US Large Cap Blend ETFs Return Can Be Beaten As Equity Markets Continue Ascent

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May 5, 2011 8:28pm NYSE:IWB NYSE:IWD

Large Cap Blend ETFs provide access to both growth and value stocks, looking for high returns while hedging that risk with more stable securities. Large Cap ETFs invest across the entire


 spectrum of the US market. Stocks in the top 70% of the capitalization of the US equity market are defined as large cap.

Despite strong returns, US Large Cap Blend ETFs, including the Russell Large Cap Index (NYSE:IWB), have underperformed mid cap and small cap ETFs. With a one-year trend score of 8.52%, the Russell Large Cap Index falls towards the bottom of the US Style Return Table as seen below.

US Equity Style Return

4/29/2011

Assets Class Symbols 04/27
Trend
Score
04/20
Trend
Score
Direction
Russell Smallcap Growth (IWO) 14.01% 13.06% ^
Russell Midcap Growth (IWP) 12.57% 11.91% ^
Russell Smallcap Index (IWM) 11.05% 9.92% ^
Russell Midcap Indedx (IWR) 10.9% 10.15% ^
Russell Midcap Value (IWS) 9.84% 9.03% ^
Russell Largecap Growth (IWF) 9.25% 8.24% ^
Russell Smallcap Value (IWN) 8.56% 7.26% ^
Russell Largecap Index (IWB) 8.52% 7.38% ^
Russell Largecap Value (IWD) 8.15% 6.96% ^

The trend score is defined as the average of 1,4,13,26 and 52 week total returns (including dividend reinvested).

US Large Cap Blend

4/29/2011

Description Symbol 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr Avg. Volume(K) 1 Yr Sharpe
SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) 15.13% 1.42% 2.64% 169,849 83.79%
iShares S&P 500 Index (IVV) 14.66% 2.18% 2.45% 2,992 79.99%
Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI) 17.54% 3.35% 3.48% 1,833 92.09%
iShares Russell 1000 (IWB) 15.83% 2.66% 2.84% 886 86.04%
Rydex S&P Equal Weight (RSP) 18.18% 5.79% 4.44% 1,115 94.46%
iShares S&P 100 (OEF) 12.47% 0.94% 2.15% 883 67.2%
Vanguard Large Cap (VV) 15.8% 2.78% 3.54% 223 85.55%
Schwab U.S. Large Cap (SCHX) 15.95% NA NA 297 87.97%
Vanguard S&P 500 (VOO) NA NA NA 311 NA

Among US Large Cap Blend ETFs the Ryder S&P Equal Weight ETF (NYSE:RSP) and the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSE:VTI) have performed the strongest, offering one-year returns of 18.18% and 17.54% respectively. The ETF in the sector with the highest level of average volume, the SPDR S&P 500 Index, returned 15.13% in the past year, near the middle of the pack.

While US Large Cap Blend ETFs have provided investors with strong returns in recent periods, many in the market believe that the sector is due for a retraction based on overheated valuations. For the time being, investors will likely find better returns elsewhere.

Disclosure: MyPlanIQ does not have any business relationship with the company or companies mentioned in this article. It does not set up their retirement plans. The performance data of portfolios mentioned above are obtained through historical simulation and are hypothetical.

Written By The Staff Of MyPlanIQ.com

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