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Should You Invest in the VanEck Retail ETF (RTH)?

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If you're interested in broad exposure to the Consumer Discretionary - Retail segment of the equity market, look no further than the VanEck Retail ETF (RTH - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 12/20/2011.

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.

Investor-friendly, sector ETFs provide many options to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Consumer Discretionary - Retail is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 12, placing it in bottom 25%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Van Eck. It has amassed assets over $201.67 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Consumer Discretionary - Retail segment of the equity market. RTH seeks to match the performance of the MVIS US Listed Retail 25 Index before fees and expenses.

The MVIS US Listed Retail 25 Index tracks the overall performance of companies involved in retail distribution, wholesalers, on-line, direct mail and TV retailers, multi-line retailers, specialty retailers and food and other staples retailers.


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 0.35%, making it one of the least expensive products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 0.84%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

It is important to delve into an ETF's holdings before investing despite the many upsides to these kinds of funds like diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Consumer Discretionary sector--about 68% of the portfolio. Consumer Staples and Healthcare round out the top three.

Looking at individual holdings, Inc (AMZN - Free Report) accounts for about 18.24% of total assets, followed by Home Depot Inc/the (HD - Free Report) and Walmart Inc (WMT - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 69.17% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has lost about -7.41% and is up about 5.79% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 04/25/2022), respectively. RTH has traded between $168.34 and $198.86 during this last 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 0.93 and standard deviation of 20.76% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 26 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.


VanEck Retail 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, RTH is a good option for those seeking exposure to the Consumer Discretionary ETFs area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.

ProShares Online Retail ETF (ONLN - Free Report) tracks PROSHARES ONLINE RETAIL INDEX and the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT - Free Report) tracks S&P Retail Select Industry Index. ProShares Online Retail ETF has $414.57 million in assets, SPDR S&P Retail ETF has $580.43 million. ONLN has an expense ratio of 0.58% and XRT charges 0.35%.

Bottom Line

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