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February 26, 2019Inside ETFs: InvestmentNews EVENTS (1:58)
Ed Lopez
Ed Lopez
Head of ETF Product
Head of ETF Product Ed Lopez discusses Morningstar’s approach to moat investing and the process behind the VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (MOAT®).

Inside ETFs: InvestmentNews EVENTS

Moat investing is important because it helps you identify great companies. You buy them at a great price and over the long term that has proven to be a tried-and-true element of investing success. Find great companies, buy them at a great price. The one element to the moat ETF [VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (MOAT®)] is, with the Morningstar research, there's a process built into it as well. So that's the third step: being able to repeat that process over and over again in an unemotional way—and we've seen that since the index [Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM] has been launched in 2007, it's performed very well.

There is not only the process involved with it, but some of the other large-cap strategies that advisers might be using might be either just basic cap weight strategies, which are prone to biases in certain sectors. We saw tech become a pretty big sector in the index [S&P 500® Index] towards the end of 2018. MOAT by virtue of its process, and trying to identify companies that are undervalued relative to their peers, you end up with an almost kind of contrarian strategy and, you know, you're buying companies at a lower relative price that gives you a higher probability of success in the future.

We teamed up with Morningstar for this ETF in particular because of their great equity research. They have a hundred analysts covering 1,500 stocks globally. That's a huge team of people looking and monitoring these different stocks, evaluating them for their competitive advantage and applying their price-to-fair-value process. We think that is a strong competitive advantage in of itself for the ETF.

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