Designed to provide broad exposure to the Large Cap Growth segment of the US equity market, the Invesco S&P 500 Pure Growth ETF (RPG) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 03/01/2006.
The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $3.55 billion, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the Large Cap Growth segment of the US equity market.
Why Large Cap Growth
Large cap companies usually have a market capitalization above $10 billion. Considered a more stable option, large cap companies boast more predictable cash flows and are less volatile than their mid and small cap counterparts.
While growth stocks do boast higher than average sales and earnings growth rates, and they are expected to grow faster than the wider market, investors should note these kinds of stocks have higher valuations. Further, growth stocks have a higher level of volatility associated with them. Even though growth stocks are more likely to outperform their value counterparts in strong bull markets, value stocks have a record of delivering better returns in almost all markets than growth stocks.
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 0.35%, putting it on par with most peer products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 0.08%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
While ETFs offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, a deep look into a fund’s holdings is a valuable exercise. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation to the Information Technology sector–about 41.60% of the portfolio. Healthcare and Consumer Discretionary round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Tesla Inc (TSLA) accounts for about 2.94% of total assets, followed by Nvidia Corp (NVDA) and Etsy Inc (ETSY).
The top 10 holdings account for about 24.09% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
RPG seeks to match the performance of the S&P 500 Pure Growth Index before fees and expenses. The S&P 500 Pure Growth Index is narrow in focus, containing only those S&P 500 companies with strong growth characteristics as selected by Standard & Poors. As of December 31. 2010 the Index included 125 of the constituents that comprise the S&P 500.
The ETF has added about 33.90% so far this year and it’s up approximately 41.99% in the last one year (as of 11/12/2021). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $151.58 and $217.77.
The ETF has a beta of 1.10 and standard deviation of 25.96% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 76 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Invesco S&P 500 Pure Growth 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, RPG is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Style Box – Large Cap Growth segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.
The Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG) and the Invesco QQQ (QQQ) track a similar index. While Vanguard Growth ETF has $88.67 billion in assets, Invesco QQQ has $203.95 billion. VUG has an expense ratio of 0.04% and QQQ charges 0.20%.
While an excellent vehicle for long term investors, passively managed ETFs are a popular choice among institutional and retail investors due to their low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency.
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