Should You Invest in the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Financials ETF (RYF)?

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Launched on 11/01/2006, the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Financials ETF (RYF) is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to provide a broad exposure to the Financials – Broad segment of the equity market.

An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also 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 – Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 4, placing it in top 25%.

Index Details

The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $427.71 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Financials – Broad segment of the equity market. RYF seeks to match the performance of the S&P 500 Equal Weight Financials Index before fees and expenses.

The S&P 500 Equal Weight Financials Index equally weights stocks in the financial sector of the S&P 500 Index.

Costs

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 0.40%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.04%.

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, Allstate Corp/the (ALL) accounts for about 1.83% of total assets, followed by M&t Bank Corp (MTB) and People’s United Financial Inc (PBCT).

The top 10 holdings account for about 17.36% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

So far this year, RYF has lost about -16.81%, and is down about -7.45% in the last one year (as of 07/19/2022). During this past 52-week period, the fund has traded between $51.80 and $67.90.

The ETF has a beta of 1.14 and standard deviation of 32.08% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 69 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.

Alternatives

Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Financials 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, RYF is an outstanding 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.

Vanguard Financials ETF (VFH) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Financials 25/50 Index and the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) tracks Financial Select Sector Index. Vanguard Financials ETF has $8.63 billion in assets, Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF has $28.71 billion. VFH has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLF charges 0.10%.

Bottom Line

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