The First Trust IndustrialsProducer Durables AlphaDEX ETF (
FXR Quick Quote FXR - Free Report) made its debut on 05/08/2007, and is a smart beta exchange traded fund that provides broad exposure to the Industrials ETFs category of the market. What Are Smart Beta ETFs?
Products that are based on market cap weighted indexes, which are strategies designed to reflect a specific market segment or the market as a whole, have traditionally dominated the ETF industry.
Because market cap weighted indexes provide a low-cost, convenient, and transparent way of replicating market returns, they work well for investors who believe in market efficiency.
But, there are some investors who would rather invest in smart beta funds; these funds track non-cap weighted strategies, and are a strong option for those who prefer choosing great stocks in order to beat the market.
Non-cap weighted indexes try to choose stocks that have a better chance of risk-return performance, which is based on specific fundamental characteristics, or a mix of other such characteristics.
While this space offers a number of choices to investors, including simplest equal-weighting, fundamental weighting and volatility/momentum based weighting methodologies, not all these strategies have been able to deliver superior results.
Fund Sponsor & Index
The fund is managed by First Trust Advisors. FXR has been able to amass assets over $1.43 billion, making it one of the larger ETFs in the Industrials ETFs. FXR seeks to match the performance of the StrataQuant Industrials Index before fees and expenses.
The StrataQuant Industrials Index is a modified equal-dollar weighted index designed by the AMEX to objectively identify and select stocks from the Russell 1000 Index that may generate positive alpha relative to traditional passive style indices through the use of the AlphaDEX screening methodology.
Cost & Other Expenses
Cost is an important factor in selecting the right ETF, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive cousins if all other fundamentals are the same.
Operating expenses on an annual basis are 0.61% for this ETF, which makes it one of the more expensive products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 0.80%.
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.
FXR's heaviest allocation is in the Industrials sector, which is about 68.20% of the portfolio. Its Materials and Information Technology round out the top three.
When you look at individual holdings, Agco Corporation (
AGCO Quick Quote AGCO - Free Report) accounts for about 1.63% of the fund's total assets, followed by Owens Corning ( OC Quick Quote OC - Free Report) and Robert Half International Inc. ( RHI Quick Quote RHI - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 14.3% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
The ETF has lost about -21.14% so far this year and is down about -15.38% in the last one year (as of 07/19/2022). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $47.30 and $63.
The ETF has a beta of 1.24 and standard deviation of 28.35% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 135 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
First Trust IndustrialsProducer Durables AlphaDEX ETF is a reasonable option for investors seeking to outperform the Industrials ETFs segment of the market. However, there are other ETFs in the space which investors could consider.
Vanguard Industrials ETF (
VIS Quick Quote VIS - Free Report) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Industrials 25/50 Index and the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLI Quick Quote XLI - Free Report) tracks Industrial Select Sector Index. Vanguard Industrials ETF has $3.24 billion in assets, Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF has $11.91 billion. VIS has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLI charges 0.10%.
Investors looking for cheaper and lower-risk options should consider traditional market cap weighted ETFs that aim to match the returns of the Industrials ETFs.
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