QDEF

FlexShares Quality Dividend Defensive Index Fund
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QDEF Fund Description

The FlexShares Quality Dividend Defensive fund tracks an index of companies with higher dividend yields and lower betas chosen from the Northern Trust 1250 Index.

QDEF Factset Analytics Insight

QDEF approaches the Total Market segment with a high-dividend/low-volatility strategy. The fund attempts to build a portfolio of high-quality, low-beta companies with relatively high dividend yields by selecting and weighting firms based on management efficiency, dividend policy, profitability, and cash flow. The portfolio is therefore a significant departure from our market-cap-weighted benchmark, and risk tends to be lower. QDEF overweights defensive sectors and delivers higher yield. QDEF enjoys middling liquidity at the retail level, while underlying liquidity is excellent for block trades. While QDEF's fee isn't cheap, it is reasonable considering the fund's niche exposure, though it tends to lag its index by considerably more than its fee, raising holding costs further.

QDEF MSCI ESG Analytics Insight

The MSCI ESG Fund Quality Score measures the ability of ETF underlying holdings to manage key medium to long-term risks and opportunities arising from environmental, social, and governance factors, as determined by MSCI ESG Research LLC. As of October 17, 2018 the FlexShares Quality Dividend Defensive Index Fund MSCI ESG Fund Quality Score is 4.93 out of 10.

The fund’s Peer Rank reflects the ranking of a fund’s MSCI ESG Fund Quality Score against the scores of other funds within the same peer group, as defined by the Thomson Reuters Lipper Global Classification. QDEF ranks in the 23th percentile within its peer group and in the 28th percentile within the global universe of all funds in MSCI ESG Fund Metrics coverage.

QDEF CHARTS AND PERFORMANCE

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PERFORMANCE [as of 10/17/18] 1 MONTH 3 MONTHS YTD 1 YEAR 3 YEARS 5 YEARS 10 YEARS
QDEF -2.91% 0.23% 4.65% 10.78% 11.77% 11.14% --
QDEF (NAV) -2.85% 0.43% 4.85% 10.80% 11.82% 11.08% --
Northern Trust Quality Dividend Defensive (TR) -2.60% 0.87% 5.82% 11.86% 12.53% 11.76% --
MSCI USA IMI -3.19% -0.43% 6.34% 11.39% 13.43% 11.94% 14.20%
All returns over 1 year are annualized. All returns are total returns unless otherwise stated.

QDEF Top 10 Countries

QDEF Top 10 Sectors

QDEF Top 10 Holdings [View All]

QDEF Summary Data

FlexShares
12/14/12
Open-Ended Fund
0.37%
$325.12M
$630.91K
0.06%

QDEF Portfolio Data

$167.78B
19.48
3.47
2.72%
12/21/18
166

QDEF Index Data

Northern Trust Quality Dividend Defensive (TR)
Multi-Factor
Proprietary
MSCI USA IMI

QDEF Portfolio Management

0.37%
-0.55%
-0.15%
-1.05%

QDEF Tax Exposures

20.00% / 39.60%
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Qualified dividends
No

QDEF Fund Structure

Open-Ended Fund
No
Yes
No Policy
N/A
N/A
Low
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QDEF Factset Analytics Block Liquidity

As of 10/18/18
5
4
3
2
1

This measurement shows how easy it is to trade a $1 million USD block of QDEF. QDEF is rated a 5 out of 5.

QDEF Tradability

13,519
$630.91K
9,101
$411.46K
0.06%
$0.03
0.00%
1.50% / -0.40%
None
100.00%
50,000
0.18
0.03%
0.01%
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$45.37
5

QDEF Sector/Industry Breakdown


QDEF
Segment Benchmark
22.47%
24.66%
16.50%
17.08%
12.35%
12.99%
11.78%
13.43%
9.60%
10.42%
9.46%
6.52%
8.76%
5.50%
5.26%
2.76%
2.74%
1.80%
1.00%
2.45%

QDEF TOP 10 HOLDINGS[View All]

Apple Inc. 3.32%
27.87%

QDEF Countries


QDEF
Segment Benchmark
100.00%
99.93%
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0.07%

QDEF Regions


QDEF
Segment Benchmark
100.00%
100.00%

QDEF Economic Development


QDEF
Segment Benchmark
100.00%
100.00%

QDEF Performance Statistics

0.92
0.87
0.84
0.92
0.23%
MSCI USA IMI

QDEF MSCI ESG Ratings

4.93 / 10
22.66
27.88
10.58%
5.29%
281.47

QDEF BENCHMARK COMPARISON HOLDINGS

166
2400
163
31.59%

QDEF BENCHMARK COMPARISON SUMMARY


QDEF
Segment Benchmark
166
2400
$167.78B
$203.89B
19.48
25.56
3.47
3.34
2.89%
1.71%
Low
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QDEF BENCHMARK COMPARISON MARKET CAP SIZE


QDEF
Segment Benchmark
77.23%
81.28%
22.68%
14.31%
0.09%
4.15%
0.00%
0.26%