All Cap Blend Style 3Q18: Best and Worst

David Trainer  |


The All Cap Blend style ranks third out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in our 3Q18 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. Last quarter, the All Cap Blend style ranked second. It gets our Attractive rating, which is based on an aggregation of ratings of 123 ETFs and 771 mutual funds in the All Cap Blend styl. See a recap of our 2Q18 Style Ratings here.

Figures 1 and 2 show the five best and worst rated ETFs and mutual funds in the style. Not all All Cap Blend style ETFs and mutual funds are created the same. The number of holdings varies widely (from 3 to 4639). This variation creates drastically different investment implications and, therefore, ratings.

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

Our Robo-Analyst technology[1] empowers our unique ETF and mutual fund rating methodology, which leverages our rigorous analysis of each fund’s holdings.[2] 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 – Top 5

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

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Eleven ETFs (FLAG, VSMV, QSY, EXT, ADRA, QLC, TTAC, CWS, USD, UGE, WBIE) are excluded from Figure 1 because their total net assets (TNA) 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

Eight mutual funds (AQCIX, AQCYX, AQCPX, GWILX, LSLTX, JNVIX, JNVSX, OFAIX) are excluded from Figure 2 because their total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums.

ProShares Ultra Pro Dow30 (UDOW) is the top-rated All Cap Blend ETF and Hennessy Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HILGX) is the top-rated All Cap Blend mutual fund. Both earn a Very Attractive rating.

ProShares Merger ETF (MRGR) is the worst rated All Cap Blend ETF and Saratoga Advantage Large Capitalization Value Portfolio (SLVYX) is the worst rated All Cap Blend mutual fund. MRGR earns an Unattractive rating and SLVYX 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 All Cap Blend 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 July 19, 2018.

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

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[1] Harvard Business School features the powerful impact of our research automation technology in the case New Constructs: Disrupting Fundamental Analysis with Robo-Analysts.

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

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ADRE Invesco BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund 39.87 0.08 0.21 4,387 Trade
BUYN USCF SummerHaven SHPEN Index Fund 26.79 0.00 0.00 0
DDM ProShares Ultra Dow30 48.56 0.39 0.81 90,500
DIG ProShares Ultra Oil & Gas 42.09 1.06 2.58 15,395
SHE SPDR Series Trust SSGA Gender Diversity Index 77.40 0.37 0.48 1,019
UDOW ProShares UltraPro Dow30 106.05 1.40 1.34 135,757
URE ProShares Ultra Real Estate 68.06 -0.22 -0.31 2,559
UYM ProShares Ultra Basic Materials 69.95 0.00 0.00 84

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