Looking for broad exposure to the Small Cap Value segment of the US equity market? You should consider the Vanguard Russell 2000 Value ETF (
VTWV Quick Quote VTWV - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 09/22/2010.
The fund is sponsored by Vanguard. It has amassed assets over $1.03 billion, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the Small Cap Value segment of the US equity market.
Why Small Cap Value
Small cap companies have market capitalization below $2 billion. They usually have higher potential than large and mid cap companies with stocks but higher risk.
Carrying lower than average price-to-earnings and price-to-book ratios, value stocks also have lower than average sales and earnings growth rates. Looking at their long-term performance, value stocks have outperformed growth stocks in almost all markets. They are however likely to underperform growth stocks in strong bull markets.
Since cheaper funds tend to produce better results than more expensive funds, assuming all other factors remain equal, it is important for investors to pay attention to an ETF's expense ratio.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.15%, making it one of the least expensive products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.33%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
ETFs offer a 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.
This ETF has heaviest allocation to the Financials sector--about 27.10% of the portfolio. Industrials and Consumer Discretionary round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Gamestop Corp. (
GME Quick Quote GME - Free Report) accounts for about 0.83% of total assets, followed by Darling Ingredients Inc. ( DAR Quick Quote DAR - Free Report) and Amc Entertainment Holdings Inc. ( AMC Quick Quote AMC - Free Report) . Performance and Risk
VTWV seeks to match the performance of the Russell 2000 Value Index before fees and expenses. The Russell 2000 Value Index measures the performance of the small-cap value segment of the U.S. equity universe.
The ETF return is roughly 23.76% so far this year and is up about 56.23% in the last one year (as of 08/24/2021). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $83.70 and $152.45.
The ETF has a beta of 1.25 and standard deviation of 30.67% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 1548 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Vanguard Russell 2000 Value ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, VTWV is an outstanding option for investors seeking exposure to the Style Box - Small Cap Value segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.
The iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (
IWN Quick Quote IWN - Free Report) and the Vanguard SmallCap Value ETF ( VBR Quick Quote VBR - Free Report) track a similar index. While iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF has $15.44 billion in assets, Vanguard SmallCap Value ETF has $24.37 billion. IWN has an expense ratio of 0.24% and VBR charges 0.07%. 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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