The Goldman Sachs Equal Weight U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF (
GSEW Quick Quote GSEW - Free Report) was launched on 09/12/2017, 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 Goldman Sachs Funds. It has amassed assets over $427.69 million, 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 fall in the large cap category tend to 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.
Investors should also pay attention to an ETF's expense ratio. Lower cost products will produce better results than those with a higher cost, assuming all other metrics remain the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.09%, making it one of the least expensive products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.65%.
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 Information Technology sector--about 18.30% of the portfolio. Healthcare and Financials round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Udr Inc (
UDR Quick Quote UDR - Free Report) accounts for about 0.21% of total assets, followed by Vf Corp ( VFC Quick Quote VFC - Free Report) and Ulta Beauty Inc ( ULTA Quick Quote ULTA - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 2.1% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
GSEW seeks to match the performance of the Solactive US Large Cap Equal Weight Index before fees and expenses. The Solactive US Large Cap Equal Weight Index is an equal-weight version of the Solactive US Large Cap Index including equity securities of approximately 500 of the largest U.S. companies.
The ETF has added about 9.43% so far this year and was up about 12.78% in the last one year (as of 11/20/2020). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $32.44 and $55.17.
The ETF has a beta of 1.06 and standard deviation of 23.68% for the trailing three-year period. With about 497 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Goldman Sachs Equal Weight U.S. Large Cap Equity 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, GSEW 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 S&P 500 ETF (
IVV Quick Quote IVV - Free Report) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF ( SPY Quick Quote SPY - Free Report) track a similar index. While iShares Core S&P 500 ETF has $231.40 billion in assets, SPDR S&P 500 ETF has $321.44 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.
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