund is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (1557).


SPDR S&P 500's competition is largely other funds that are also based on the S&P 500. Other funds are based on similar indexes such as iShares Russell 1000 (NYSE ArcaIWB).

A somewhat different idea is the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight (NYSE ArcaRSP),[12] which uses an equal-weight version of the S&P 500.

ETFs that are based on the S&P 500 index include:



Leveraged 200%[edit]

Inverse leveraged 200%[edit]

Leveraged 300%[edit]

Inverse leveraged 300%[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ What Is a Spider (SPDR)? - TheStreet Definition TheStreet
  2. ^ What is a spider and why should I buy one? Investopedia
  3. ^ "Largest ETFs: Top 25 ETFs By Market Cap". ETFdb. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  4. ^ ETP Landscape Industry Highlights Black Rock
  5. ^ Bogle, John C. (2007-02-09). 'Value' Strategies. Wall Street Journal, 9 February 2007. Retrieved from
  6. ^ Dellva, Wilfred (2001-04). Exchange-Traded Funds Not for Everyone. Journal of Financial Planning, April 2001. Retrieved from "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2008-04-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
  7. ^ Jennifer Bayot (2004-12-10). "Nathan Most Is Dead at 90; Investment Fund Innovator". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  8. ^ Carrel, Lawrence (2008), ETFs for the Long Run, John Wiley & Sons, 2008, ISBN 978-0-470-13894-6
  9. ^
  10. ^ NYSE ArcaSPY
  11. ^ "SPDR"., WebFinance, Inc. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  12. ^ Rydex page on RSP
  13. ^ iShares page on IVV
  14. ^ Vanguard page on VOO
  15. ^ ProShares page on SH
  16. ^ ProShares page on SSO
  17. ^ Rydex page on RSU
  18. ^ ProShares page on SDS
  19. ^ Rydex page on RSW
  20. ^ ProShares page on UPRO
  21. ^ ProShares page on SPXU

External links[edit]