Looking for broad exposure to the Small Cap Blend segment of the US equity market? You should consider the JPMorgan Diversified Return U.S. Small Cap Equity ETF (
JPSE Quick Quote JPSE - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 11/15/2016.
The fund is sponsored by J.P. Morgan. It has amassed assets over $200.18 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the Small Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.
Why Small Cap Blend
With more potential comes more risk, and small cap companies, with market capitalization below $2 billion, epitomizes this way of thinking.
Blend ETFs are aptly named, since they tend to hold a mix of growth and value stocks, as well as show characteristics of both kinds of equities.
When considering an ETF's total return, expense ratios are an important factor, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts in the long term if all other factors remain equal.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.29%, putting it on par with most peer products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.32%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure which minimizes single stock risk, it is still important to look into a fund's holdings before investing. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation to the Information Technology sector--about 15.80% of the portfolio. Industrials and Financials round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Sm Energy Co Common (
SM Quick Quote SM - Free Report) accounts for about 0.55% of total assets, followed by Ranger Oil Corp Common ( ROCC Quick Quote ROCC - Free Report) and Antero Resources Corp ( AR Quick Quote AR - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 4.17% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
JPSE seeks to match the performance of the Russell 2000 Diversified Factor Index before fees and expenses. The JP Morgan Diversified Factor US Small Cap Equity Index utilizes a rules-based approach that combines risk-based portfolio construction with multi-factor security selection, including value, quality and momentum factors.
The ETF has lost about -7.26% so far this year and is up about 2.56% in the last one year (as of 03/10/2022). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $40.70 and $47.96.
The ETF has a beta of 1.15 and standard deviation of 28.15% for the trailing three-year period. With about 629 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
JPMorgan Diversified Return U.S. Small Cap Equity ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, JPSE is a reasonable option for those seeking exposure to the Style Box - Small Cap Blend area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.
The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (
IWM Quick Quote IWM - Free Report) and the iShares Core S&P SmallCap ETF ( IJR Quick Quote IJR - Free Report) track a similar index. While iShares Russell 2000 ETF has $60.69 billion in assets, iShares Core S&P SmallCap ETF has $70.70 billion. IWM has an expense ratio of 0.19% and IJR charges 0.06%. Bottom-Line
While an excellent vehicle for long term investors, passively managed ETFs are a popular choice among institutional and retail investors due to their low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency.
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