Small-cap exchange traded funds are now trailing the S&P 500 after falling harder than the blue-chip index in the recent sell-off.
The small-cap iShares Russell 2000 (NYSEArca: IWM) was up 6.6% year to date as of Tuesday’s close, compared with a gain of 8.7% for the S&P 500, according to Morningstar.
Smaller stocks often lead market rallies, although the asset class is more volatile than more established, large-cap names.
“Small-cap stocks tend to be more volatile due to narrower economic moats and a greater sensitivity to macroeconomic risks,” says Morningstar analyst Michael Rawson in a report on IWM.
The fund has an expense ratio of 0.26%. The average market cap of a stock in the small-cap fund is about $1 billion, compared with $50 billion for the S&P 500.