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Should You Invest in the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Staples ETF (RHS)?

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Looking for broad exposure to the Consumer Staples - Broad segment of the equity market? You should consider the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Staples ETF (RHS - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 11/01/2006.

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.

Additionally, sector ETFs offer convenient ways to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Consumer Staples - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 15, placing it in bottom 6%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $577.44 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Consumer Staples - Broad segment of the equity market. RHS seeks to match the performance of the S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Staples Index before fees and expenses.

The S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Staples Index equally weights stocks in the consumer staples sector of the S&P 500 Index.

Costs

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 0.40%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.94%.

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.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Consumer Staples sector--about 100% of the portfolio.

Looking at individual holdings, Kroger Co/the (KR - Free Report) accounts for about 3.94% of total assets, followed by Archer-Daniels-Midland Co (ADM - Free Report) and Altria Group Inc (MO - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 35.04% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has gained about 1.81% so far this year and is up about 8.99% in the last one year (as of 05/03/2022). In that past 52-week period, it has traded between $153.68 and $180.71.

The ETF has a beta of 0.61 and standard deviation of 18.60% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 33 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.

Alternatives

Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Staples ETF sports a Zacks ETF Rank of 4 (Sell), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. RHS, then, is not a great choice for investors seeking exposure to the Consumer Staples ETFs segment of the market. However, there are better ETFs in the space to consider.

Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC - Free Report) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Staples 25/50 Index and the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP - Free Report) tracks Consumer Staples Select Sector Index. Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF has $6.84 billion in assets, Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF has $16.54 billion. VDC has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLP charges 0.10%.

Bottom Line

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