Investment Products and Service Launches

Franklin Templeton launches strategic beta ETFs and Vanguard reduces expense ratios on more funds.

By Javier Simon | May 04, 2017
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Franklin Templeton Launches Strategic Beta ETFs 

Franklin Templeton Investments has added three new strategic beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to its Franklin LibertyShares lineup. With these additions, the firm’s LibertyQ strategic beta ETF suite now includes U.S. equity-focused products investing in companies with favorable exposure to four investment style factors: quality, value, momentum and low volatility.

The funds include the Franklin LibertyQ U.S. Equity ETF, which tracks an index generally including U.S. mid- and large-capitalization companies.Topping off the list are The Franklin LibertyQ U.S. Mid Cap Equity ETF the Franklin LibertyQ U.S. Small Cap Equity ETF.

“Our new U.S. equity strategic beta ETFs reflect our ongoing commitment to investors, by developing best-in-class offerings that seek to achieve better risk-adjusted returns over the long term,” says Patrick O’Connor, global head of ETFs at Franklin Templeton Investments.Leveraging our firm’s 70 years of active management experience, our quantitative approach targets specific factors for consistent sources of return. In our proprietary approach, we place an emphasis on the ‘quality’ factor.”

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