ETF Explainer: SPLV

A low volatility S&P 500 ETF essentially did its job for the past 12 months.

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell
Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF

Each month, we look at an ETF selected by based on its performance and importance to investors. This month, we consider the performance of the $12.5 billion Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF, which tracks a volatility-weighted index of the 100 least volatile stocks in the S&P 500. All the companies mentioned below are holdings in SPLV, unless otherwise noted (*).



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OCT 11 Ecolab is hit hard during a two-day decline in stocks triggered by trade tensions between China and the U.S.

DEC 24 The S&P 500 Index plunges 2.7% in the Christmas Eve trading session, ending up just 0.2% shy of entering bear territory.

FEB 14 Coca-Cola shares plunge on a weak forecast due to concerns about the global economic outlook, currency fluctuations and the uncertainty around tariffs and the impending Brexit.

MAY 29 The S&P 500 fell steeply, with 10 of 11 sectors seeing declines. Consumer staples and utilities were hit the hardest.

JUL 26 Republic Services exceeds earnings expectations for the second quarter, marking four consecutive quarters of earnings surprises.

AUG 5 The S&P 500 has its largest single-day loss since December, as China allows the yuan to fall to its lowest level relative to the dollar in more than a decade due to the ongoing trade war.

Source: Bloomberg. Data for 08/31/2018 to 08/31/2019.

Heather Bell is a former managing editor of She has also held editorial positions at Dow Jones Indexes and Lehman Brothers. Bell is a graduate of Dartmouth college and resides in the Denver area with her two dogs.