Making its debut on 02/23/2011, smart beta exchange traded fund SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Dividend ETF (
EDIV Quick Quote EDIV - Free Report) provides investors broad exposure to the Broad Emerging Market ETFs category of the market. What Are Smart Beta ETFs?
Products that are based on market cap weighted indexes, which are strategies designed to reflect a specific market segment or the market as a whole, have traditionally dominated the ETF industry.
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.
This kind of index follows this same mindset, as it attempts to pick stocks that have better chances of risk-return performance; non-cap weighted strategies base selection on certain fundamental characteristics, or a mix of such characteristics.
Even though this space provides many choices to investors--think one of the simplest methodologies like equal-weighting and more complicated ones like fundamental and volatility/momentum based weighting--not all have been able to deliver first-rate results.
Fund Sponsor & Index
EDIV is managed by State Street Global Advisors, and this fund has amassed over $315.12 million, which makes it one of the average sized ETFs in the Broad Emerging Market ETFs. Before fees and expenses, EDIV seeks to match the performance of the S&P Emerging Markets Dividend Opportunities Index.
This Index generally includes 100 tradable, exchange-listed common stocks from emerging market countries that offer high dividend yields. Additionally, stocks must have positive 3-year earnings growth and profitability. Stocks are weighted by annual dividend yield. To ensure diverse exposure, no single country or sector has more than a 25% weight and no single stock has more than a 3% weight.
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.
Operating expenses on an annual basis are 0.49% for this ETF, which makes it on par with most peer products in the space.
EDIV's 12-month trailing dividend yield is 2.93%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
It is important to delve into an ETF's holdings before investing despite the many upsides to these kinds of funds like diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
When you look at individual holdings, Chung-Hsin Electric & Machinery Manufacturing Corp. (1513-TW) accounts for about 3.43% of the fund's total assets, followed by Power Grid Corporation Of India Limited (532898-IN) and China Vanke Co. Ltd Class H (2202-HK).
Its top 10 holdings account for approximately 27.06% of EDIV's total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
The ETF has added about 9.61% so far this year and is up roughly 32.29% in the last one year (as of 04/20/2021). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $22.78 and $30.38.
EDIV has a beta of 0.78 and standard deviation of 22.79% for the trailing three-year period, which makes the fund a medium risk choice in the space. With about 127 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Dividend ETF is a reasonable option for investors seeking to outperform the Broad Emerging Market ETFs segment of the market. However, there are other ETFs in the space which investors could consider.
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (
VWO Quick Quote VWO - Free Report) tracks FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index and the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF ( IEMG Quick Quote IEMG - Free Report) tracks MSCI Emerging Markets Investable Market Index. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF has $79.78 billion in assets, iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF has $80.11 billion. VWO has an expense ratio of 0.10% and IEMG charges 0.11%.
Investors looking for cheaper and lower-risk options should consider traditional market cap weighted ETFs that aim to match the returns of the Broad Emerging Market ETFs.
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