If you're interested in broad exposure to the Small Cap Blend segment of the US equity market, look no further than the Vanguard S&P SmallCap 600 ETF (
VIOO Quick Quote VIOO - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 09/09/2010.
The fund is sponsored by Vanguard. It has amassed assets over $2.06 billion, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the Small Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.
Why Small Cap Blend
Sitting at a market capitalization below $2 billion, small cap companies tend to be high-potential stocks compared to its large and mid cap counterparts, but come with higher risk.
Typically holding a combination of both growth and value stocks, blend ETFs also demonstrate qualities seen in value and growth investments.
Expense ratios are an important factor in the return of an ETF and in the long term, cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts, other things remaining the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.10%, making it one of the least expensive products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.21%.
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 Financials sector--about 18.90% of the portfolio. Industrials and Information Technology round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Macy's Inc. (
M Quick Quote M - Free Report) accounts for about 0.68% of total assets, followed by Chart Industries Inc. ( GTLS Quick Quote GTLS - Free Report) and Omnicell Inc. ( OMCL Quick Quote OMCL - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 3.68% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
VIOO seeks to match the performance of the S&P SmallCap 600 Index before fees and expenses. The S&P SmallCap 600 Index represents the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity market.
The ETF has lost about -5.52% so far this year and it's up approximately 1.16% in the last one year (as of 03/23/2022). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $187.78 and $222.02.
The ETF has a beta of 1.17 and standard deviation of 29.63% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 605 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Vanguard S&P SmallCap 600 ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 2 (Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, VIOO is a great option for investors seeking exposure to the Style Box - Small Cap Blend segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.
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 $64.42 billion in assets, iShares Core S&P SmallCap ETF has $72.87 billion. IWM has an expense ratio of 0.19% and IJR charges 0.06%. Bottom-Line
Retail and institutional investors increasingly turn to passively managed ETFs because they offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; these kind of funds are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.
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