This interesting product from First Trust, offers investors broad based equity exposure to a group of (generally) mid and small cap firms. However, the main difference between FVL and a number of other mid and small cap focused products is that its index is developed in concert with Value Line, an investment research company that is known for its stock selection process. The underlying benchmark in this fund takes Value Line's proprietary methodology and selects 100 securities that have received Value Line's top grade for the company's Timeliness Ranking System. This method has performed well when compared against fellow mid cap funds such as IJH, outperforming over longer time horizons. However, FVL does have a significantly higher expense ratio than many of these counterparts so cost-conscious investors may want to avoid this fund unless they really believe in the Value Line system and its ability to consistently generate alpha over the long haul.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for FVL 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 All Cap 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 not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 14 other ETFs in the All Cap 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 FVL 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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