Lower Risk, Potentially Higher ReturnsSubmitted by LWM | Linden Wealth Management LLC on December 10th, 2019
Low Volatility. A New Type of Fund.
It's not often that you get to "have your cake and eat it too." In some respects, that's exactly what's happening with low volatility investment funds.
Here's how they work. Over $3.6 trillion of investments track the S&P 500. Instead of investing in the entire index of 500 stocks, low volatility funds like SPLV, an ETF, select 100 of the least volatile stocks in the index.
In doing so, SPLV has smaller price swings since it's comprised of less volatile stocks. When the S&P 500 index goes up in value, SPLV captures 70-80% of the up move. However, when the index goes down, SPLV only captures 40-50% of the down move. Over long periods, this results in funds like SPLV outperforming the index:
Shown another way, low volatility funds can produce higher returns with lower risk:
If stocks went up in value all the time, the index with it's more volatile stocks would outperform the alternative low volatility fund, but stocks don't go up all the time!
Low volatility funds are ideal for investors who want to stay invested, protect against downside, and potentially generate higher long-term returns. It's important to remember that all investments, including low volatility funds, are subject to risk and, therefore, potential loss.
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