Kol Estreicher, Regional Vice President, ETF Investment Specialist at VanEck joined Keith Black, Managing Director, RIA Channel to discuss the investment strategy behind Wide Moat ETF (MOAT) and recently launched SMID Moat ETF (SMOT).
The VanEck Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (MOAT) seeks companies with sustainable competitive advantages or “moats” at attractive valuations. The underlying index, driven by by Morningstar’s rigorous equity research team, aims to identify companies with long-term moats such as intangible asset value, opportunity costs, the networking effect, cost advantage and efficient scale relative to the competition. MOAT’s portfolio includes roughly 40 stocks with a wide moat rating at attractive valuations and is rebalanced quarterly. While companies with wide moats tend to skew large cap, The VanEck Morningstar SMID Moat ETF (SMOT) aims to capture the small and mid cap moat companies that are not represented in the wide moat index.
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