4 Value ETFs to Buy for Q2 2021

Value investing is one of Wall Street’s most popular strategies. That’s  because it’s one of the most lucrative options for long-term investors. And value exchange-traded funds (ETFs) allow investors to buy a basket of value stocks with a single investment, offering diversification and reducing risks. With 73 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, value ETFs have…

$328.54 billion in total assets under management. These funds’ average expense ratio is 0.34%.

While growth investing proved to be more profitable than value investing over the past decade, the current, impending, economic recovery positions value stocks well to outperform their growth counterparts. That’s because the shares of many quality companies became undervalued thanks to a temporary pause in their businesses amid the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent shift in investors’ attention away from them.  Now, as the economy enters a recovery phase, investors are rotating away from pricey growth stocks to quality bargains. This is evidenced by the SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Value ETF’s (SPYV) 13.5% returns so far this year versus the SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Growth ETF’s (SPYG) 9.1% gains.

As such, we think investing in the following value ETFs could now be rewarding: Vanguard Small-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VBR – Get Rating), iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (IVE – Get Rating), iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN – Get Rating), and iShares Edge MSCI USA Value Factor ETF (VLUE – Get Rating).

Vanguard Small-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VBR – Get Rating)

VBR seeks to track the performance of the CRSP U.S. Small Cap Value Index, which measures the investment return of small-capitalization value stocks. The fund offers broad  diversification as it holds close to 1,000 securities in total and does not allocate more than 0.5% of the total assets to any one security.

With $23.47 billion in AUM, VBR’s  top holding is Vanguard Cash Management Market Liquidity Fund, which has a 1.03% weighting in the fund, followed by IDEX Corporation (IEX) at 0.52% and VICI Properties Inc. (VICI) at 0.50%. It has an expense ratio of 0.07%, which is much lower than the category average  0.65%.

VBR  pays a $2.63  annual dividend of $2.63, which yields 1.6% on the prevailing price. The ETF’s average four-year dividend yield stands 2.04%. VBR has gained 87.5% over the past year and 19.3% year-to-date.

VBR has an A rating overall,  which equates to Strong Buy in our proprietary POWR Ratings system. It also has an A for Trade Grade and Buy & Hold Grade.

VBR is ranked #1 of 21 ETFs in the B-rated Small-cap Value ETFs group. In addition to this, one can see additional VBR’s Rating for Peer Grade here.

iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (IVE – Get Rating)

IVE tracks the S&P 500 Value index, which is  also known as the Citigroup value index. It has roughly 340 holdings and is mostly focused on companies in the financial, energy, and industrial sector. It usually tracks the performance of the large-capitalization value sector of the U.S. equity market.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) has a  3.05% weighting in  the fund as its top holding, followed by JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) at 2.75%, and The Walt Disney Company (DIS) at  2.01%. The fund has $22.03 billion in AUM. Its expense ratio of 0.18% compares to the category average 0.50%.

IVE pays $2.89 annually in dividends to its investors, which yields…

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