ASX: MVW Equal Weight's stand out performance in May


 A brief note to highlight the VanEck Vectors Australian Equal Weight ETF (MVW) May strong performance.

For Australian investors the well-known trading adage “sell in May and go away” seemed right on the money with the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index down 2.75%. As a consequence of the surprise bank levy in the federal budget all big four banks fell significantly in May dragging down the market. 

Relative to the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index, VanEck Vectors Australian Equal Weight ETF (ASX:MVW):

•           reduces banks’ exposure by ~23%;

•           reduces ASX top 10 exposure by ~35%;

In May MVW only fell 0.19%, an excess return of 2.57% compared to the market index.  Since its launch in 2014, MVW has outperformed the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index by an average of 4.36% per annum.

In the highly concentrated Australian equities market, equally weighting a portfolio delivers investors significantly improved diversification by reducing stock and sector concentration, resulting in superior investment outcomes compared to tracking a market capitalisation weighted index.  Concentration risk inherent in the Australian market was emphasised in May when the market reacted to the bank levy.

Stock attribution

In May, all big four banks were down.  ANZ was the worst performer of the big four falling 12.22% for the month.  Westpac fell 10.38%, CBA fell 8.87% and NAB fell 8.63%.  Being underweight these four stocks added 1.77% to MVW’s performance relative to the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index.   An overweight position to Qantas and Iluka Resources also contributed to relative performance.

An overweight exposure, relative to the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index, to Mayne Pharmaceutical was the biggest detractor from performance.  Its share price was down 19.33% due to an earnings downgrade which was the result of tougher generic drug pricing in the US.  Mayne detracted 0.18% from relative performance.  Underweight positions to BHP and Telstra also detracted from relative performance in May.  

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Published: 09 August 2018