As the name implies, the Invesco S&P 500 High Dividend Low Volatility ETF (SPHD) tracks an index that tries to pick those S&P 500 stocks that deliver the highest dividends with the least turbulence.
Not surprisingly, SPHD tends to be heavy on utility stocks and light on fast-growing tech companies. SPHD imposes guardrails that prevent a single sector from dominating the portfolio, with each sector limited to ten stocks and 25% of the portfolio at rebalance. Between rebalances, better-performing sectors can become a bigger slice of the pie. As of March 2020, the fund has 37% of its money in financial stocks.
SPHD is a bit on the pricey side for dividend funds, but reasonable for factor funds. There are other, cheaper low-vol funds out there, such as Invesco’s own SPLV or the iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF. And there are plenty of funds that chase dividends, like the ultra-low-cost Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM). But SPHD the only ETF targeting that specific combination of factors.
As with most ETFs that invest in the S&P 500 universe, there’s plenty of liquidity in the underlying stocks, so institutional investors should find it easy to execute large block trades.