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Arrow Funds introduces active fixed income ETF

Apr 6th, 2017 | By
S&P DJI reports over $1tn in ETP assets linked to its indices

Arrow Funds has launched the Arrow Reserve Capital Management ETF (ARCM) on the Bats Global Markets Exchange. The actively managed ultra-short term fixed income portfolio seeks capital preservation with maximum income, offering investors an alternative to traditional money market funds and bank deposits.



ETF growth being powered by three key trends, says Northern Trust’s FlexShares

Feb 23rd, 2017 | By
Shundrawn Thomas, Head of FlexShares ETFs at Northern Trust

FlexShares has reported a 55% growth in ETF assets during 2016, significantly above the 20% rate of growth recorded across the entire US ETF industry, according to Morningstar figures. Shundrawn Thomas, Head of FlexShares ETFs at Northern Trust, notes demand for ETFs are being driven by three key trends: regulatory change, keen interest from institutional investors and the increasing use of ETFs within multi-asset class strategies.



Northern Trust unveils industry-first sustainable real estate index

Feb 1st, 2017 | By
Northern Trust unveils sustainable real estate index

Northern Trust Asset Management has launched a unique sustainable real estate index tracking the performance of developed market real estate investment trusts (REITs) with strong responsible investment characteristics. According to GRESB, property ESG analyst and co-creator of the index, the global property sector is at the heart of the most important and far-reaching issues of our time, including urbanization, demographic change, resource constraints, environmental impacts and emerging technologies.



Northern Trust reduces fees for six FlexShares ETFs

Oct 25th, 2016 | By
Northern Trust reduces fees for six FlexShares ETFs

Northern Trust has reduced the maximum annual management fee on six of its FlexShares ETFs, including five funds which provide factor-tilted (low size and value) exposures to US, international, or emerging market portfolios. The sixth ETF to have its fees reduced invests in global upstream natural resources companies. Shundrawn Thomas, Head of Northern Trust’s Funds and Managed Accounts Group, commented: “The reduction of management fees for certain FlexShares ETFs reflects the ongoing commitment to our value proposition.”



FlexShares launches ESG global and US equity ETFs

Jul 28th, 2016 | By
Solactive launches global ethical low volatility index

Northern Trust’s exchange-traded fund division FlexShares has introduced two new funds that target the equities of firms listed in the US or globally with high environmental, social and corporate governance scores. The FlexShares STOXX US ESG Impact Index Fund (NASDAQ: ESG) and FlexShares STOXX Global ESG Impact Index Fund (NASDAQ: ESGG) seek to provide enhanced risk-adjusted returns by reducing portfolio exposure to specific stocks with operational risks associated with poor ESG scores.



FlexShares offers real asset exposure with new ETF launch

Dec 1st, 2015 | By
FlexShares introduces volatility-adjusted US dividend ETFs

FlexShares, the exchange-traded fund arm of Northern Trust, has unveiled their latest fund offering, the FlexShares Real Asset Allocation Index Fund (Nasdaq: ASET). The ETF invests in three FlexShares ETFs that together provide exposure to equities focused on real assets: infrastructure, real estate and natural resources. Real assets have historically provided investors with an inflation hedge while also supplying a regular income stream especially through exposure to real estate investment trusts.



FlexShares introduces currency-hedged versions of factor-tilting smart beta ETFs

Nov 11th, 2015 | By
Northern Trust reduces fees for six FlexShares ETFs

FlexShares, the exchange-traded fund arm of Northern Trust, has introduced currency-hedged versions of two existing smart beta ETFs. The ETFs provide dollar-hedged exposure to either developed or emerging markets stocks, with the portfolio tilted towards size and value factors. Shundrawn A. Thomas, Head of Northern Trust’s Funds and Managed Accounts Group, commented: “Our research shows that employing a tilted approach to capturing size and value factors potentially adds value to global equity strategies.”



FlexShares introduces credit-scored US corporate bond ETF

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
UBS broadens range of fixed income ETFs with new medium duration offering

FlexShares, the exchange-traded funds arm of Northern Trust, has introduced the FlexShares Credit-Scored US Long Corporate Bond Index Fund (LKOR) offering exposure to long-maturity US corporate bonds complemented by a credit evaluation process. The strategy is designed to provide investors with the yield benefits of longer maturity (10+ years) investment grade corporate bonds, while offering a method of capital protection through credit evaluation and improved liquidity. “The FlexShares Credit-Scored US Long Corporate Bond Index Fund provides investors with a contemporary approach to optimising credit risk, with improved transparency and liquidity relative to legacy corporate bond benchmarks,” said Shundrawn Thomas, head of Northern Trust’s Funds and Managed Accounts Group.



Northern Trust’s FlexShares introduces US quality large-cap ETF

Sep 25th, 2015 | By
Northern Trust reduces fees for six FlexShares ETFs

FlexShares, the exchange-traded funds brand of Northern Trust, has introduced the FlexShares US Quality Large Cap Index Fund (QLC), a multi-factor smart beta ETF investing in US large-cap equities that exhibit discernible quality, value and momentum characteristics. The ETF is designed to outperform the broader US large-cap universe through factor tilts that have historically provided excess returns over market-cap weighted indices. “The FlexShares Quality Large Cap Index fund offers targeted exposure to value and momentum factors providing investors with an efficient multi-factor core equity portfolio holding,” said Shundrawn Thomas, head of Northern Trust’s Funds and Managed Accounts Group.



FlexShares launches “quality” global real estate ETF

Nov 7th, 2013 | By
Nuveen launches US short-term REIT ETF

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