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Should Janus Henderson Small/Mid Cap Growth Alpha ETF (JSMD) Be on Your Investing Radar?

Looking for broad exposure to the Small Cap Growth segment of the US equity market? You should consider the Janus Henderson Small/Mid Cap Growth Alpha ETF (JSMD), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 02/23/2016.

The fund is sponsored by Janus Henderson. It has amassed assets over $334.13 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the Small Cap Growth segment of the US equity market.

Why Small Cap Growth

Sitting at a market capitalization below $2 billion, small cap companies tend to be high-potential stocks compared to its large and mid cap counterparts, but come with higher risk.


Growth stocks have higher than average sales and earnings growth rates. While these are expected to grow faster than the broader market, they also have higher valuations. Additionally, growth stocks have a greater level of risk associated with them. Compared to value stocks, growth stocks are a safer bet in a strong bull market, but don't perform as strongly in almost all other financial environments.


Cost is an important factor in selecting the right ETF, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts if all other fundamentals are the same.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.30%, putting it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 0.43%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

While ETFs offer diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk, a deep look into a fund's holdings is a valuable exercise. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

This ETF has heaviest allocation to the Industrials sector--about 25.30% of the portfolio. Information Technology and Healthcare round out the top three.

Looking at individual holdings, Dell Technologies Inc Class C (DELL) accounts for about 3.25% of total assets, followed by Medpace Holdings Inc (MEDP) and Westlake Corporation (WLK).

The top 10 holdings account for about 27.18% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

JSMD seeks to match the performance of the Janus Small/Mid Cap Growth Alpha Index before fees and expenses. The Janus Henderson Small/Mid Cap Growth Alpha Index selects small- and medium-sized capitalization stocks that are poised for smart growth by evaluating each company performance in three critical areas: growth, profitability, and capital efficiency.

The ETF has added roughly 2.76% so far this year and it's up approximately 18.99% in the last one year (as of 02/29/2024). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $53.24 and $67.86.

The ETF has a beta of 1.15 and standard deviation of 23.31% for the trailing three-year period. With about 244 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.


Janus Henderson Small/Mid Cap Growth Alpha ETF carries a Zacks ETF Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Thus, JSMD is a reasonable option for those seeking exposure to the Style Box - Small Cap Growth area of the market. Investors might also want to consider some other ETF options in the space.

The iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF (IWO) and the Vanguard Small-Cap Growth ETF (VBK) track a similar index. While iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF has $11.29 billion in assets, Vanguard Small-Cap Growth ETF has $16.23 billion. IWO has an expense ratio of 0.24% and VBK charges 0.07%.


An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.

To learn more about this product and other ETFs, screen for products that match your investment objectives and read articles on latest developments in the ETF investing universe, please visit Zacks ETF Center.

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Janus Henderson Small/Mid Cap Growth Alpha ETF (JSMD): ETF Research Reports

Westlake Corp. (WLK) : Free Stock Analysis Report

Dell Technologies Inc. (DELL) : Free Stock Analysis Report

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Medpace Holdings, Inc. (MEDP) : Free Stock Analysis Report

Vanguard Small-Cap Growth ETF (VBK): ETF Research Reports

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