Launched on 05/16/2017, the IQ Chaikin U.S. Small Cap ETF (CSML - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to provide a broad exposure to the Small Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.
The fund is sponsored by Indexiq. It has amassed assets over $231.43 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
Sitting at a market capitalization below $2 billion, small cap companies tend to be high-potential stocks compared to its large and mid cap counterparts, but come with 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.
Cost is an important factor in selecting the right ETF, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts if all other fundamentals are the same.
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 1.31%.
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 to the Industrials sector--about 27.40% of the portfolio. Information Technology and Financials round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Spartan Motors Inc accounts for about 0.94% of total assets, followed by Gms Inc (GMS - Free Report) and Builders Firstsource Inc (BLDR - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 8.06% 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 has added about 21.85% so far this year and is up roughly 6.47% in the last one year (as of 11/13/2019). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $21.19 and $26.98.
The ETF has a beta of 1.30 and standard deviation of 16.92% for the trailing three-year period. With about 211 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 sufficient 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 $45.01 B in assets, iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF has $45.77 B. IWM has an expense ratio of 0.19% and IJR charges 0.07%.
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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