December 05, 2011 at 09:00 AM EST
Equal Weight ETFs: Comparing Similar (But Different) Strategies
In the universe of equity ETFs, market capitalization weighting strategies are incredibly dominant. The majority of the hundreds of domestic and international stock ETFs available to U.S. investors are linked to cap-weighted benchmarks, and the lion’s share of assets is in products that utilize this well known methodology. But in recent years, thanks in part to the ETF boom, alternative weighting methodologies have been gaining traction. For those seeking to steer clear of cap-weighting and all of its potential drawbacks, equal weighting has emerged as a popular alternative. Part of the appeal of this approach may lie in the apparent simplicity; instead of giving the biggest allocations to the most valuable components of an index, equal weighting generally involves assigning an equivalent allocation to each security that meets the membership requirements for the benchmark. Breaking the link between stock price and index weight eliminates concerns that often are attached to [...] Click here to read the original article on ETFdb.com. Related Posts: Rydex Rolls Out Mid Cap, Small Cap Equal Weight ETFs December ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures Rydex Launches Five Equal-Weight ETFs Ten Unexpected Observations On YTD ETF Returns Ten Commandments Of ETF Investing
In the universe of equity ETFs, market capitalization weighting strategies are incredibly dominant. The majority of the hundreds of domestic and international stock ETFs available to U.S. investors are linked to cap-weighted benchmarks, and the lion’s share of assets is in products that utilize this well known methodology. But in recent years, thanks in part to the ETF boom, alternative weighting methodologies have been gaining traction. For those seeking to steer clear of cap-weighting and all of its potential drawbacks, equal weighting has emerged as a popular alternative. Part of the appeal of this approach may lie in the apparent simplicity; instead of giving the biggest allocations to the most valuable components of an index, equal weighting generally involves assigning an equivalent allocation to each security that meets the membership requirements for the benchmark. Breaking the link between stock price and index weight eliminates concerns that often are attached to [...]

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