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Should You Invest in the VanEck Vectors BDC Income ETF (BIZD)?

Sweta Killa
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The VanEck Vectors BDC Income ETF (BIZD) was launched on 02/11/2013, and is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Financials - BDCs/PE segment of the equity market.

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 are also funds of convenience, offering many ways to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Financials - BDCs/PE is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 11, placing it in bottom 31%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Van Eck. It has amassed assets over $202.61 M, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Financials - BDCs/PE segment of the equity market. BIZD seeks to match the performance of the MVIS US Business Development Companies Index before fees and expenses.

The MVIS US Business Development Companies Index tracks the overall performance of publicly traded business development companies.


Since cheaper funds tend to produce better results than more expensive funds, assuming all other factors remain equal, it is important for investors to pay attention to an ETF's expense ratio.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.40%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

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

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

While ETFs offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, a deep look into a fund's holdings is a valuable exercise. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that 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, Ares Capital Corp (ARCC) accounts for about 19.96% of total assets, followed by Main Street Capital Corp (MAIN) and Corporate Capital Trust Inc (CCT).

The top 10 holdings account for about 70.57% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has gained about 7.85% so far this year and is up roughly 7.73% in the last one year (as of 08/21/2018). In that past 52-week period, it has traded between $15.74 and $17.86.

The ETF has a beta of 0.71 and standard deviation of 12.66% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 26 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.


VanEck Vectors BDC Income 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, BIZD is a sufficient 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.

Invesco Raymond James SB-1 Equity ETF (RYJ) tracks Raymond James SB-1 Equity Index and the Invesco Global Listed Private Equity ETF (PSP) tracks Red Rocks Global Listed Private Equity Index. Invesco Raymond James SB-1 Equity ETF has $196.81 M in assets, Invesco Global Listed Private Equity ETF has $265.77 M. RYJ has an expense ratio of 0.75% and PSP charges 0.50%.

Bottom Line

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