Equal weight is considered by many to be one of the oldest and most time-tested approaches to reduce portfolio concentration and enhance diversification. But how have equal weighted approaches stacked up relative to traditional market cap weighted approaches for long-term risk-adjusted performance? Quite well, in fact, according to new research from FTSE Russell.
In a new research paper—Russell 1000 Equity Weight Index: Equal weighting refined—the global index provider explores the key difference of equal weighting versus cap-weighting by comparing the Russell 1000 Equal Weight Index to the Russell 1000® Index over the past 17 years, examining equal weighting as a method for downside protection in times of market crises and lower relative volatility. The paper compares risk and volatility for both indexes over time.
Rolf Agather, managing director, North America research, FTSE Russell:
“One of the earliest generation smart beta index approaches, equal weighting has historically been an effective method over time to reduce concentration risk while enhancing diversification. The regular re-weighting mechanism employed by the index helps reduce price risk of index constituents over time. The Russell 1000 Equal Weight Index goes a step further by first assigning equal weights to each economic sector and then equal weighting stocks within each sector.”
John Feyerer, senior director equity ETF strategy, Invesco:
“Like any well-diversified strategy, an equally weighted approach can serve as an effective counterbalance over time to a capitalization weighted approach. Innovations in recent years in index-based investment options have given investors more tools to help manage portfolio risk, enhance portfolio diversification and potentially enhance long-term portfolio performance.”
For more information on the Russell Equal Weight Indexes, go to the FTSE Russell website.
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