Best And Worst Q4 2020: All Cap Blend ETFs And Mutual Funds

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The All Cap Blend style ranks fourth out of the 12 fund styles as detailed in our Q4’20 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. Last quarter, the All Cap Blend style ranked fourth as well. It gets our Neutral rating, which is based on an aggregation of ratings of 114 ETFs and 758 mutual funds in the All Cap Blend style. See a recap of our Q3’20 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 16 to 3,570). 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.

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

Ten ETFs (WBIG, WBIF, WBIE, WBIL, QWLD, QSY, LSAF, VFQY, LOWC, RAFE) are excluded from Figure 1 because their total net assets 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

Advisor Series Scharf Global Opportunity Fund (WRLDX), ProFunds Banks UltraSector ProFund (BKPIX) and Harbor Robeco U.S. Conservative Equities Fund (HRURX, HRUNX, HRUVX) are excluded from Figure 2 because their total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums.

Invesco BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund (ADRE) is the top-rated All Cap Blend ETF and Advisor Series Scharf Fund (LOGIX) is the top-rated All Cap Blend mutual fund. Both earn a Very Attractive rating.

Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF (CNBS) is the worst rated All Cap Blend ETF and MSS Series Footprints Discover Value Fund (DVALX) is the worst rated All Cap Blend mutual fund. Both earn a Very Unattractive rating.

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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 Oct. 20, 2020.

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

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.