While the U.S. markets continue their bull run to baffle even the best investors on Wall Street, the ETF market has started to take off in the last two weeks, with a number of new funds entering the space. After the slow down of new funds since mid-January, the solid economic data being released from around the world has helped issuers recognize that now is a great time for new funds. For some institutions its their first time venturing into the industry, while others are just adding to their army, as both Vanguard and IndexIQ have filed interesting proposals with the SEC [see ETF Database Launch Center].
California-based mutual fund firm, Franklin Templeton has filed for their very first ETF to meet the growing needs of their investors:
- Franklin Short Duration Government ETF: This actively-managed ETF will own U.S.-issued debt, ranging from Treasuries to mortgage-backed securities to create a shorter duration portfolio of bonds. Focusing on shorter duration bonds could prove to be a very popular investment theory, as many investors are starting to hedge their funds against the eventual rise in U.S. interest rates [7 Articles ETF Investors Must Read].
IndexIQ has laid the groundwork for two new domestic equity ETFs focused on driving growth and innovation:
- IQ Fastest Growing Companies ETF: This ETF will invest in 50 quickly growing U.S. companies, to be determined by a number of factors including sales, net income, cash flow growth and total return. This strategic exposure to companies that not only currently have high growth indicators but also have featured high returns in the past, may interest investors who are looking for a bit of a riskier play on the U.S. equities market [Which S&P ETF Style Is Right For You].
- IQ Innovation Leaders ETF: Using a rule-based proprietary benchmark, this ETF is intended to invest in 100 companies that are seen as innovative based on their sales growth, research and development of assets and expenses, along with retained earnings growth. Another requirement of inclusion, these growing firms need to have a market cap of at least $300 and be a U.S. firm.
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