The VictoryShares US 500 Volatility Wtd ETF (CFA) was launched on 07/01/2014, 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 Victory Capital. It has amassed assets over $508.46 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 find themselves in the large cap category typically have a market capitalization above $10 billion. Overall, they are usually a stable option, with less risk and more sure-fire cash flows than mid and small cap companies.
Blend ETFs usually hold a mix of growth and value stocks as well as stocks that exhibit both value and growth characteristics.
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 0.35%, putting it on par with most peer products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.21%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure that minimizes single stock risk, investors should also look at the actual holdings inside the fund. 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 20.40% of the portfolio. Financials and Consumer Discretionary round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Ecolab Inc. (ECL) accounts for about 0.38% of total assets, followed by Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) and Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL).
The top 10 holdings account for about 3.42% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
CFA seeks to match the performance of the CEMP U.S. Large Cap 500 Volatility Weighted Index before fees and expenses. The CEMP U.S. Large Cap 500 Volatility Weighted Index is an unmanaged index that was created by the Fund?s investment advisor and generally consists of the common stock of the 500 largest companies by market capitalization that have their headquarters in the U.S. and the stock of which trades on U.S. exchanges.
The ETF has added about 0.57% so far this year and was up about 14.37% in the last one year (as of 05/09/2018). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $42.48 and $51.96.
The ETF has a beta of 0.91 and standard deviation of 12.74% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 503 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Retail and institutional investors increasingly turn to passively managed ETFs because they offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; these kind of funds are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.
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