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Should First Trust Capital Strength ETF (FTCS) Be on Your Investing Radar?

The First Trust Capital Strength ETF (FTCS) was launched on 07/06/2006, and is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.

The fund is sponsored by First Trust Advisors. It has amassed assets over $6.15 billion, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.

Why Large Cap Blend

Large cap companies usually 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.

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 0.58%, putting it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 0.99%.

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 to the Healthcare sector--about 23.60% of the portfolio. Industrials and Consumer Staples round out the top three.

Looking at individual holdings, Pfizer Inc. (PFE) accounts for about 2.02% of total assets, followed by General Dynamics Corporation (GD) and Tractor Supply Company (TSCO).

The top 10 holdings account for about 20.04% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

FTCS seeks to match the performance of the The Capital Strength Index before fees and expenses. The Capital Strength Index is an equal-dollar weighted index which provides exposure to well-capitalized companies with strong market positions based on strong balance sheets, high degree of liquidity, ability to generate earnings growth & record financial strength & profit growth.

The ETF has added roughly 4.99% so far this year and is up about 11.81% in the last one year (as of 10/28/2020). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $43.11 and $66.41.

The ETF has a beta of 0.88 and standard deviation of 21.35% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 51 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.

Alternatives

First Trust Capital Strength 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, FTCS is a sufficient 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 SP 500 ETF (IVV) and the SPDR SP 500 ETF (SPY) track a similar index. While iShares Core SP 500 ETF has $217.46 billion in assets, SPDR SP 500 ETF has $294.63 billion. IVV has an expense ratio of 0.03% and SPY charges 0.09%.

Bottom-Line

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.

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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First Trust Capital Strength ETF (FTCS): ETF Research Reports
 
General Dynamics Corporation (GD): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Pfizer Inc. (PFE): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
Tractor Supply Company (TSCO): Free Stock Analysis Report
 
SPDR SP 500 ETF (SPY): ETF Research Reports
 
iShares Core SP 500 ETF (IVV): ETF Research Reports
 
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