Best And Worst Q4 2017: All Cap Value ETFs And Mutual Funds – Seeking Alpha

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The All Cap Value style ranks fifth out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in our Q4’17 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. Last quarter, the All Cap Value style ranked fourth. It gets our Neutral rating, which is based on an aggregation of ratings of 13 ETFs and 372 mutual funds in the All Cap Value style. See a recap of our Q3’17 Style Ratings here.

Figure 1 shows the eight best and worst rated ETFs that meet our liquidity minimums and Figure 2 shows the five best and worst rated mutual funds in the style. Not all All Cap Value style ETFs and mutual funds are created the same. The number of holdings varies widely (from 20 to 1399). This variation creates drastically different investment implications and, therefore, ratings.

Investors seeking exposure to the All 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 & Worst Ratings

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

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Four ETFs (WeatherStorm Forensic Accounting Long-Short ETF (NYSEARCA:FLAG), SPDR S&P 1500 Value Title ETF (NYSEARCA:VLU), Hartford Multifactor US Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:ROUS), WisdomTree Large Cap Value ETF (NYSEARCA:EZY)) are excluded from Figure 1 because their total net assets are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums.

Figure 2: Mutual Funds with the Best & 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

The ETF Series Deep Value ETF (NYSEARCA:DVP) is the top-rated All Cap Value ETF and the John Hancock Global Equity Fund (MUTF:JGEMX) is the top-rated All Cap Value mutual fund. Both earn a Very Attractive rating.

The Vanguard Russell 1000 Value Index Fund (NASDAQ:VONV) is the worst rated All Cap Value ETF and the Copley Fund, Inc. (MUTF:COPLX) is the worst rated All Cap Value mutual fund. VONV earns a Neutral rating and COPLX earns a Very Unattractive rating.

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PERFORMANCE OF HOLDINGs = PERFORMANCE OF FUND

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Figures 3 and 4 show the rating landscape of all All 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.

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