Written by David Fabian, May 30th, 2017
Small cap stocks are often thought of as the growth engines of strong market cycles. Investment in these companies engenders the notion of higher risk and magnified price fluctuations compared to their larger peers. As a result, these stocks tend to have streaky performance that can experience periods of strong relative gains or lagging returns.
The latter characteristic is what many would use to describe the current price action of exchange-traded funds that track small cap stocks. These passive index funds have meaningfully underperformed traditional large-cap benchmarks as price patterns meander in a sideways trend.
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Written by David Fabian, May 16th, 2017
It’s become difficult to distinguish the efficacy of various index weighting strategies that pervade the ETF universe. Some work best during specific market cycles or are designed to take advantage of distinguishable trends. Others are tailor-made for the long-term with the broad diversification, reasonable costs, and sensible philosophy that investors can identify with.
It’s these latter characteristics that best describe the revenue-weighted index methodology that is delivered by a select group of Oppenheimer funds. The Oppenheimer Large Cap Revenue ETF (RWL) is a fund that was born during the nascent months of the great financial crisis and has risen from those dark times with an impressive track record.
Written by David Fabian, February 05th, 2016
State Street has had a tremendous advantage in the exchange-traded fund world by being the first issuer of dedicated sector funds. Their highly successful SPDR sector series debuted in 1998 and has spent nearly two decades building a world-class reputation. Everyone from professional to novice investors respect SPDR ETFs for their liquidity, transparency, low-costs, and tax efficiency. Read more
Written by David Fabian, October 17th, 2015
The PowerShares QQQ (QQQ) is based on the NASDAQ-100 Index, which measures the 100 largest non-financial stocks currently trading on the NASDAQ exchange. Whether by design or practical experience, this index and its affiliated ETF have always been associated with the technology sector. Read more
Written by David Fabian, September 22nd, 2015
Typical benchmarks such as the iShares S&P 500 ETF (IVV) contain a blend of both growth and value companies that are based on characteristics of the companies that comprise the index. A blended mix can create better overall diversification for most ETF investors, yet may not serve the needs of those that are looking to incorporate a specific style or avoid certain sectors.
To address this need, the iShares S&P 500 Growth ETF (IVE) and iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (IVW) contain large-cap companies within the bellwether index that have been designated with a growth or value style. Not surprisingly, the growth index is chocked full of technology, health care and consumer discretionary names. Conversely, the value ETF is loaded with financial, industrial, and energy companies.
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