FSZ
First Trust Switzerland AlphaDEX Fund

Price: $68.57
Change: $0.6 (0.01%)
Category: Europe Equities
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Vitals

Issuer First Trust
Brand First Trust
Structure ETF
Expense Ratio 0.80%
ETF Home Page Home page
Inception Feb 14, 2012

Analyst Report

This ETF utilizes the AlphaDEX strategy to invest in the Swiss stock market. This methodology involves a quantitative screening methodology designed to identify the stocks from a specific universe that have the greatest potential for capital appreciation. Specifically, stocks from the eligible universe are ranked on growth factors such as recent price appreciation, sales-to-price ratio, and one year sales growth, and separately on value factors such as book value to price ratio, cash flow to price ratio, and return on assets. Stocks with the highest scores are included in the benchmark, and the highest weightings are afforded larger weightings.


For those looking to make a play on Swiss equities, FSZ certainly makes for a viable option, but it is on the upper range of expenses; you pay a premium for the strategy which has proven itself under numerous market environments. Switzerland’s economy has long been known for its stability and neutrality on international affairs, giving credence to FSZ. The ETF has a portfolio of 40 stocks with around 40% of assets going to the top ten securities; while that isn’t the best diversity in the space, it certainly is not the worst. FSZ would probably not be used as a core holding in a portfolio, but can be a great tool for segmenting Swiss stocks as a satellite holding of a bigger portfolio.

ETF Database Themes

Category Europe Equities
Asset Class Equity
Asset Class Size Multi-Cap
Asset Class Style Blend
Region (General) North America
Region (Specific) U.S.

FactSet Classifications

  • Segment Equity: Switzerland - Total Market
  • Category Size and Style
  • Focus Total Market
  • Niche Broad-based
  • Strategy Multi-factor
  • Weighting Scheme Tiered

Trading Data

Open - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • Open
  • Volume
  • Day Lo
  • Day Hi
  • 52 Week Lo $56.18
  • 52 Week Hi $71.57
  • AUM $102.2 M
  • Shares 1.5 M

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume 2,000
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume 4,793

Alternative ETFs in the ETF Database Europe Equities Category

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest VGK 0.08% $21.1 B 5 M 11.92%
Largest (AUM) VGK 0.08% $21.1 B 5 M 11.92%
Most Liquid (Volume) VGK 0.08% $21.1 B 5 M 11.92%
Top YTD Performer EWO 0.51% $86.0 M 24,594 24.22%

Alternative ETFs in the FactSet Equity: Switzerland - Total Market Segment

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest FLSW 0.09% $47.6 M 8,323 13.62%
Largest (AUM) EWL 0.51% $1.7 B 1 M 12.88%
Most Liquid (Volume) EWL 0.51% $1.7 B 1 M 12.88%
Top YTD Performer FLSW 0.09% $47.6 M 8,323 13.62%

Top 15 Holdings

Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to its peers.

Holdings Comparison

FSZ ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Number of Holdings 42 212 45
% of Assets in Top 10 40.97% 45.44% 60.77%
% of Assets in Top 15 56.00% 54.60% 72.04%
% of Assets in Top 50 99.99% 80.47% 99.88%

Size Comparison

FSZ ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Large (>12.9B) 52.47% 72.00% 80.90%
Mid (>2.7B) 47.53% 21.47% 19.10%
Small (>600M) 0.00% 6.15% 0.00%
Micro (<600M) 0.00% 0.38% 0.00%

FSZ Valuation

This section compares the P/E ratio of this ETF to its peers.

FSZ
P/E Ratio
20.38
ETF Database Category Average
P/E Ratio
19.70
FactSet Segment Average
P/E Ratio
22.19

FSZ Dividend

This section compares the dividend yield of this ETF to its peers.

FSZ ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Dividend $ 0.22 $ 0.43 $ 0.60
Dividend Date 2021-09-23 N/A N/A
Annual Dividend Rate $ 0.96 $ 0.92 $ 0.87
Annual Dividend Yield 1.36% 2.23% 1.76%

FSZ Price and Volume Charts

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FSZ Fund Flows Charts

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5 Day Net Flows: 0 1 Month Net Flows: 0 3 Month Net Flows: -6.56 M 6 Month Net Flows: -13.34 M 1 Year Net Flows: 7.6 M 3 Year Net Flows: -105.9 M 5 Year Net Flows: -51.77 M 10 Year Net Flows: 82.34 M

FSZ Price vs Flows AUM Influence Charts

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Realtime Rating

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for FSZ 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 ETF Database Pro members, shows the ETF in the Europe 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 ETF Database Pro. To view information on how the ETF Database Realtime Ratings work, click here.

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity B n/a
Expenses C n/a
Performance
Volatility
Dividend
Concentration

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

FSZ Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to its peers.

