Despite recent bumps, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 indexes rose roughly 12%, excluding reinvested dividends, in the first half of 2013. The performance of many broker-dealers, though, sharply outpaced the major indexes.
The iShares Dow Jones U.S. broker-dealer ETF (IAI) moved up an impressive 28% in the same period, with some firms topping returns of 40%.
The SPDR S&P Capital Markets ETF (KCE) also outpaced the major indexes moving up roughly 18%.
Wirehouse broker-dealers had mixed results. Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS), which recently said it would soon purchase its final stake in the Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney joint venture, has risen 25.5% this year.
Wells Fargo (WFC) has improved about 18%.
Raymond James Financial (RJF) improved roughly 9% during the period.
The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Broker-Dealer ETF includes shares of 6% or more in Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab and Amerprise.
In contrast, the SPDR S&P Capital Markets ETF is more focused on investment firms, such as Legg Mason (LM), Invesco (IVZ) and Eaton Vance (EV); these companies each represent about 2.5% of the ETF’s portfolio.
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