The IPO industry is back on fire and investors are when once more falling more than every other attempting to get a piece of the newest publicly traded corporations. The current initial public supplying of Lyft (LYFT) is a excellent instance of why investors truly ought to stay away from finding caught up in the hype of a massive IPO. To see why all you need to have to do is appear at the stock chart of Lyft and see how it has fallen following its remarkable ‘pop’ on its initial day of trading.

The stock has a higher of $88.60 per share, but is at present trading under the $60 per share variety and has fallen as low as $54 per share. Lyft is not the only instance of this flawed IPO approach. Facebook (FB), Snap (SNAP), Blue Apron (APRN), DropBox (DBX) are just a couple of of the other larger name IPOs that have had lots of hype surrounding them and good jumps on the initial days of trading but quickly fell out of favor with investors. With Facebook, when it may possibly have taken some time to get traction, the stock did come back from its post IPO fall and has performed effectively for investors, but the other folks have however to do so.

The challenge with heavily hyped IPOs is that the corporations hardly ever reside up to the hype and the stock quickly falls under IPO costs as investors comprehend development and actual fundamentals of these corporations do not match the pre-IPO hype.

Now, this is not to say that all IPOs are failures. Roku (ROKU), DocuSign, (DOCU), BJ’s Wholesale Club (BJ) are all examples of current IPOs that are trading greater than their initial public supplying cost and have rewarded shareholders.

So, you may possibly be asking yourself how you filter out the IPO winners and loser?

Effectively, that would undoubtedly be a great query, but the answer is that it is incredibly tricky to predict which IPOs will be winners and which will be losers. Let’s be truthful if we could accurately predict this, we would all be millionaire’s by now, which we are not at least I am not. So, alternatively of rolling the dice with person IPOs why not get into the complete IPO technique with 1 straightforward obtain of an IPO focused Exchange Traded Fund.

IPO ETFs get lately IPO’d stocks a couple of days following they go public and then hold them for specified time periods. This provides you access to IPOs devoid of possessing to do the investigation and make the selection on which ones are going to rise and fall days or weeks following going public.

The biggest of the IPO ETFs is the Very first Trust U.S. Equity Possibilities ETF (FPX) which holds the 100 biggest US firms with current IPOs, weighted by industry cap. FPX holds these corporations for their initial 1,000 trading days following becoming purchased following the close of their sixth trading day. This makes it possible for the fund to miss any massive drops in the days following the IPO and release massive moves greater as the organization performs by means of the increasing pains of its initial couple of years of becoming a public organization. FPX has an expense ratio of .59% and $1.14 billion in assets beneath management. The fund has been in existence considering that 2006 and has performed rather effectively more than the years with an annualized 10-year return of 18.96%, not to mention the fund is up 23.four% year-to-date.

A different equivalent choice is the Renaissance IPO ETF (IPO) which tracks a industry cap weighted index of current US-listed IPOs. The fund purchases inside 90 days of a new IPO and sells following the stock has been trading for two years. IPO only has $40 million in assets beneath management and charges .60%, but is up 35% year-to-date and only 9% annualized more than the final five years.

A different choice is the Invesco S&P Spin-Off ETF (CSD) which invests in huge- and mid-cap US stocks that have been split off from a bigger organization. CSD pulls from a broader index than just the S&P 500 but has a minimum size requirement of $1 billion or far more. It has an expense ratio of .64%, $148 million in assets beneath management and at present, has 31 holdings with an typical industry cap of $22 billion. Year-to-date the fund is up 23%, when becoming down .23% more than the previous year and has a 10-year annualized return of 15.9%, in spite of its five-year annualized return of just four.eight%.

Lastly, we have an international choice, the Very first Trust International Equity Possibilities ETF (FPXI). FPXI tracks a industry-cap-weighted index of the 50 biggest international IPOs through their initial 1,000 trading days. At the moment, the fund holds just 33 positions, charges .70% and only has $22 million in assets beneath management. Nonetheless, the fund is up 15% year-to-date and is up 11.79% annualized more than the final three years. It has 26% invested in Hong Kong-primarily based corporations, 16% in Chinese firms with 31% in financials and 16% in technologies corporations.

As you can see, the IPO industry can be lucrative if you do not get caught up in the hype of the subsequent massive-name public organization and attempt to cherry-choose the winners and losers. By just routinely get into new listings and holding them for a couple of years these some of these ETFs have performed incredibly effectively for investors, a thing to retain in thoughts ahead of you contact your broker and beg for shares of UBER.

Matt Thalman
INO.com Contributor – ETFs
Comply with me on Twitter @mthalman5513

Disclosure: This contributor held positions in owned shares of Facebook and DocuSign at the time this weblog post was published. This short article is the opinion of the contributor themselves. The above is a matter of opinion offered for basic information and facts purposes only and is not intended as investment tips. This contributor is not getting compensation (other than from INO.com) for their opinion.