FlexShares launches “quality” global real estate ETF

Nov 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Alternatives / Multi-Asset

FlexShares, the exchange-traded funds business of Northern Trust, has launched a new ETF providing actively enhanced exposure to global real estate securities.

FlexShares launches “quality” global real estate ETF

FlexShares launches “quality” global real estate ETF

Listed on the NYSE Arca, the FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index ETF (GQRE) attempts to outperform traditional real estate indices via global exposure to listed, non-mortgage real estate investment trusts and operating companies that emphasize stable, long-term capital growth at an attractive price.

Linked to the Northern Trust Global Quality Real Estate Index, the fund employs Northern Trust’s Quality Score, a proprietary quantitative methodology that uses fundamental data to evaluate the strength of a company’s financial health and growth prospects.

The Quality Score index, similar to the methodology used in FlexShares’ Quality Dividend product suite, incorporates factors of management efficiency, profitability and cash flow.

The fund strives to outperform legacy real estate indices in upward and downward trending markets -during central bank tightening and easing cycles. It uses a combination of current and historical valuation metrics that include a momentum factor to try to avoid value traps.

Commenting on the launch, Shundrawn Thomas, head of Northern Trust’s FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds Group, said: “Research shows that a high-quality, value-focused portfolio of real estate securities may offer attractive returns with less volatility compared to traditional capitalization-weighted global real estate indices. GQRE provides investors a disciplined approach for investing in global real estate equities.”

The fund has a net expense ratio of 0.45%.

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