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Should You Invest in the First Trust NASDAQ Bank ETF (FTXO)?

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Looking for broad exposure to the Financials - Banking segment of the equity market? You should consider the First Trust NASDAQ Bank ETF (FTXO - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 09/20/2016.

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.

Sector ETFs also provide investors access to a broad group of companies in particular sectors that offer low risk and diversified exposure. Financials - Banking is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 1, placing it in top 6%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by First Trust Advisors. It has amassed assets over $220.90 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Financials - Banking segment of the equity market. FTXO seeks to match the performance of the Nasdaq US Smart Banks Index before fees and expenses.

The Nasdaq US Smart Banks Index is a modified factor weighted index, designed to provide exposure to US companies within the banking industry.


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 0.60%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.51%.

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 in the Financials sector--about 100% of the portfolio.

Looking at individual holdings, M&t Bank Corporation (MTB - Free Report) accounts for about 8.35% of total assets, followed by Wells Fargo & Company (WFC - Free Report) and Popular, Inc. (BPOP - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 60.25% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has lost about -14.45% so far this year and is down about -15.21% in the last one year (as of 11/22/2022). In that past 52-week period, it has traded between $25.42 and $37.

The ETF has a beta of 1.15 and standard deviation of 40.82% for the trailing three-year period. With about 31 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.


First Trust NASDAQ Bank 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, FTXO is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Financials ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.

Invesco KBW Bank ETF (KBWB - Free Report) tracks KBW Nasdaq Bank index and the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE - Free Report) tracks S&P Banks Select Industry Index. Invesco KBW Bank ETF has $2.10 billion in assets, SPDR S&P Bank ETF has $2.18 billion. KBWB has an expense ratio of 0.35% and KBE charges 0.35%.

Bottom Line

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