- Last Ratings Update:10/31/2013
- Price as of 10/31/2013 :$35.33
- Net Assets:$804.4 Million
- Peer Rank:3 of 121
- Investment Rating:A+
We rate Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF at A+. This overall rating indicates it is among the top 10% of all closed end mutual funds in its peer group. Positive factors that influence this rating include a low price volatility and low expense structure. The fund invests approximately 99% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Growth & Income strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
New Fund off to good start in the last year. The Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF has returned an annual rate of 22.71% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 29.33% in the last year, 8.48% in the last six months, and 3.28% in the last three months. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last year, it has outperformed 81% of them for the period ending 10/31/2013. On a year to date basis, SCHD has returned 27.43%.
Downside risk has been below average. SCHD has a draw down risk of -3.91%, which is the largest price decline experienced since the inception of the fund. This fund has a one year standard deviation of 8.9%. This fund has had very little volatility in its monthly performance over the last 12 months. As of 10/31/2013, the fund was trading at a price of $35.33, which is 0.8% below its 52-week high of $35.61 and 6.9% above its 52-week low of $33.06.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $804.40 million, SCHD maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Growth & Income peers of just 0.08% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As SCHD is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF is managed by Agnes Hong at Charles Schwab Investment Managemen. This fund is one of 21 Charles Schwab Investment Managemen exchange-traded funds launched since 10/30/2009 that we track.
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