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Should Victory CEMP US 500 Volatility Wtd Index ETF (CFA) Be on Your Investing Radar?

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Designed to provide broad exposure to the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market, the Victory CEMP US 500 Volatility Wtd Index ETF (CFA - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 07/01/2014.

The fund is sponsored by Victory Capital. It has amassed assets over $601.15 M, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.

Why Large Cap Blend

Large cap companies usually have a market capitalization above $10 billion. Overall, they are usually a stable option, with less risk and more sure-fire cash flows than mid and small cap companies.

Typically holding a combination of both growth and value stocks, blend ETFs also demonstrate qualities seen in value and growth investments.


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 0.35%, putting it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.28%.

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 to the Industrials sector--about 20.10% of the portfolio. Financials and Consumer Discretionary round out the top three.

Looking at individual holdings, Citibank Dollars On Dep (CITIMM) accounts for about 0.54% of total assets, followed by Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC - Free Report) and Duke Energy Corp. (DUK - Free Report) .

The top 10 holdings account for about 3.66% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

CFA seeks to match the performance of the CEMP U.S. Large Cap 500 Volatility Weighted Index before fees and expenses. The CEMP U.S. Large Cap 500 Volatility Weighted Index is an unmanaged index that was created by the Fund?s investment advisor and generally consists of the common stock of the 500 largest companies by market capitalization that have their headquarters in the U.S. and the stock of which trades on U.S. exchanges.

The ETF return is roughly 4.67% so far this year and was up about 14.76% in the last one year (as of 07/24/2018). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $43.79 and $51.96.

The ETF has a beta of 0.91 and standard deviation of 12.65% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 499 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.


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.

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