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Should You Invest in the Invesco KBW High Dividend Yield Financial ETF (KBWD)?

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Designed to provide broad exposure to the Financials - Broad segment of the equity market, the Invesco KBW High Dividend Yield Financial ETF (KBWD) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 12/02/2010.

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.

Investor-friendly, sector ETFs provide many options to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Financials - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 7, placing it in top 44%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $291.54 M, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Financials - Broad segment of the equity market. KBWD seeks to match the performance of the KBW Nasdaq Financial Sector Dividend Yield Index before fees and expenses.

The KBW Nasdaq Financial Sector Dividend Yield Index is a dividend yield weighted index seeking to reflect the performance of approximately 24 to 40 publicly listed financial companies engaged in the business of providing financial services and products, including banking, insurance and diversified financial services, in the US.


When considering an ETF's total return, expense ratios are an important factor, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts in the long term if all other factors remain equal.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 2.40%, making it one of the most expensive products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 8.92%.

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 97.90% of the portfolio.

Looking at individual holdings, Chimera Investment Corp (CIM) accounts for about 4.72% of total assets, followed by Agnc Investment Corp (AGNC) and Dynex Capital Inc (DX).

The top 10 holdings account for about 43.44% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has lost about -2.49% and is down about -2.74% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 12/11/2018), respectively. KBWD has traded between $21.12 and $23.94 during this last 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 0.73 and standard deviation of 13.29% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 38 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.


Invesco KBW High Dividend Yield Financial 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, KBWD 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.

Vanguard Financials ETF (VFH) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Financials 25/50 Index and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) tracks Financial Select Sector Index. Vanguard Financials ETF has $6.84 B in assets, Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund has $26.46 B. VFH has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLF charges 0.13%.

Bottom Line

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