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15 important things you should know about ALPS SGDJ ETF

Updated: April 07, 2021
Bull Case
  • 3-year return above the benchmark
Bear Case
  • Low net assets
  • 5-year return below the benchmark

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Are you looking to buy or sell SGDJ? Or perhaps you’re looking for SGDJ fact sheet, and learn about its alternatives? If so, you came to the right place.

In this SGDJ ETF review, we’ll address key questions our readers have been asking us about this fund, above and beyond what you can find in its prospectus, and on Morningstar or Yahoo Finance.

Here is what you’ll be able to find in this review:

  • Fact Sheet: SGDJ performance, returns, expense ratio, holdings and dividend yield;
  • Analysis: SGDJ buy or sell; the pros and cons of investing in SGDJ ETF;
  • Alternatives: other ETFs and mutual funds you should consider as alternatives to SGDJ.

And here is the list of questions we’ll answer:

  1. Describe ALPS ETF Trust Sprott Junior Gold Miners ETF (SGDJ).
  2. What is SGDJ underlying index?
  3. What are SGDJ holdings?
  4. What is SGDJ performance? What are SGDJ historical returns?
  5. How many up and down years did SGDJ have historically?
  6. What is SGDJ dividend yield?
  7. What is SGDJ expense ratio?
  8. What is SGDJ tax efficiency (tax-cost ratio)?
  9. What is SGDJ beta? How would you assess SGDJ risk?
  10. What is SGDJ Sharpe ratio?
  11. What is SGDJ Finny Score? SGDJ buy or sell?
  12. What are the pros of investing in SGDJ? What are SGDJ buy reasons?
  13. What are the cons of investing in SGDJ? What are SGDJ sell reasons?
  14. Compare and contrast: SGDJ vs GDXJ.

So let’s start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Fact Sheet

1. Describe ALPS ETF Trust Sprott Junior Gold Miners ETF (SGDJ).

The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance of its underlying index, the Sprott Zacks Junior Gold Miners Index. The Underlying Index aims to track the performance of junior gold and junior silver mining companies whose stocks are traded on major U.S. or Canadian exchanges.

2. What is SGDJ underlying index?

Sprott Zacks Junior Gold Miners Index.

3. What are SGDJ top holdings?

SGDJ has 35 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 57.73% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Greatland Gold PLC GGP.L 8.83%
PT Aneka Tambang (Persero) Tbk ANTM 7.74%
K92 Mining Inc KNT.TO 6.62%
Hecla Mining Co HL 5.49%
Equinox Gold Corp EQX.TO 5.26%
Eldorado Gold Corp ELD.TO 5.19%
Dundee Precious Metals Inc DPM.TO 4.83%
Sabina Gold & Silver Corp SBB.TO 4.65%
Teranga Gold Corp TGZ.TO 4.61%
Victoria Gold Corp VGCX.TO 4.51%

4. What is SGDJ performance? What are SGDJ historical returns?

SGDJ has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is 1.16%;
  • 3-month return is -13.61%;
  • 1-year return is 72.17%;
  • 3-year return is 11.51%;
  • 5-year return is 9.63%.

5. How many up and down years did SGDJ have historically?

In the last 10 years, SGDJ had 4 up years and 1 down year.

SGDJ up and down years

6. What is SGDJ dividend yield?

SGDJ yield is 2.31%.

7. What is SGDJ expense ratio?

SGDJ expense ratio is 0.5%. The expense ratio of a fund is the total percentage of fund assets used for administrative, management, and all other expenses.

SGDJ expenses

8. What is SGDJ tax efficiency (tax-cost ratio)?

  • 1-year ax cost ratio is 0.81%;
  • 3-year ax cost ratio is 0.37%.
SGDJ tax costs

9. What is SGDJ beta? How would you assess SGDJ risk?

  • 3-year beta is 1.19;
  • 5-year beta is 1.12.
SGDJ Beta

10. What is SGDJ Sharpe ratio?

  • 3-year Sharpe ratio is 0.42;
  • 5-year Sharpe ratio is 0.35.
SGDJ Sharpe ratio

Analysis

11. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is N/A. Our quantitative analysis shows 1 reason to buy and 2 reasons to sell. Finny Scores are not available if there are insufficient data points from the analysis.

12. What are the pros of investing in SGDJ? What are SGDJ buy reasons?

The following are SGDJ strengths from our perspective:

  • SGDJ 3-year return is 11.51%, which is in line with the 3-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI NR USD), 12.01%.

13. What are the cons of investing in SGDJ? What are SGDJ negatives?

The following are SGDJ weaknesses from our perspective:

  • SGDJ net assets are $113.40 million. This fund is not a popular choice with retail investors.
  • SGDJ 5-year return is 9.63%, which is lower than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI NR USD), 13.59%.

Alternatives

14. Compare and contrast: SGDJ vs GDXJ.

Both SGDJ and GDXJ are ETFs. SGDJ has a lower 5-year return than GDXJ (9.63% vs 12.95%). SGDJ has a lower expense ratio than GDXJ (0.5% vs 0.53%). Below is the comparison between SGDJ and GDXJ.

SGDJ GDXJ
Segment Equity: Global Gold Miners Equity: Global Gold Miners
Net Assets $113.40M $4.98B
Expense Ratio 0.5% 0.53%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Sprott Zacks Junior Gold Miners Index MVIS Global Junior Gold Miners Index
YTD Return -14.92% -15.32%
1-Year Return 72.17% 42.5%
3-Year Return 11.51% 12.61%
5-Year Return 9.63% 12.95%
10-Year Return N/A -9.7%
Dividend Yield 2.31% 1.86%

GDXJ profile: The Fund seeks to replicate as closely as possible the price and yield of the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners Index. The Fund will normally invest at least 80% of its total assets in companies that are involved in the gold mining industry.

For further information, check out SGDJ vs GDXJ comparison details.

In the SGDJ review, we covered SGDJ key stats (return, performance, yield, expense ratio, and holdings), buy and sell analysis, and alternative investments. If this review was helpful to you, feel free to check out other mutual fund and ETF reviews.
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