Index In Focus: Dorsey Wright Focus Five Index

Index In Focus: Dorsey Wright Focus Five Index By: Dave Gedeon
on 5/12/2015

The Dorsey Wright Focus Five Index launched in February 2014 and over the past year has outperformed the US markets by 13% on a price return basis. The Focus Five methodology is rooted in selecting the five highest ranked sector ETFs from First Trust’s ETF line-up based on the Dorsey Wright proprietary relative strength model. Relative strength is a momentum technique that relies on unbiased, unemotional and objective data, rather than biased forecasting and subjective research.


At its core, Focus Five is the embodiment of a sector rotation strategy and offers a broad market experience but enhances returns by only tracking the best performing sectors on a relative strength basis. Currently the sector rotation strategy is in Biotechnology, Internet, Consumer Staples, Health Care, and Consumer Discretion. It is clear that the market leader sectors are those focused on the individual – between consumer sectors and health care – and the individual has been a driving force on the market’s returns.

Focus Five has also generated this outperformance without generating significantly higher volatility than the broad market. The information ratio is a high 0.75 and the risk-adjusted return is significantly higher than the broad market.



March 2014 marked the one-year anniversary for the associated ETF, the First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (FV).


Which five ETFs do you think should come into focus next?


*Source: Nasdaq as of May 8, 2015


The information contained above is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice, either on behalf of a particular security or an overall investment strategy. Neither Nasdaq nor any of its affiliates makes any recommendation to buy or sell any security or any representation about the financial condition of any company. Statements regarding Nasdaq-listed companies or Nasdaq proprietary indexes are not guarantees of future performance. The performance numbers above reflect the performance of an index. Indexes are not available for direct investment and do not contain fees. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Potential for profits is accompanied by possibility of loss. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Investors should undertake their own due diligence and carefully evaluate companies before investing. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

NASDAQ® and NASDAQ® are registered trademarks of The NASDAQ Group, Inc. The information contained above is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice, either on behalf of a particular security or an overall investment strategy. Neither The NASDAQ Group, Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any recommendation to buy or sell any security or any representation about the financial condition of any company. Statements regarding NASDAQ-listed companies or NASDAQ proprietary indexes are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investors should undertake their own due diligence and carefully evaluate companies before investing. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

© 2015. The NASDAQ Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Loading...
Account Sign In