Launched on 08/13/2013, the Schwab Fundamental U.S. Broad Market Index ETF (
FNDB Quick Quote FNDB - Free Report) is a smart beta exchange traded fund offering broad exposure to the Style Box - All Cap Value 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.
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.
On the other hand, some investors who believe that it is possible to beat the market by superior stock selection opt to invest in another class of funds that track non-cap weighted strategies--popularly known as smart beta.
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
Because the fund has amassed over $374.48 million, this makes it one of the larger ETFs in the Style Box - All Cap Value. FNDB is managed by Charles Schwab. This particular fund, 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
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.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.25%, making it one of the cheaper products in the space.
It's 12-month trailing dividend yield comes in at 1.71%.
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 16.60% of the portfolio, the fund has heaviest allocation to the Financials sector; Information Technology and Consumer Discretionary round out the top three.
When you look at individual holdings, Apple Inc Common Stock Usd.00001 (
AAPL Quick Quote AAPL - Free Report) accounts for about 3.46% of the fund's total assets, followed by Exxon Mobil Corp Common Stock ( XOM Quick Quote XOM - Free Report) and Microsoft Corp Common Stock Usd.00000625 ( MSFT Quick Quote MSFT - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 16.72% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
Year-to-date, the Schwab Fundamental U.S. Broad Market Index ETF has gained about 23.45% so far, and was up about 47.49% over the last 12 months (as of 07/29/2021). FNDB has traded between $36.91 and $55.77 in this past 52-week period.
FNDB has a beta of 1.10 and standard deviation of 23.63% for the trailing three-year period, which makes the fund a medium risk choice in the space. With about 1665 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.
Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF (
DFAT Quick Quote DFAT - Free Report) tracks ---------------------------------------- and the iShares Core S&P U.S. Value ETF ( IUSV Quick Quote IUSV - Free Report) tracks S&P 900 Value Index. Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF has $5.82 billion in assets, iShares Core S&P U.S. Value ETF has $10.50 billion. DFAT has an expense ratio of 0.34% 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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