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Should Principal Value ETF (PY) Be on Your Investing Radar?

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Launched on 03/21/2016, the Principal Value ETF (PY - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to provide a broad exposure to the Large Cap Value segment of the US equity market.

The fund is sponsored by Principal Funds. It has amassed assets over $283.29 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the Large Cap Value segment of the US equity market.

Why Large Cap Value

Large cap companies usually have a market capitalization above $10 billion. Overall, they are usually a stable option, with less risk and more sure-fire cash flows than mid and small cap companies.

Carrying lower than average price-to-earnings and price-to-book ratios, value stocks also have lower than average sales and earnings growth rates. Considering long-term performance, value stocks have outperformed growth stocks in almost all markets; however, they are more likely to underperform growth stocks in strong bull markets.


Investors should also pay attention to an ETF's expense ratio. Lower cost products will produce better results than those with a higher cost, assuming all other metrics remain the same.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.15%, making it one of the cheaper products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.92%.

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 27% of the portfolio. Industrials and Information Technology round out the top three.

Looking at individual holdings, Altria Group Inc Common Stock Usd.333 (MO - Free Report) accounts for about 3.25% of total assets, followed by Equitrans Midstream Corp Common Stock (ETRN - Free Report) and Prudential Financial Inc Common Stock Usd.01 (PRU - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 21.68% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

PY seeks to match the performance of the NASDAQ U.S. Shareholder Yield Index before fees and expenses. The NASDAQ U.S. Shareholder Yield Index provides exposure to equity securities of mid- and large-capitalization U.S. issuers. The index focuses on U.S. companies with sustainable shareholder yield, strong cash flow generation, and capacity to increase dividends and buybacks.

The ETF has lost about -5.96% so far this year and is down about -0.17% in the last one year (as of 05/24/2022). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $40.50 and $45.34.

The ETF has a beta of 1.22 and standard deviation of 29.01% for the trailing three-year period. With about 117 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.


Principal Value 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, PY is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Style Box - Large Cap Value segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.

The iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD - Free Report) and the Vanguard Value ETF (VTV - Free Report) track a similar index. While iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF has $53.66 billion in assets, Vanguard Value ETF has $97.50 billion. IWD has an expense ratio of 0.19% and VTV charges 0.04%.


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.

To learn more about this product and other ETFs, screen for products that match your investment objectives and read articles on latest developments in the ETF investing universe, please visit Zacks ETF Center.

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