This ETF offers exposure to small cap U.S. stocks, an asset class that is included in most long-term portfolios and can be useful for tactical traders looking to implement a tilt towards riskier securities. DES is one of dozens of options for small cap exposure through ETFs, and is unique because of the weighting methodology employed. The related benchmark is dividend-weighted, determining components companies and individual allocations based on cash dividends paid. That methodology has the effect of enhancing current returns from the equity side of a portfolio, and may also be appealing for those looking to utilize alternatives to market cap-weighting (which has a tendency to overweight overvalued stocks, and underweight undervalued companies). DES is slightly more expensive than some of the cap-weighted alternatives, but investors who believe the dividend-weighting approach has the potential to add value over the long run will find the expense differentials to be minimal. This fund may be worth considering as an alternative to products such as IWM and IJR.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for DES 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 Small 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.com Category.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (E*TRADE)
There are 10 other ETFs in the Small Cap Value Equities ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of DES 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.com Category.
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