Best And Worst Q4 2017: Large-Cap Value ETFs And Mutual Funds

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Includes: DIV, FBCVX, NRGDX, VAMO
by: David Trainer
Summary

The Large-Cap Value style ranks third in Q4'17.

Based on an aggregation of ratings of 46 ETFs and 926 mutual funds.

DIV is our top-rated Large-Cap Value ETF and FBCVX is our top-rated Large-Cap Value mutual fund.

The Large-Cap Value style ranks third out of the 12 fund styles as detailed in our Q4'17 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. Last quarter, the Large Cap Value style ranked third as well. It gets our Neutral rating, which is based on an aggregation of ratings of 46 ETFs and 926 mutual funds in the Large-Cap Value style. See a recap of our Q3'17 Style Ratings here.

Figures 1 and 2 show the five best and worst rated ETFs and mutual funds in the style. Not all Large-Cap Value style ETFs and mutual funds are created the same. The number of holdings varies widely (from 14 to 874). This variation creates drastically different investment implications and, therefore, ratings.

Investors seeking exposure to the Large Cap Value style should buy one of the Attractive-or-better rated ETFs or mutual funds from Figures 1 and 2.

Our Robo-Analyst technology empowers our unique ETF and mutual fund rating methodology, which leverages our rigorous analysis of each fund’s holdings.[1] We think advisors and investors focused on prudent investment decisions should include analysis of fund holdings in their research process for ETFs and mutual funds.

Figure 1: ETFs with the Best and Worst Ratings – Top 5

* Best ETFs exclude ETFs with TNAs less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Figure 2: Mutual Funds with the Best and Worst Ratings – Top 5

* Best mutual funds exclude funds with TNAs less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Yachtman Focused Fund (YFSIX, YFSNX) and Westcore Large Cap Dividend Fund (WILGHX) are excluded from Figure 2 because their total net assets are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums.

Global X SuperDividend US ETF (DIV) is the top-rated Large Cap Value ETF and Fidelity Blue Chip Value Fund (FBCVX) is the top-rated Large Cap Value mutual fund. Both earn a Very Attractive rating.

Cambria Value and Momentum ETF (VAMO) is the worst rated Large Cap Value ETF and Integrity Energized Dividend Fund (NRGDX) is the worst rated Large Cap Value mutual fund. VAMO earns an Unattractive rating and NRGDX earns a Very Unattractive rating.

The Danger Within

Buying a fund without analyzing its holdings is like buying a stock without analyzing its business and finances. Put another way, research on fund holdings is necessary due diligence because a fund’s performance is only as good as its holdings’ performance. Don’t just take our word for it, see what Barron’s says on this matter.

PERFORMANCE OF HOLDINGS = PERFORMANCE OF FUND

Analyzing each holding within funds is no small task. Our Robo-Analyst technology enables us to perform this diligence with scale and provide the research needed to fulfill the fiduciary duty of care. More of the biggest names in the financial industry (see At BlackRock, Machines Are Rising Over Managers to Pick Stocks) are now embracing technology to leverage machines in the investment research process. Technology may be the only solution to the dual mandate for research: cut costs and fulfill the fiduciary duty of care. Investors, clients, advisors and analysts deserve the latest in technology to get the diligence required to make prudent investment decisions.

Figures 3 and 4 show the rating landscape of all Large Cap Value ETFs and mutual funds.

Figure 3: Separating the Best ETFs from the Worst Funds

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Figure 4: Separating the Best Mutual Funds from the Worst Funds

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

This article originally published on October 18, 2017.

Disclosure: David Trainer, Kyle Guske II, and Kenneth James receive no compensation to write about any specific stock, style, or theme.

[1] Ernst & Young’s recent white paper “Getting ROIC Right” proves the superiority of our holdings research and analytics.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.