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Should You Invest in the Invesco KBW Bank ETF (KBWB)?

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If you're interested in broad exposure to the Financials - Banking segment of the equity market, look no further than the Invesco KBW Bank ETF (KBWB), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 11/01/2011.

An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.

Sector ETFs also provide investors access to a broad group of companies in particular sectors that offer low risk and diversified exposure. Financials - Banking is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 3, placing it in top 19%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $3.51 billion, making it one of the largest ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Financials - Banking segment of the equity market. KBWB seeks to match the performance of the KBW Nasdaq Bank index before fees and expenses.

The KBW Nasdaq Bank index is a modified-market capitalization-weighted index that seeks to reflect the performance of companies that do business as banks or thrifts that are publicly-traded in the US.

Costs

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 0.35%, making it one of the cheaper products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.81%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

ETFs offer a diversified exposure and thus minimize single stock risk but it is still important to delve into a fund's holdings before investing. Most ETFs are very transparent products and many disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Financials sector--about 100% of the portfolio.

Looking at individual holdings, Bank Of America Corp (BAC) accounts for about 8.24% of total assets, followed by Jpmorgan Chase & Co (JPM) and Wells Fargo & Co (WFC).

The top 10 holdings account for about 61.05% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has added roughly 45.15% so far this year and was up about 83.46% in the last one year (as of 10/20/2021). In that past 52-week period, it has traded between $38.56 and $71.47.

The ETF has a beta of 1.38 and standard deviation of 38.15% for the trailing three-year period, making it a high risk choice in the space. With about 25 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.

Alternatives

Invesco KBW Bank 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, KBWB is a good option for those seeking exposure to the Financials ETFs area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.

First Trust NASDAQ Bank ETF (FTXO) tracks Nasdaq US Smart Banks Index and the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) tracks S&P Banks Select Industry Index. First Trust NASDAQ Bank ETF has $272.39 million in assets, SPDR S&P Bank ETF has $3.48 billion. FTXO has an expense ratio of 0.60% and KBE charges 0.35%.

Bottom Line

To learn more about this product and other ETFs, screen for products that match your investment objectives and read articles on latest developments in the ETF investing universe, please visit Zacks ETF Center.


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