The iShares Emerging Markets Dividend ETF (
DVYE Quick Quote DVYE - Free Report) was launched on 02/23/2012, and is a smart beta exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Broad Emerging Market ETFs category of the market. What Are Smart Beta ETFs?
Market cap weighted indexes were created to reflect the market, or a specific segment of the market, and the ETF industry has traditionally been dominated by products based on this strategy.
A good option for investors who believe in market efficiency, market cap weighted indexes offer a low-cost, convenient, and transparent way of replicating market returns.
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.
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.
This area offers many different investment choices, such as simplest equal-weighting, fundamental weighting and volatility/momentum based weighting methodologies; however, not all of these strategies can deliver superior results.
Fund Sponsor & Index
The fund is managed by Blackrock, and has been able to amass over $893.02 million, which makes it one of the larger ETFs in the Broad Emerging Market ETFs. Before fees and expenses, DVYE seeks to match the performance of the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Select Dividend Index.
The Dow Jones Emerging Markets Select Dividend Index measures the performance of the companies in emerging market countries that have provided relatively high dividend yields on a consistent basis over time.
Cost & Other Expenses
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.
Operating expenses on an annual basis are 0.49% for this ETF, which makes it on par with most peer products in the space.
The fund has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 6.33%.
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.
Looking at individual holdings, Evraz (
EVR Quick Quote EVR - Free Report) accounts for about 3.02% of total assets, followed by Novolipetsk Steel Gdr (NLMK) and Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (IBULHSGFIN).
Its top 10 holdings account for approximately 19.57% of DVYE's total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
Year-to-date, the iShares Emerging Markets Dividend ETF has added roughly 10.09% so far, and was up about 32.33% over the last 12 months (as of 06/25/2021). DVYE has traded between $29.42 and $41.57 in this past 52-week period.
DVYE has a beta of 0.88 and standard deviation of 22.01% for the trailing three-year period, which makes the fund a medium risk choice in the space. With about 116 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
IShares 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 $83.06 billion in assets, iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF has $83.40 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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