Launched on 11/01/2017, the First Trust SMID Cap Rising Dividend Achievers ETF (
SDVY Quick Quote SDVY - Free Report) is a smart beta exchange traded fund offering broad exposure to the Style Box - Mid Cap Value 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.
However, some investors believe in the possibility of beating the market through exceptional stock selection, and choose a different type of fund that tracks non-cap weighted strategies: smart beta.
Based on specific fundamental characteristics, or a combination of such, these indexes attempt to pick stocks that have a better chance of risk-return performance.
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
The fund is managed by First Trust Advisors, and has been able to amass over $709.83 million, which makes it one of the average sized ETFs in the Style Box - Mid Cap Value. Before fees and expenses, this particular fund seeks to match the performance of the NASDAQ US Small Mid Cap Rising Dividend Achievers Index.
The NASDAQ US Small Mid Cap Rising Dividend Achievers Index is composed of the securities of 100 small and mid-cap companies with a history of raising their dividends and exhibit the characteristics to continue to do so in the future.
Cost & Other Expenses
Cost is an important factor in selecting the right ETF, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive cousins if all other fundamentals are the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.60%, making it one of the most expensive products in the space.
It's 12-month trailing dividend yield comes in at 1.15%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Most ETFs are very transparent products, and disclose their holdings on a daily basis. ETFs also offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, though it's still important for investors to research a fund's holdings.
For SDVY, it has heaviest allocation in the Financials sector --about 31.10% of the portfolio --while Industrials and Consumer Discretionary round out the top three.
When you look at individual holdings, Ufp Industries Inc, (
UFPI Quick Quote UFPI - Free Report) accounts for about 1.06% of the fund's total assets, followed by Boise Cascade Company ( BCC Quick Quote BCC - Free Report) and Methode Electronics, Inc, ( MEI Quick Quote MEI - Free Report) .
Its top 10 holdings account for approximately 10.4% of SDVY's total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
So far this year, SDVY has lost about -5.75%, and is up about 8.37% in the last one year (as of 03/01/2022). During this past 52-week period, the fund has traded between $26.71 and $30.89.
The fund has a beta of 1.22 and standard deviation of 31.76% for the trailing three-year period. With about 101 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
First Trust SMID Cap Rising Dividend Achievers ETF is an excellent option for investors seeking to outperform the Style Box - Mid Cap Value segment of the market. There are other ETFs in the space which investors could consider as well.
IShares Russell MidCap Value ETF (
IWS Quick Quote IWS - Free Report) tracks Russell MidCap Value Index and the Vanguard MidCap Value ETF ( VOE Quick Quote VOE - Free Report) tracks CRSP U.S. Mid Cap Value Index. IShares Russell MidCap Value ETF has $14.73 billion in assets, Vanguard MidCap Value ETF has $15.99 billion. IWS has an expense ratio of 0.23% and VOE charges 0.07%.
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 - Mid Cap Value.
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