Benchmarks don’t define outcomes. How well do you know what’s inside your passive investments?

If you’re looking to avoid a beta bubble, here are a few facts you should consider before deciding to invest.

320 ETFs

Apple is included in over 320 ETFs making it the most widely held stock by number of ETFs in the S&P 500 (Intel, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and AT&T round out the top 5 and are included in over 285 ETFs, respectively)

100%

ETFs may capture 100% of the upside, however, in times of volatility passive vehicles are unable to mitigate any of the potential losses with tactical changes (liquidity becomes an issue as smaller and less-traded names take disproportionate losses when investors try to exit in a downturn)

21%

of the Russell 1000 Value Index maintains high debt levels as measured by Net Debt/EBITDA

45%

of the Russell 2000 Index is illiquid, trading less than
$5M daily

32%

of the Russell 2500 Index is unprofitable

13%

of the Russell 1000 Value Index is unprofitable

When did passive investing become a bet on interest rates?

Passive investments are strongly tied to interest rates. This can lead to a number of unintended consequences:

Active Managers tend to be underexposed to yield factors (and likely for good reason given asset allocation demands.)

Illiquidity is a rising issue, particularly in small caps, as indiscriminate passive flows bid up low-quality stocks equally.

Rising interest rates create better decisions regarding returns on capital as the cost of capital rises for companies and lesser business models suffer disproportionately to higher quality businesses.

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