2022’s Top-Read Stories on Equal-Weighted ETFs | ETF Trends

Equal-weighted ETFs outperformed their cap-weighted peers by an impressive margin in 2022.

The S&P 500 Equal Weight index has consistently outperformed the S&P 500 in 2022, with equal weight’s outperformance over 12 months climbing to 8% on a relative basis, as of the end of November. Year-to-date through the end of November, equal weight has declined -7.1% compared to the S&P 500’s decline of -13.1%.

Here were the three top-read stories on equal-weighted ETFs in 2022:

1. “RSP Rakes in Nearly $1 Billion in First Weeks Of 2022

During the first nine trading days of the year, characterized by increased volatility, the Invesco S&P 500® Equal Weight ETF (RSP) hauled in nearly $1 billion in net new assets as investors looked to buy the dip.

RSP tracks the S&P 500 Equal Weight Index, in which component companies receive equal allocations, as opposed to being weighted by market capitalization. The weighting structure results in exposure that is considerably more balanced than other alternatives and has a heavier focus on value.

2. “RCD Is a Good Way to Spread Consumer Discretionary Bets

By mid-April, Amazon and Tesla accounted for nearly 43% of the cap-weighted S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary Index. Investors looking for more diversification and less concentration among consumer cyclical stocks instead allocated to the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Discretionary ETF (RCD).

3. “Netflix Plunge Highlights Benefits of Equal Weighting

Shares of Netflix notably tumbled after the streaming giant reported disappointing fourth-quarter 2021 earnings, missing its target for new subscribers during the quarter and guiding much lower than expected views for the first quarter of 2022.

Shares of Netflix plummeted as much as 23% on one day, marking the biggest drop since October 2014. The streaming giant’s weight in the S&P 500 is 0.59%, putting it in the top 20 holdings, whereas Netflix is weighted at 0.17% in an equal-weighted strategy such as RSP.

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