Time for a dose of health care investments?


Health care investments, such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, traditionally outperform in down markets. Explore this investment opportunity.

In good times and bad, people are always going to need medical care. That's why the health care sector—including hospitals, HMOs, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology firms—has generally been less sensitive to swings in the economy. Other factors driving this sector include aging populations, scientific innovation, and development in emerging global markets. Because health care is such a necessity, it can be just what the doctor ordered to strengthen a portfolio.
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Health funds

Health funds focus on the medical and health care industries. Most invest in a range of companies, buying everything from pharmaceutical and medical device makers to HMOs, hospitals, and nursing homes. A few portfolios concentrate on just one industry segment, such as service providers or biotechnology firms.

Mutual Funds

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Fund selection criteria: The funds displayed are not a recommendation by E*TRADE Securities or its affiliates to buy, sell or hold any security, financial product or instrument nor is it an endorsement of any specific security, company, fund family, product or service. All screens display funds within the respective category and group. All mutual fund screens exclude funds not open to new investors, exclude funds that have expense ratios greater than 2% and only include NLNTF mutual funds with initial investment minimums of $5,000 or less. All ETF screens exclude exchange traded notes and leveraged ETFs. The top performing funds, based on 3 Year total return, within the various category screens are shown in the initial display along with the all the NLNTF All-Star funds of the corresponding category. All funds in the initial display are ranked by 3 Year total return.

All mutual fund screens exclude funds not open to new investors and only include mutual funds with initial investment minimum less than $5,000. All ETF screens exclude exchange traded notes and leveraged ETFs.

All funds within the respective group can be seen by clicking on the hyperlinked / button section in the phrase "X of X results," "See more Mutual Funds," or "See more ETFs."

Developments that could adversely affect an investment in a health care security include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • increased competition within the health care industry;
  • changes in legislation or government regulations, including uncertainty regarding health care reform and how it will be implemented;
  • reductions in government funding or price controls imposed by a government;
  • government approval of products and services;
  • product liability or other litigation; and
  • the obsolescence of popular products.

You can invest in the mutual funds available through E*TRADE Securities' no-load, no-transaction-fee program without paying loads, transaction fees, or commissions. To discourage short-term trading, E*TRADE Securities will charge an Early Redemption Fee of $49.99 on redemptions or exchanges of no-load, no-transaction-fee funds that are held for less than 90 days. Direxion funds (other than the Indexed Commodity Strategy Fund DXCTX), ProFunds, Rydex mutual funds, and all money market funds are not subject to the Early Redemption Fee. All fees and expenses as described in the fund's prospectus still apply. Please read the fund's prospectus carefully before investing.

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The overall Morningstar Rating™ for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Morningstar risk-adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive five stars, the next 22.5% receive four stars, the next 35% receive three stars, the next 22.5% receive two stars, and the bottom 10% receive one star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and is rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) 

The All-Star List is a quarterly list of leading funds and ETFs selected by E*TRADE Capital Management, LLC. Funds selected for the All-Star List are selected from the no-load mutual funds offered through E*TRADE Securities.

All-Star Funds typically have at least a three year track record and compare favorably against their peers based on historical return, risk, expenses, manager tenure, performance and style consistency, asset size and growth and must be 1) structured through sound investment philosophy and process, 2) implemented with acceptable level of investment risk management strategy and 3) supported by a reputable investment firm. To view the fund's Report Card with additional performance metrics, including standardized quarterly results, please click on the fund name.

Expense ratios are provided by Morningstar and are based on information obtained from the ETFs last audited financial statement. Current expense ratios for the ETFs may be different.

Yield is a measure of the fund's income distributions, as a percentage of the fund price. Morningstar calculates this figure by summing the income distributions over the trailing 12 months and dividing that by the sum of the last month's ending NAV plus any capital gains distributed over the 12-month period.

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