Designed to provide broad exposure to the Style Box - All Cap Value category of the market, the Schwab Fundamental U.S. Broad Market Index ETF (
FNDB Quick Quote FNDB - Free Report) is a smart beta exchange traded fund launched on 08/13/2013. What Are Smart Beta ETFs?
The ETF industry has long been dominated by products based on market cap weighted indexes, a strategy created to reflect the market or a particular market segment.
Investors who believe in market efficiency should consider market cap indexes, as they replicate market returns in a low-cost, convenient, and transparent way.
There are some investors, though, who think it's possible to beat the market with great stock selection; this group likely invests in another class of funds known as smart beta, which track non-cap weighted strategies.
These indexes attempt to select stocks that have better chances of risk-return performance, based on certain fundamental characteristics or a combination of such characteristics.
The smart beta space gives investors many different choices, from equal-weighting, one of the simplest strategies, to more complicated ones like fundamental and volatility/momentum based weighting. However, not all of these methodologies have been able to deliver remarkable returns.
Fund Sponsor & Index
The fund is managed by Charles Schwab. FNDB has been able to amass assets over $228.50 million, making it one of the larger ETFs in the Style Box - All Cap Value. FNDB, before fees and expenses, seeks to match the performance of the Russell RAFI US Index.
The Russell RAFI US Index measures the performance of the constituent companies by fundamental overall company scores.
Cost & Other Expenses
Cost is an important factor in selecting the right ETF, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive cousins if all other fundamentals are the same.
Annual operating expenses for FNDB are 0.25%, which makes it one of the cheaper products in the space.
It's 12-month trailing dividend yield comes in at 2.66%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Most ETFs are very transparent products, and disclose their holdings on a daily basis. ETFs also offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, though it's still important for investors to research a fund's holdings.
Representing 19.30% of the portfolio, the fund has heaviest allocation to the Information Technology sector; Financials and Industrials round out the top three.
Taking into account individual holdings, Apple Inc Common Stock Usd.00001 (
AAPL Quick Quote AAPL - Free Report) accounts for about 6.56% of the fund's total assets, followed by Microsoft Corp Common Stock Usd.00000625 ( MSFT Quick Quote MSFT - Free Report) and Exxon Mobil Corp Common Stock ( XOM Quick Quote XOM - Free Report) .
Its top 10 holdings account for approximately 19.22% of FNDB's total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
The ETF has lost about -5.57% and is down about -0.68% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 11/04/2020), respectively. FNDB has traded between $26.60 and $43.02 during this last 52-week period.
The fund has a beta of 1.07 and standard deviation of 23.10% for the trailing three-year period, which makes FNDB a medium risk choice in this particular space. With about 1651 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Schwab Fundamental U.S. Broad Market Index ETF is a reasonable option for investors seeking to outperform the Style Box - All Cap Value segment of the market. However, there are other ETFs in the space which investors could consider.
Invesco High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers ETF (
PEY Quick Quote PEY - Free Report) tracks NASDAQ US Dividend Achievers 50 Index and the iShares Core SP U.S. Value ETF ( IUSV Quick Quote IUSV - Free Report) tracks S&P 900 Value Index. Invesco High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers ETF has $649.74 million in assets, iShares Core SP U.S. Value ETF has $6.79 billion. PEY has an expense ratio of 0.53% and IUSV charges 0.04%.
Investors looking for cheaper and lower-risk options should consider traditional market cap weighted ETFs that aim to match the returns of the Style Box - All Cap Value.
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