Smart-Beta ETF Overview

Smart beta has emerged as one of the most exciting and hotly debated investment trends of the past 10 years. Going by many different names (strategic beta, fundamental indexing, factor investing and more), smart beta is a catchall term for rules-based strategies that aim to deliver better risk-adjusted returns than traditional market-cap-weighted indexes. Today there are hundreds of ETFs, and, if you count institutional assets, hundreds of billions of dollars benchmarked against smart-beta indexes.

Smart-Beta ETF University

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Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: Franklin Debuts 3 Multifactor Funds

The new ETFs cover different slices of the U.S. equity market.

Features and News

Research Affiliates: The Incredible Shrinking Factor Return

Managers who favor high factor loadings on market beta, value or momentum generally don't derive as much incremental return as theoretical factor return histories would suggest.

Daily Hot Reads

Wednesday Hot Reads: This Goldman ETF Keeps Growing

Also, this ETF saw its possible yield plunge overnight.

Daily Hot Reads

Tuesday Hot Reads: Cheapest ETFs Not Always The Best

Also, aggressive Fed rate hikes could put junk bond ETFs in danger.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: First Trust Plans Dividend Family

The six ETFs will target dividend-paying stocks.

Daily ETF Flows

SPY Tops Inflows, DIA Leads Outflows

Friday's creations were led by SPY, while the Dow Jones industrial average led the redemptions.

Features and News

3 Views On Best Way To Own Int'l Equities

Strategists offer their approaches and favorite ETF picks among international equity funds.

Daily Hot Reads

Thursday Hot Reads: Who Is Buying ETFs? Mutual Funds

Also, mutual funds are increasingly investing in ETFs, while Goldman warns of a possible government shutdown.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: Legg Mason Plans Small Cap Fund

Proposed ETF will target small-cap stocks with quality exposure.