Active Thematic ETFs Debut

Franklin Templeton delves into a new area.

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell

Today, Franklin Templeton launched a trio of ETFs that focus on different themes. The new funds are as follows:

The funds all come with expense ratios of 0.50% and list on Cboe Global Markets, the parent company of

While versions of these themes already exist, what makes Franklin’s approach unique is the fact that they are actively managed. Franklin Templeton is known as a primarily active shop, though it offers a lineup of low cost, plain vanilla indexed country ETFs.

BUYZ will focus mainly on the e-commerce space, from software to delivery. Meanwhile, HELX targets companies that look to provide services and products that involve gene therapies, synthesis and analysis, among other areas. Finally, IQM invests in companies offering disruptive innovation in the technology and artificial intelligence spaces.

The managers of the ETFs rely on fundamental bottom-up research to select their portfolios.

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Heather Bell is a former managing editor of She has also held editorial positions at Dow Jones Indexes and Lehman Brothers. Bell is a graduate of Dartmouth college and resides in the Denver area with her two dogs.