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Despite Its Strengths, This Buyback Strategy May Disappoint

Alex Bryan, CFA (alex.bryan@morningstar.com)

Stock buybacks are a sign of strong profitability and shareholder-friendly management teams who understand that their employers may have better investment opportunities than they do.  Invesco BuyBack Achievers ETF PKW has built a solid record by selecting stocks based on short-term repurchasing activity. Firms that repurchase their shares tend to be highly profitable, but there is little to suggest that past repurchasing activity is predictive of future performance after controlling for profitability.