The SPDR Russell 1000 Low Volatility Focus ETF (
ONEV Quick Quote ONEV - Free Report) was launched on 12/02/2015, and is a smart beta exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Style Box - Large Cap Blend category of the market. What Are Smart Beta ETFs?
The ETF industry has long been dominated by products based on market cap weighted indexes, a strategy created to reflect the market or a particular market segment.
Investors who believe in market efficiency should consider market cap indexes, as they replicate market returns in a low-cost, convenient, and transparent way.
If you're the kind of investor who would rather try and beat the market through good stock selection, then smart beta funds are your best choice; this fund class is known for tracking non-cap weighted strategies.
This kind of index follows this same mindset, as it attempts to pick stocks that have better chances of risk-return performance; non-cap weighted strategies base selection on certain fundamental characteristics, or a mix of such characteristics.
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 State Street Global Advisors, and has been able to amass over $587.10 million, which makes it one of the average sized ETFs in the Style Box - Large Cap Blend. This particular fund seeks to match the performance of the Russell 1000 Low Volatility Focused Factor Index before fees and expenses.
The Russell 1000 Low Volatility Focused Factor Index reflects the performance of a segment of large-capitalization U.S. equity securities demonstrating a combination of core factors high value, high quality, and low size characteristics, with a focus factor comprising low volatility characteristics.
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.
Operating expenses on an annual basis are 0.20% for ONEV, making it one of the cheaper products in the space.
The fund has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.50%.
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.
Representing 17.70% of the portfolio, the fund has heaviest allocation to the Information Technology sector; Industrials and Financials round out the top three.
Taking into account individual holdings, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation Class A (
CTSH Quick Quote CTSH - Free Report) accounts for about 1.27% of the fund's total assets, followed by Progressive Corporation ( PGR Quick Quote PGR - Free Report) and Dollar General Corporation ( DG Quick Quote DG - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 7.61% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
Year-to-date, the SPDR Russell 1000 Low Volatility Focus ETF has lost about -2.61% so far, and is up roughly 12.28% over the last 12 months (as of 03/29/2022). ONEV has traded between $99.33 and $114.25 in this past 52-week period.
The ETF has a beta of 1 and standard deviation of 23.39% for the trailing three-year period. With about 437 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
SPDR Russell 1000 Low Volatility Focus ETF is a reasonable option for investors seeking to outperform the Style Box - Large Cap Blend segment of the market. However, there are other ETFs in the space which investors could consider.
IShares Core S&P 500 ETF (
IVV Quick Quote IVV - Free Report) tracks S&P 500 Index and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF ( SPY Quick Quote SPY - Free Report) tracks S&P 500 Index. IShares Core S&P 500 ETF has $335.02 billion in assets, SPDR S&P 500 ETF has $417.31 billion. IVV has an expense ratio of 0.03% and SPY charges 0.09%.
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 - Large Cap Blend.
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