Looking for broad exposure to the Small Cap Blend segment of the US equity market? You should consider the IQ Chaikin U.S. Small Cap ETF (CSML - Free Report) , a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 05/16/2017.
The fund is sponsored by Indexiq. It has amassed assets over $229.35 M, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the Small Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.
Why Small Cap Blend
Small cap companies have market capitalization below $2 billion. They usually have higher potential than large and mid cap companies with stocks but higher risk.
Blend ETFs are aptly named, since they tend to hold a mix of growth and value stocks, as well as show characteristics of both kinds of equities.
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 0.35%, putting it on par with most peer products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.37%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure which minimizes single stock risk, it is still important to look into a fund's holdings before investing. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation to the Industrials sector--about 27.80% of the portfolio. Financials and Information Technology round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Gms Inc (GMS - Free Report) accounts for about 0.91% of total assets, followed by Meta Financial Group Inc (CASH - Free Report) and Spartan Motors Inc .
The top 10 holdings account for about 7.61% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
CSML seeks to match the performance of the NASDAQ Chaikin Power US Small Cap Index before fees and expenses. The NASDAQ Chaikin Power US Small Cap Index is a rules-based, quantitative index designed to enhance the NASDAQ US 1500 Index, by selecting stocks with the highest Chaikin Power Gauge rating.
The ETF return is roughly 16.75% so far this year and it's up approximately 2.08% in the last one year (as of 10/22/2019). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $21.19 and $26.89.
The ETF has a beta of 1.30 and standard deviation of 17.06% for the trailing three-year period. With about 213 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
IQ Chaikin U.S. Small Cap ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, CSML is a good option for those seeking exposure to the Style Box - Small Cap Blend area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.
The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM - Free Report) and the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR - Free Report) track a similar index. While iShares Russell 2000 ETF has $43.30 B in assets, iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF has $44.38 B. IWM has an expense ratio of 0.19% and IJR charges 0.07%.
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.
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