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Is Invesco S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value ETF (RZV) a Strong ETF Right Now?

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The Invesco S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value ETF (RZV - Free Report) was launched on 03/01/2006, and is a smart beta exchange traded fund designed to offer broad exposure to the Style Box - Small Cap Value category of the market.

What Are Smart Beta ETFs?

The ETF industry has long been dominated by products based on market cap weighted indexes, a strategy created to reflect the market or a particular market segment.

Market cap weighted indexes offer a low-cost, convenient, and transparent way of replicating market returns, and are a good option for investors who believe in market efficiency.

However, some investors believe in the possibility of beating the market through exceptional stock selection, and choose a different type of fund that tracks non-cap weighted strategies: smart beta.

Based on specific fundamental characteristics, or a combination of such, these indexes attempt to pick stocks that have a better chance of risk-return performance.

Methodologies like equal-weighting, one of the simplest options out there, fundamental weighting, and volatility/momentum based weighting are all choices offered to investors in this space, but not all of them can deliver superior returns.

Fund Sponsor & Index

RZV is managed by Invesco, and this fund has amassed over $262.56 million, which makes it one of the average sized ETFs in the Style Box - Small Cap Value. Before fees and expenses, this particular fund seeks to match the performance of the S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value Index.

The S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value Index measures the performance of securities that exhibit strong value characteristics in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index.

Cost & Other Expenses

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.

With on par with most peer products in the space, this ETF has annual operating expenses of 0.35%.

RZV's 12-month trailing dividend yield is 1.23%.

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.

For RZV, it has heaviest allocation in the Financials sector --about 21.60% of the portfolio --while Consumer Discretionary and Industrials round out the top three.

Looking at individual holdings, Olympic Steel Inc (ZEUS - Free Report) accounts for about 1.77% of total assets, followed by Suncoke Energy Inc (SXC - Free Report) and Kelly Services Inc (KELYA - Free Report) .

RZV's top 10 holdings account for about 13.66% of its total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has lost about -14.74% and is down about -6.76% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 07/11/2022), respectively. RZV has traded between $81.73 and $105.17 during this last 52-week period.

The fund has a beta of 1.48 and standard deviation of 36.15% for the trailing three-year period, which makes RZV a high risk choice in this particular space. With about 173 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.


Invesco S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value ETF is a reasonable option for investors seeking to outperform the Style Box - Small Cap Value segment of the market. However, there are other ETFs in the space which investors could consider.

IShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN - Free Report) tracks Russell 2000 Value Index and the Vanguard SmallCap Value ETF (VBR - Free Report) tracks CRSP U.S. Small Cap Value Index. IShares Russell 2000 Value ETF has $11.61 billion in assets, Vanguard SmallCap Value ETF has $22.09 billion. IWN has an expense ratio of 0.24% and VBR 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 Style Box - Small Cap Value.

Bottom Line

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