Harbor has launched a small-cap ETF, expanding its human capital investing suite.
The (HAPS ), listed on the NYSE Arca on April 13, offers exposure to small-cap companies with strong Human Capital Factor scores while constraining sectors to enhance overall diversification benefits.
The Human Capital Factor is a distinctive investment factor measuring corporate culture and its connection to future equity performance. The nontraditional factor was derived from Irrational Capital’s proprietary research and employee survey data along with other publicly available, grassroots sources such as employee reviews, Harbor said.
Quantifying (and ranking) human capital as an (intangible) asset (versus a cost/liability) on a company’s balance sheet has proven to lead to a large informational advantage in investing and be relatively distinct or orthogonal to existing, traditional investment factors such as quality, size, etc, according to Harbor.
“At Harbor, we believe culture matters. It is often claimed that people are a company’s most important asset, yet tangible measures of corporate culture and employee well-being are not captured on companies’ balance sheets,” Harbor said. “Utilizing the latest behavioral economic research, Irrational Capital has uncovered what they believe to be a direct systematic link between company culture and resulting company equity performance – The Human Capital Factor.”
HAPS is a part of Harbor’s growing HAP- series. The Human Capital Factor first became publicly investable through the (HAPY ), which launched in February 2022, followed by the (HAPI ), which launched in November 2022.
HAPY, HAPI, and HAPS use the same methodology to score companies on human capital – notably by combining systematic research to generate returns through statistical correlations between specific cultural characteristics and equity performance.
The primary differences between HAPS and its sister strategies relate to index construction and resulting market capitalization. HAPS strives for a beta of 1 to the Russell 2000 Index (while HAPI aims for a beta of 1 to the Russell 1000 Index), offers a sector-neutral approach (versus unconstrained for HAPY), and security representation within sectors being based on the highest HCF scores (all three), Harbor said.
“Harbor continues to expand its ETF lineup to support a range of equity, fixed income, and commodity products and has embraced active management more than many others,” Todd Rosenbluth, head of research at VettaFi, said. “This new ETF provides distinct small-cap exposure which could help it stand out from the crowd.”
HAPS seeks to provide investment results that correspond, before fees and expenses, to the performance of the CIBC Human Capital Factor Small Cap Index. The index consists of a modified cap-weighted portfolio of equity securities of approximately 200 U.S. companies identified by Irrational Capital as those it believes to possess strong corporate culture based on its proprietary scoring methodology. The index was developed by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).
HAPS can be used in portfolios in several ways, including as a core small-cap U.S. equity holding enhanced by the Human Capital Factor. HAPS can also serve as a portfolio diversifier, offering uncorrelated to other investment styles. The fund also fits as a socially conscious strategy for accessing companies with strong corporate cultures.
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The CIBC Human Capital Index consists of a modified market-weighted portfolio of the equity securities of U.S. companies identified by Irrational Capital LLC (“Irrational Capital”) as those it believes to possess strong corporate culture based on its proprietary scoring methodology. The Index is developed by CIBC World Markets, Inc. (the “Index Provider”), Irrational Capital evaluates companies based on a proprietary, rules-based scoring methodology it developed by leveraging its research in behavioral science, data science and human capital. Constituents of the Solactive GBS United States 500 Index (the “index universe”) at the time of Index reconstitution are eligible for inclusion in the Index. Each company in the index universe that is also identified by Irrational Capital on its list of high-scoring companies (based on the most current scores as of each reconstitution) will be included in the Index. Index constituents in the same sector are weighted based on their float-adjusted market capitalizations. On reconstitution dates, the Index will target the same sector weights as the index universe. If after the Index’s weighting and capping rules are applied, a sector’s weight in the Index would be less than its weight in the index universe, the Index will hold exchange-traded funds that invest specifically in the stocks and securities of the corresponding sector (known as sector ETFs), or such other sector proxy as the Index Provider may determine, to fill the remaining weight and ensure sector neutrality as compared with the index universe. The index listed is unmanaged and does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment.
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