Vanguard Looks to Growth, Momentum Factor ETFs

VFMO holds 634 stocks with a median market value of $10.5 billion. In addition to its large technology and consumer discretionary exposure, the ETF allocates over 34 percent of its combined weight to consumer durables and healthcare names.

Momentum Investing Strategy Bets on Hot Stocks

The momentum strategy basically bets that hot movers will continue to rise, so investors would buy high and sell even higher. Investors who want to follow this momentum strategy will be betting on outperforming sectors flying even higher.

Momentum stocks often trade at higher valuations than broader equity benchmarks and that is true of VFMO. According to issuer data, the new fund has a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.4 and a price-to-book ratio of 4.3. The comparable metrics on the Russell 3000 Index are 21.7 and 3.0, respectively.

Keeping with Vanguard’s tradition of low fees, VFMO charges just 0.13% per year, or $13 on a $10,000 investment. That is the same annual expense ratio found on the firm’s other new active ETFs and it makes VFMO one of the least expensive momentum ETFs on the market, active or passive.

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