Designed to provide broad exposure to the Utilities – Broad segment of the equity market, the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF (RSPU) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 11/01/2006.
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.
Sector ETFs also provide investors access to a broad group of companies in particular sectors that offer low risk and diversified exposure. Utilities – Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 3, placing it in top 19%.
The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $321.84 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Utilities – Broad segment of the equity market. RSPU seeks to match the performance of the SP 500 EQUAL WEIGHT TELECM-UTILITY INDEX before fees and expenses.
The S&P 500 Equal Weight Telecommunication Services & Utilities Index equally weights stocks found in the utilities and telecommunication services sectors of the S&P 500 Index.
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 0.40%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.57%.
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 in the Utilities sector–about 100% of the portfolio.
Looking at individual holdings, Constellation Energy Corp (CEG) accounts for about 3.90% of total assets, followed by Nrg Energy Inc (NRG) and Edison International (EIX).
The top 10 holdings account for about 35.04% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
Year-to-date, the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF has lost about -6.17% so far, and is down about -9.29% over the last 12 months (as of 08/31/2023). RSPU has traded between $50.72 and $63.70 in this past 52-week period.
The ETF has a beta of 0.55 and standard deviation of 17.79% for the trailing three-year period. With about 32 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.
Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF sports a Zacks ETF Rank of 4 (Sell), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. RSPU, then, is not a suitable option for investors seeking exposure to the Utilities/Infrastructure ETFs segment of the market. However, there are better ETFs in the space to consider.
Vanguard Utilities ETF (VPU) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Utilities 25/50 Index and the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) tracks Utilities Select Sector Index. Vanguard Utilities ETF has $5.19 billion in assets, Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF has $14.50 billion. VPU has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLU charges 0.10%.
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