Based on an aggregation of ratings of 46 ETFs and 795 mutual funds in the Small Cap Blend style.

EES is our top-rated Small Cap Blend ETF and FTHFX is our top-rated Small Cap Blend mutual fund.

The Small Cap Blend style ranks ninth out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in ourQ119 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual st quarter, the Small Cap Blend style ranked tenth. It gets our Neutral rating, which is based on an aggregation of ratings of 46 ETFs and 795 mutual funds in the Small Cap Blend style. See a recap of ourQ418 Style Ratings here.

Figures 1 and 2 show the five best and worst rated ETFs and mutual funds in the style. Not all Small Cap Blend style ETFs and mutual funds are created the same. The number of holdings varies widely (from 23 to 3279). This variation creates drastically different investment implications and, therefore, ratings.

Investors seeking exposure to the Small Cap Blend style should buy one of the Attractive-or-better rated ETFs or mutual funds from Figures 1 and 2.

OurRobo-Analyst technology[1]empowers our uniqueETF and mutual fund rating methodology, which leverages our rigorous analysis of each funds holdings.[2]We think advisors and investors focused on prudent investment decisions should include analysis of fund holdings in their research process for ETFs and mutual funds.

Figure 1: ETFs with the Best & Worst Ratings – Top 5

* Best ETFs exclude ETFs with TNA less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Figure 2: Mutual Funds with the Best & Worst Ratings – Top 5

* Best mutual funds exclude funds with TNA less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Walden Small Cap Fund (WASOX) is excluded from Figure 2 because its total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums.

WisdomTree US SmallCap Earnings ETF (EES) is the top-rated Small Cap Blend ETF and Fuller & Thaler Behavioral Small Cap Equity Fund (FTHFX) is the top-rated Small Cap Blend mutual fund. Both earn an Attractive rating.

Invesco Russell 2000 Equal Weight ETF (EQWS) is the worst rated Small Cap Blend ETF and ProFunds Small Cap Svc (SLPSX) is the worst rated Small Cap Blend mutual fund. EQWS has an Unattractive rating and SLPSX has a Very Unattractive rating.

Buying a fund without analyzing its holdings is like buying a stock without analyzing its business and finances. Put another way, research on fund holdings is necessary due diligence because a funds performance is only as good as its holdings performance. Dont just take our word for it,see what Barrons sayson this matter.

Analyzing each holding within funds is no small task. Our Robo-Analyst technology enables us to perform this diligence with scale and provide the research needed to fulfill the fiduciary duty of care. More of the biggest names in the financial industry (seeAt BlackRock, Machines Are Rising Over Managers to Pick Stocks) are now embracing technology to leverage machines in the investment research process. Technology may be the only solution to the dual mandate for research: cut costs and fulfill the fiduciary duty of care. Investors, clients, advisors and analysts deserve the latest in technology to get the diligence required to make prudent investment decisions.

Figures 3 and 4 show the rating landscape of all Small Cap Blend ETFs and mutual funds.

Figure 3: Separating the Best ETFs from the Worst Funds

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

Figure 4: Separating the Best Mutual Funds from the Worst Funds

Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings

This article originally published onJanuary 28, 2019.

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