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Should You Invest in the iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (IAT)?

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Designed to provide broad exposure to the Financials - Regional Banks segment of the equity market, the iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (IAT - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 05/01/2006.

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.

Additionally, sector ETFs offer convenient ways to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Financials - Regional Banks is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 16, placing it in bottom 0%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Blackrock. It has amassed assets over $657.58 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Financials - Regional Banks segment of the equity market. IAT seeks to match the performance of the Dow Jones U.S. Select Regional Banks Index before fees and expenses.

The Dow Jones U.S. Select Regional Banks Index is a free-float adjusted market capitalization-weighted index which measures the performance of the regional bank sub-sector of the U.S. equity market.


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.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.39%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 4.66%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

It is important to delve into an ETF's holdings before investing despite the many upsides to these kinds of funds like diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that 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, Pnc Financial Services Group Inc (PNC - Free Report) accounts for about 13.50% of total assets, followed by Us Bancorp (USB - Free Report) and Truist Financial Corp (TFC - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 67.97% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

The ETF has lost about -34.93% and is down about -38.03% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 05/11/2023), respectively. IAT has traded between $29.75 and $56.65 during this last 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 1.08 and standard deviation of 35.51% for the trailing three-year period, making it a high risk choice in the space. With about 39 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.


IShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF sports a Zacks ETF Rank of 4 (Sell), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. IAT, then, is not the best option for investors seeking exposure to the Financials ETFs segment of the market. However, there are better ETFs in the space to consider.

Invesco KBW Regional Banking ETF (KBWR - Free Report) tracks KBW Nasdaq Regional Banking Index and the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE - Free Report) tracks S&P Regional Banks Select Industry Index. Invesco KBW Regional Banking ETF has $51.80 million in assets, SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF has $2.95 billion. KBWR has an expense ratio of 0.35% and KRE charges 0.35%.

Bottom Line

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