The WisdomTree International Equity ETF (
DWM Quick Quote DWM - Free Report) made its debut on 06/16/2006, and is a smart beta exchange traded fund that provides broad exposure to the Broad Developed World ETFs category of the market. What Are Smart Beta ETFs?
The ETF industry has traditionally been dominated by products based on market capitalization weighted indexes that are designed to represent the market or a particular segment of the market.
Because market cap weighted indexes provide a low-cost, convenient, and transparent way of replicating market returns, they work well for investors who believe in market efficiency.
On the other hand, some investors who believe that it is possible to beat the market by superior stock selection opt to invest in another class of funds that track non-cap weighted strategies--popularly known as smart beta.
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 sponsored by Wisdomtree. It has amassed assets over $630.36 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs in the Broad Developed World ETFs. This particular fund seeks to match the performance of the WisdomTree International Equity Index before fees and expenses.
The WisdomTree International Equity Index is a fundamentally weighted Index that measures the performance of dividend-paying companies in the industrialized world, excluding Canada and the United States.
Cost & Other Expenses
For ETF investors, expense ratios are an important factor when considering a fund's return; in the long-term, cheaper funds actually have the ability to outperform their more expensive cousins if all other things remain the same.
Annual operating expenses for DWM are 0.48%, which makes it on par with most peer products in the space.
It's 12-month trailing dividend yield comes in at 3.75%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
While ETFs offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, a deep look into a fund's holdings is a valuable exercise. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
When you look at individual holdings, Nestle Sa (NESN) accounts for about 2.05% of the fund's total assets, followed by Bhp Group Ltd (
BHP Quick Quote BHP - Free Report) and Rio Tinto Plc ( RIO Quick Quote RIO - Free Report) .
DWM's top 10 holdings account for about 13.19% of its total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
So far this year, DWM has lost about -2.35%, and was up about 4.08% in the last one year (as of 04/01/2022). During this past 52-week period, the fund has traded between $48.63 and $56.66.
DWM has a beta of 0.79 and standard deviation of 20.64% for the trailing three-year period, which makes the fund a low risk choice in the space. With about 873 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
WisdomTree International Equity ETF is a reasonable option for investors seeking to outperform the Broad Developed World ETFs segment of the market. However, there are other ETFs in the space which investors could consider.
IShares MSCI EAFE ETF (
EFA Quick Quote EFA - Free Report) tracks MSCI EAFE Index and the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF ( IEFA Quick Quote IEFA - Free Report) tracks MSCI EAFE Investable Market Index. IShares MSCI EAFE ETF has $53.04 billion in assets, iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF has $100.35 billion. EFA has an expense ratio of 0.32% and IEFA 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 Broad Developed World ETFs.
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