If you're interested in broad exposure to the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market, look no further than the Invesco Russell 1000 Equal Weight ETF (EQAL), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 12/23/2014.
The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $388.05 M, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.
Why Large Cap Blend
Companies that fall in the large cap category tend to have a market capitalization above $10 billion. Considered a more stable option, large cap companies boast more predictable cash flows and are less volatile than their mid and small cap counterparts.
Blend ETFs are aptly named, since they tend to hold a mix of growth and value stocks, as well as show characteristics of both kinds of equities.
Cost is an important factor in selecting the right ETF, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts if all other fundamentals are the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.20%, putting it on par with most peer products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.47%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure which minimizes single stock risk, it is still important to look into a fund's holdings before investing. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation to the Industrials sector--about 13.50% of the portfolio. Information Technology and Healthcare round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Dominion Energy Inc (D) accounts for about 0.43% of total assets, followed by Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc (SPB) and General Mills Inc (GIS).
The top 10 holdings account for about 2.73% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
EQAL seeks to match the performance of the Russell 1000 Equal Weight Index before fees and expenses. The Russell 1000 Equal Weight Index is composed of securities in the Russell 1000 Index and is equally weighted across nine sector groups with each security within the sector receiving equal weight.
The ETF has added about 10.82% so far this year and is down about -2.36% in the last one year (as of 02/01/2019). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $26.31 and $33.62.
The ETF has a beta of 1.07 and standard deviation of 13.18% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 967 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Invesco Russell 1000 Equal Weight ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, EQAL is a reasonable option for those seeking exposure to the Style Box - Large Cap Blend area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.
The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) track a similar index. While iShares Core S&P 500 ETF has $154.17 B in assets, SPDR S&P 500 ETF has $249.33 B. IVV has an expense ratio of 0.04% and SPY charges 0.09%.
Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.
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