Expenses Ratio Analysis

FSZ
Expense Ratio
0.80%
ETF Database Category Average
Expense Ratio
0.46%
FactSet Segment Average
Expense Ratio
0.47%

Tax Analysis

Max ST Capital Gains Rate 39.60%
Max LT Capital Gains Rate 20.00%
Tax On Distributions Qualified dividends
Distributes K1 No
ESG Themes and Scores
8.12/10
ESG Score
86.76%
Global Percentile
32.38%
Peer Percentile
    • Revenue Exposure to Environmental Impact (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Environment Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Sustainable Impact Solutions (%)
      4.01%
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons of CO2e / $M Sales)
      170.31
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Fossil Fuel Reserves (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • High Impact Fossil Fuel Reserves (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Water Stress High Risk Business Segment (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress High Risk Geography (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress Exposure Moderate (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress Exposure High (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Water Stress Exposure Low (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Revenue Exposure to Energy Efficiency (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Alternative Energy (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Green Building (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Pollution Prevention (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Water Sustainability (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Social Impact (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Sustainable Impact Solutions (%)
      4.01%
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • SRI Exclusion Criteria (%)
      7.25%
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Affordable Real Estate (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Education (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Major Disease Treatment (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Nutrition (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to Sanitation (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Revenue Exposure to SME Finance (%)
      Higher is better, no ESG score impact
    • Human Rights Norms Violation (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Human Rights Norms Violation OR Watch List (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Human Rights Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Labor Norms Violation (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Labor Norms Violation OR Watch List (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Labor Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Severe Customer Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Global Compact Compliance Violation (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Global Compact Compliance Violation OR Watch List (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Catholic Values Fail (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Islamic Non-Compliant (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Adult Entertainment Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Alcohol Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Gambling Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Nuclear Power Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Tobacco Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Weapons Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Controversies Weapons Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Civilian Firearms Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Civilian Firearms Retailer (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Civilian Firearms Producer (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Direct Predatory Lending Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Genetic Engineering Involvement (%)
      Higher is worse, no ESG score impact
    • Severe Governance Controversies (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Lack of Independent Board Majority (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (0-25%) (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (25-50%) (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (50-75%) (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Board Independence (75-100%) (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • No Female Directors (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Three OR More Female Directors (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Females Represent 30% of Directors (%)
      Higher improves ESG score
    • Entrenched Board (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Overboarding (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Negative Director Votes (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Ownership AND Control Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • One Share One Vote (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • No Annual Director Elections (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Does Not Use Majority Voting (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Significant Votes Against Pay Practices (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Controlling Shareholder (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Controlling Shareholder Concerns (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Cross Shareholdings (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Poison Pill (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Pay Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • No Pay Performance Link (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Lack of Internal Pay Equity (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Executive Pay Non-Disclosure (%)
      Lower improves ESG score
    • Accounting Flag (%)
      Lower improves ESG score

FSZ Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peers.

FSZ ETF Database
Category Average
Factset Segment
Average
1 Month Return -2.31% -4.87% -1.46%
3 Month Return -2.22% -5.08% -2.85%
YTD Return 14.96% 11.85% 13.82%
1 Year Return 20.63% 15.97% 18.67%
3 Year Return 57.92% 38.05% 59.03%
5 Year Return 89.33% 55.55% 61.15%

Geographic Exposure

The following charts reflect the geographic spread of FSZ's underlying holdings.

Region Percentage
Europe 99.24%
Other 0.77%
Country Percentage
Switzerland 99.24%
Other 0.77%

Holdings Analysis

The following charts reflect the allocation of FSZ's underlying holdings.

Sector Percentage
Finance 27.32%
Producer Manufacturing 17.93%
Health Technology 16.58%
Process Industries 11.66%
Utilities 5.2%
Consumer Durables 5.18%
Communications 3.94%
Transportation 3.4%
Electronic Technology 2.8%
Non-Energy Minerals 2.68%
Consumer Non-Durables 2.55%
CASH 0.77%
Market Cap Percentage
Large 52.47%
Mid 47.53%
Micro 0.0%
Small 0.0%
Region Percentage
Asset Percentage
Share/Common/Ordinary 97.59%
Preferred Equity 1.65%
CASH 0.77%
Sector Percentage
Finance 27.32%
Producer Manufacturing 17.93%
Health Technology 16.58%
Process Industries 11.66%
Utilities 5.2%
Consumer Durables 5.18%
Communications 3.94%
Transportation 3.4%
Electronic Technology 2.8%
Non-Energy Minerals 2.68%
Consumer Non-Durables 2.55%
CASH 0.77%

FSZ Technicals

Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETF Database Category.

5 Day Volatility
220.07%
Rank
5 of 59

20 Day Volatility
16.07%
Rank
13 of 59

50 Day Volatility
16.30%
Rank
19 of 59

200 Day Volatility
13.73%
Rank
31 of 59

Beta
0.87
Rank
49 of 59

Standard Deviation
4.29%
Rank
7 of 59

Technicals

  • 20 Day MA $70.24
  • 60 Day MA $69.08
  • MACD 15 Period -1.68
  • MACD 100 Period -0.45
  • Williams % Range 10 Day 81.30
  • Williams % Range 20 Day 81.30
  • RSI 10 Day 39
  • RSI 20 Day 46
  • RSI 30 Day 48
  • Ultimate Oscillator 39

Bollinger Bands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day) $67.24
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day) $72.58
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day) $68.05
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day) $72.37
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day) $67.47
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day) $72.02

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1 $68.41
  • Support Level 2 $68.25
  • Resistance Level 1 $68.65
  • Resistance Level 2 $68.73

Stochastic

  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day) 64.50
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day) 20.72
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day) 57.99
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day) 31.79

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