One of this year’s most prominent themes has been the tectonic shift away from growth and momentum sectors to value plays.
Internet and social media stocks and exchange traded funds have been stung the worst by this trend, though biotechnology has suffered mightily as well. Solar stocks and ETFs have fallen on hard times as well. [FSLR, Solar ETFs Dim As Investors Ditch Momentum Stocks]
In fact, each of last year’s top-10 sector ETFs would be considered growth plays, but of those 10, only the First Trust Global Wind Energy Fund (NYSEArca: FAN) has traded higher over the past 90 days.
Value ETFs have picked up some of the slack and the objective here is to examine some value funds beyond familiar names such as the Vanguard Value ETF (NYSEArca: VTV) and the iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEArca: IVE). The following ETFs, accompanied by year-to-date returns and asset growth, can be used as alternatives or complements to IVE and VTV.
Explicit dividend products were left off this list, but a recent recap of some impressive dividend ETFs have be accessed here. [ETFs for Monthly Dividend Hunters]