Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts

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The SPDR S&P 500 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]


The Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts were launched by Boston asset manager SSgA State Street Global Advisors on January 29, 1993 as the first exchange-traded fund in the United States (preceded by the short-lived Index Participation Shares that launched in 1989); and are 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 (NYSE ArcaSPY).

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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.[10]

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


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),[11] which uses an equal-weight version of the S&P 500.

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



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