The Global X SuperDividend U.S. ETF (
DIV Quick Quote DIV - Free Report) was launched on 03/11/2013, and is a smart beta exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Style Box - All Cap Value category of the market. What Are Smart Beta ETFs?
For a long time now, the ETF industry has been flooded with products based on market capitalization weighted indexes, which are designed to represent the broader 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.
But, there are some investors who would rather invest in smart beta funds; these funds track non-cap weighted strategies, and are a strong option for those who prefer choosing great stocks in order to beat the market.
Non-cap weighted indexes try to choose stocks that have a better chance of risk-return performance, which is based on specific fundamental characteristics, or a mix of other 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 Global X Management, and has been able to amass over $625.21 million, which makes it one of the larger ETFs in the Style Box - All Cap Value. Before fees and expenses, DIV seeks to match the performance of the INDXX SuperDividend U.S. Low Volatility Index.
The INDXX SuperDividend US Low Volatility Index tracks the performance of 50 equally weighted common stocks, MLPs & REITs that rank among the highest dividend yielding equity securities in the US.
Cost & Other Expenses
When considering an ETF's total return, expense ratios are an important factor. And, cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive cousins in the long term if all other factors remain equal.
With on par with most peer products in the space, this ETF has annual operating expenses of 0.46%.
The fund has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 6.51%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
ETFs offer 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.
Representing 24% of the portfolio, the fund has heaviest allocation to the Consumer Staples sector; Energy and Financials round out the top three.
Taking into account individual holdings, B&g Foods Inc (
BGS Quick Quote BGS - Free Report) accounts for about 7.02% of the fund's total assets, followed by Kraft Heinz Co/the ( KHC Quick Quote KHC - Free Report) and General Mills Inc ( GIS Quick Quote GIS - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 34.48% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
The ETF return is roughly 13.07% and it's up approximately 71.55% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 03/25/2021), respectively. DIV has traded between $11.74 and $19.33 during this last 52-week period.
The fund has a beta of 1.16 and standard deviation of 26.73% for the trailing three-year period, which makes DIV a medium risk choice in this particular space. With about 48 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.
Global X SuperDividend U.S. 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.
WBI Power Factor High Dividend ETF (
WBIY Quick Quote WBIY - Free Report) tracks Solactive Power Factor High Dividend Index and the Global X SuperDividend ETF ( SDIV Quick Quote SDIV - Free Report) tracks Solactive Global SuperDividend Index. WBI Power Factor High Dividend ETF has $65.10 million in assets, Global X SuperDividend ETF has $862.42 million. WBIY has an expense ratio of 0.70% and SDIV charges 0.59%.
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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