Written By: David Trainer The Large Cap Blend style ranks second out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in our 3Q18 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. Last quarter , the Large Cap Blend style ranked first. It gets our Attractive rating, which is based on an aggregation of ratings of 79 ETFs and 811 mutual funds in the Large Cap Blend style. See a recap of our 2Q18 Style Ratings here. Figures 1 and 2 show the five best and worst rated ETFs and mutual funds in the style. Not all Large Cap Blend style ETFs and mutual funds are created the same. The number of holdings varies widely (from 7 to 1510). This variation creates drastically different investment implications and, therefore, ratings.Investors seeking exposure to the Large Cap Blend style should buy one of the Attractive-or-better rated ETFs or mutual funds from Figures 1 and 2.Our Robo-Analyst technology  empowers our unique ETF and mutual fund rating methodology , which leverages our rigorous analysis of each fund’s holdings.  We think advisors and investors focused on prudent investment decisions should include analysis of fund holdings in their research process for ETFs and mutual funds.
Figure 1: ETFs with the Best & Worst Ratings – Top 5
* Best ETFs exclude ETFs with TNAs less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings
Figure 2: Mutual Funds with the Best & Worst Ratings – Top 5
* Best mutual funds exclude funds with TNAs less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filingsGotham Institutional Value Fund (GINVX) and Clarkston Select Fund (CIDDX) are excluded from Figure 2 because their total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums.IQ Chaikin U.S. Large Cap ETF (CLRG) is the top-rated Large Cap Blend ETF and GMO Quality Fund (GQLOX) is the top-rated Large Cap Blend mutual fund. Both earn a Very Attractive rating.Davis Select U.S. Equity ETF (DUSA) is the worst rated Large Cap Blend ETF and Footprints Discover Value Fund (DVALX) is the worst rated Large Cap Blend mutual fund. DUSA earns an Unattractive rating and DVALX earns a Very Unattractive rating.Related: The Most Important Chart To Explain Why Bears Lose Money
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to get the diligence required to make prudent investment decisions.Figures 3 and 4 show the rating landscape of all Large Cap Blend ETFs and mutual funds.
Figure 3: Separating the Best ETFs from the Worst Funds
Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings
Figure 4: Separating the Best Mutual Funds from the Worst Funds
Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings 
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