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Should You Invest in the First Trust Technology AlphaDEX ETF (FXL)?

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Looking for broad exposure to the Technology - Broad segment of the equity market? You should consider the First Trust Technology AlphaDEX ETF (FXL - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 05/08/2007.

Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.

Investor-friendly, sector ETFs provide many options to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Technology - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 8, placing it in top 50%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by First Trust Advisors. It has amassed assets over $1.09 billion, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Technology - Broad segment of the equity market. FXL seeks to match the performance of the StrataQuant Technology Index before fees and expenses.

The StrataQuant Technology 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.


Since cheaper funds tend to produce better results than more expensive funds, assuming all other factors remain equal, it is important for investors to pay attention to an ETF's expense ratio.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.61%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 0.31%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure that minimizes single stock risk, investors should also look at the actual holdings inside the fund. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Information Technology sector--about 91.60% of the portfolio.

Looking at individual holdings, Switch, Inc. (class A) (SWCH - Free Report) accounts for about 2.05% of total assets, followed by Avnet, Inc. (AVT - Free Report) and Mandiant Inc. .

The top 10 holdings account for about 17.97% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

So far this year, FXL has lost about -23.53%, and is down about -21.45% in the last one year (as of 09/12/2022). During this past 52-week period, the fund has traded between $91.32 and $138.38.

The ETF has a beta of 1.19 and standard deviation of 30.99% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 106 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.


First Trust Technology AlphaDEX ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, FXL is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Technology ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.

Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK - Free Report) tracks Technology Select Sector Index and the Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT - Free Report) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Information Technology 25/50 Index. Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF has $41.34 billion in assets, Vanguard Information Technology ETF has $44.12 billion. XLK has an expense ratio of 0.10% and VGT charges 0.10%.

Bottom Line

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