This ETF offers exposure to a unique investment strategy, seeking to identify stocks that perform well during bearish market periods by analyzing valuation multiples, accounting practices, and dividend payments. Given this objective, DEF probably doesn't make much sense as a holding in a long-term portfolio, though it may be useful as a tactical play for those looking to scale back beta and volatility in anticipation of a bear market. In terms of the portfolio, DEF offers a somewhat predictable tilt towards low beta industries, though all corners of the economy receive some allocation in the fund. It's worth noting that DEF isn't simply a mega cap fund; companies of all sizes are included in the underlying portfolio. Those considering an investment in DEF would be wise to analyze the efficiency with which this ETF has achieved its stated objective; a quick look at the beta should give a general impression of how well DEF has identified stocks that hold up well in bear markets. DEF is a bit on the pricey side, but those who believe the methodology succeeds at identifying defensive stocks will likely be happy to pay for the specialized exposure.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for DEF on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Large Cap Value Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Charles Schwab)
There are 28 other ETFs in the Large Cap Value Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.
The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of DEF relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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