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Invesco Canada | October 4, 2018

The S&P 500 Equal Weight Index moves north

Investors seeking exposure to U.S. large cap stocks have many options, but often may not be aware of the concentration risk they may be taking on through an S&P 500-indexed ETF.

Because the underlying index is market-cap-weighted, an ETF tracking it will have a large overweight to a handful of very large companies. Conversely, the smallest companies in the index will have near-inconsequential weights.

One approach to mitigate this concentration risk is to break the link between market capitalization and portfolio weighting. An equal-weight index is seeking  to do that, by providing an investor with a more balanced approach to the companies that make up the S&P 500.

In fact, the S&P 500 Equal Weight Index has a well-established track record of outperformance versus the cap-weighted S&P 500 Index1. It also serves as the underlying index for Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Index ETF (EQL), which we launched in May of this year.

I recently discussed the merits of equal-weighting the S&P 500 with James Garcelon, Executive Vice-President at Shaunessy Investment Counsel, and Randall O’Leary from S&P Dow Jones Indices.


Click here to watch the interview with Christopher Doll.













Learn more about Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Index ETF (EQL)

1 Sources: Based on the performance of the S&P 500 Equal Weight Index’s over January 8, 2003 (inception) to April 30, 2018.

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