Launched on 04/07/2010, the Invesco S&P SmallCap Health Care ETF (PSCH) is a passively managed exchange traded fund designed to provide a broad exposure to the Healthcare – Broad segment of the equity market.
An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.
Additionally, sector ETFs offer convenient ways to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Healthcare – Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 8, placing it in top 50%.
The fund is sponsored by Invesco. It has amassed assets over $286.84 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Healthcare – Broad segment of the equity market. PSCH seeks to match the performance of the S&P SmallCap 600 Capped Health Care Index before fees and expenses.
The S&P SmallCap 600 Capped Health Care Index measures the overall performance of common stocks in the health care sector.
Expense ratios are an important factor in the return of an ETF and in the long term, cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts, other things remaining the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.29%, making it one of the least expensive products in the space.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
While ETFs offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, a deep look into a fund’s holdings is a valuable exercise. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Healthcare sector–about 100% of the portfolio.
Looking at individual holdings, Ensign Group Inc/the (ENSG) accounts for about 5.30% of total assets, followed by Merit Medical Systems Inc (MMSI) and Amn Healthcare Services Inc (AMN).
The top 10 holdings account for about 33.14% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
The ETF return is roughly 2.39% and is down about -7.54% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 07/20/2023), respectively. PSCH has traded between $42.34 and $52.03 during this last 52-week period.
The ETF has a beta of 0.99 and standard deviation of 23.24% for the trailing three-year period, making it a high risk choice in the space. With about 78 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Invesco S&P SmallCap Health Care ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, PSCH is a sufficient option for those seeking exposure to the Health Care ETFs area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.
Vanguard Health Care ETF (VHT) tracks MSCI US Investable Market Health Care 25/50 Index and the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV) tracks Health Care Select Sector Index. Vanguard Health Care ETF has $16.93 billion in assets, Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF has $40.89 billion. VHT has an expense ratio of 0.10% and XLV charges 0.10%.
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