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Northern Trust unveils first FlexShares ETFs in Europe

Mar 1st, 2021 | By
Northern Trust FlexShaes

Northern Trust Asset Management has launched its first FlexShares ETFs in Europe, debuting with a pair of ESG equity factor strategies listed on LSE and Euronext Amsterdam.


Dividend quality in action

Jul 21st, 2020 | By
Chris Huemmer, Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Strategist for FlexShares ETFs.

By Chris Huemmer, Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Strategist for FlexShares ETFs.

Since the beginning of March 2020, dividend payments have been slashed as companies are faced with a combination of sharply declining revenues and regulatory restrictions.


FlexShares upgrades US corporate bond ETFs with new factor indices

May 1st, 2020 | By
Darek Wojnar, Head of Funds and Managed Accounts at Northern Trust Asset Management

Northern Trust’s FlexShares has announced changes to two ETFs providing exposure to US corporate bonds with the adoption of new indices that tilt towards quality and value factors. Darek Wojnar, Head of Funds and Managed Accounts at Northern Trust Asset Management, commented, “In this low-yielding market environment, income generation and capital appreciation are critical for today’s investors. We believe these needs can be most effectively met by prioritizing quality and value.”


Benefits of real assets ETFs in a diversified portfolio

Jan 2nd, 2020 | By
Michael Natale, Head of Intermediary Distribution at FlexShares.

By Michael Natale, Head of Intermediary Distribution at FlexShares.

We believe that real assets – defined as real estate, infrastructure and natural resources – should be an essential element of any diversified portfolio.


FlexShares blends quality with low volatility in new equity ETFs

Jul 17th, 2019 | By
Christopher Huemmer, Senior Investment Strategist at FlexShares.

Northern Trust’s FlexShares has expanded its line-up of factor-based ETFs with the launch of three funds that combine quality with low volatility. Listed on NYSE Arca, the ETFs track proprietary indices that provide exposure to US, international developed, and emerging market equities. Christopher Huemmer, Senior Investment Strategist at FlexShares, said, “Existing low volatility strategies often rely exclusively on historical return data and fail to account for future price fluctuations and unintended risks. Our quality-focused approach addresses these flaws in an effort to provide a more efficient means of accessing the low volatility factor.”


The advantages of an integrated approach to ESG

Jun 4th, 2019 | By
Chris Huemmer, Senior Investment Strategist at FlexShares ETFs.

By Chris Huemmer, Senior Investment Strategist at FlexShares ETFs.

While there’s been a clear uptick in ESG ETF interest, there remains a lack of consensus as to how to define or apply ESG criteria and, as such, ETFs that focus on ESG take a variety of different approaches.


FlexShares launches value-tilted high-yield bond ETF

Jul 19th, 2018 | By
Mark Carlson, senior investment strategist at FlexShares

Northern Trust’s FlexShares has expanded its fixed income lineup with the launch of the FlexShares High Yield Value-Scored Bond Index Fund (HYGV US) on NYSE Arca. “Our new value-scored high-yield fund offers investors an innovative approach to income generation by focusing on maximizing the value factor to enhance total return potential,” said Mark Carlson, senior investment strategist at FlexShares.


Arrow Funds introduces active fixed income ETF

Apr 6th, 2017 | By
Optimizing intermediate cash investments in a low-yield environment

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.