Blackrock bolsters smart beta lineup with five new etfs _ etf trends

BlackRock’s (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the world’s largest issuer of exchange traded funds, bolstered is smart beta lineup with the introduction of the iShares FactorSelect suite, which is comprised of five new exchange traded funds.

“iShares FactorSelect ETFs provide efficient access to a portfolio of stocks that seek to track MSCI benchmarks that combine four well-known investment factors: value, quality, momentum and size. Msci world index chart bloomberg The indices aim to maximize exposure to these four factors, while maintaining a similar level of risk to their respective broad market indexes.


Msci barra indices Investors can use the funds as a core strategic allocation tool to gain access to factors that have historically provided enhanced risk adjusted returns,” according to a statement issued by iShares.

The iShares FactorSelect MSCI USA ETF (NYSEArca: LRGF) tracks the MSCI USA Diversified Multi-Factor Index. Msci world returns Home to 131 stocks, the iShares FactorSelect MSCI USA ETF allocates almost 42% of its combined weight to the healthcare and financial services sectors. Msci world index graph Technology commands a weight of 16%. Msci global index monitor The new ETF does not allocate more than 2.84% to any of its components and charges 0.35% per year.

LRGF has a small-cap equivalent in the form of the iShares FactorSelect MSCI USA Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: SMLF), which is benchmarked to the MSCI USA Small Cap Diversified Multi-Factor Index. Msci news With 510 holdings, SMLF features a deeper bench than its large-cap counterpart.

The new smart beta small-cap offering devotes nearly two-thirds of its combined weight to financial services, technology and healthcare names. Msci germany etf No stock commands more than 1.39% of the new ETF’s weight. Msci world rendite SMLF charges 0.5% per year. Db x trackers msci world index ucits etf 1c [Small-Caps Enjoy Buyback Binge]

The iShares FactorSelect MSCI International ETF (NYSEArca: INTF) is “a portfolio of global developed market large- and mid-cap stocks (ex U.S.) based on an index that focuses on four well-known investment factors: value, quality, momentum, and low size,” according to iShares.

The new ETF, which is home to 324 stocks, is a developed market offering as each of its 16 country weights fit that designation. Msci international Over 42% of the fund’s weight goes to Japanese and British stocks with Switzerland being the only other country to command a double-digit weight. Msci world momentum index INTF charges 0.45% per year. Msci inc careers [Increased Appetite for International ETFs]

INTF has a small-cap counterpart in the form of the iShares FactorSelect MSCI Intl Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: ISCF). Db x trackers msci world index That new ETF follows the MSCI World exUSA SmallCap Diversified Multi-Factor Index. Msci nordic index ISCF holds almost 660 stocks and like INTF, its large-cap peer, ISCF is heavy on Japanese and British stocks as those countries combine for almost 52% of the new ETF’s weight. Msci world country weights ISCF carries an annual expense ratio of 0.6%. Msci eafe growth index [Embracing International Small-Cap ETFs]

The iShares FactorSelect MSCI Global ETF (NYSEArca: ACWF) benchmarks to the MSCI ACWI Diversified Multi-Factor Index. Msci world value As a global ETF, the iShares FactorSelect MSCI Global ETF features exposure 19 countries, including developed and emerging markets.