Designed to provide broad exposure to the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market, the SPDR MSCI USA StrategicFactors ETF (
QUS Quick Quote QUS - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 04/15/2015.
The fund is sponsored by State Street Global Advisors. It has amassed assets over $835.13 million, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.
Why Large Cap Blend
Large cap companies typically 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.
Typically holding a combination of both growth and value stocks, blend ETFs also demonstrate qualities seen in value and growth investments.
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 0.15%, making it one of the cheaper products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.52%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
ETFs offer a diversified exposure and thus minimize single stock risk but it is still important to delve into a fund's holdings before investing. Most ETFs are very transparent products and many disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation to the Information Technology sector--about 26.80% of the portfolio. Healthcare and Financials round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Apple Inc. (
AAPL Quick Quote AAPL - Free Report) accounts for about 3.04% of total assets, followed by Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT Quick Quote MSFT - Free Report) and Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ Quick Quote JNJ - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 19.11% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
QUS seeks to match the performance of the MSCI USA Factor Mix A-Series Index before fees and expenses. The MSCI USA Factor Mix A-Series Index measures the equity market performance of large and mid-cap companies across the U.S. equity market. It aims to represent the performance of a combination of three factors: value, quality, and low volatility.
The ETF has lost about -14.62% so far this year and is down about -5.60% in the last one year (as of 06/28/2022). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $103.89 and $131.16.
The ETF has a beta of 0.92 and standard deviation of 22.92% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 622 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
SPDR MSCI USA StrategicFactors 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, QUS is a sufficient option for those seeking exposure to the Style Box - Large Cap Blend area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.
The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (
IVV Quick Quote IVV - Free Report) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF ( SPY Quick Quote SPY - Free Report) track a similar index. While iShares Core S&P 500 ETF has $287.81 billion in assets, SPDR S&P 500 ETF has $356.04 billion. IVV has an expense ratio of 0.03% and SPY charges 0.09%. Bottom-Line
An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.
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