IWF – Should iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (IWF) Be on Your Investing Radar?
Launched on 05/22/2000, the iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (IWF – Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to provide a broad exposure to the Large Cap Growth segment of the US equity market.
The fund is sponsored by Blackrock. It has amassed assets over $66.56 billion, making it one of the largest 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.
Qualities of growth stocks include faster growth rates compared to the broader market, as well as higher valuations and higher than average sales and earnings growth rates. Something to keep in mind is the higher level of volatility that is affiliated with growth stocks. They are likely to outperform value stocks in strong bull markets but over the longer-term, value stocks have delivered better returns than growth stocks in almost all markets.
Cost is an important factor in selecting the right ETF, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts if all other fundamentals are the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.18%, making it one of the cheaper products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 0.80%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure that minimizes single stock risk, investors should also look at the actual holdings inside the fund. Luckily, 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 42.60% of the portfolio. Consumer Discretionary and Healthcare round out the top three.
The top 10 holdings account for about 45.34% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
IWF seeks to match the performance of the Russell 1000 Growth Index before fees and expenses. The Russell 1000 Growth Index measures the performance of the large-capitalization growth sector of the U.S. equity market.
The ETF return is roughly 21.17% so far this year and is up about 12.67% in the last one year (as of 05/29/2023). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $207.03 and $259.07.
The ETF has a beta of 1.08 and standard deviation of 23.32% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 514 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
IShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, IWF is a sufficient option for those seeking exposure to the Style Box – Large Cap Growth area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.
The Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG – Free Report) and the Invesco QQQ (QQQ – Free Report) track a similar index. While Vanguard Growth ETF has $87 billion in assets, Invesco QQQ has $186.12 billion. VUG has an expense ratio of 0.04% and QQQ charges 0.20%.
An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.
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