db X-trackers Launches Equal Weight FTSE 100 ETF

The fund tracks stocks in the FTSE 100 Index in equal proportions and costs 0.25%

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db X-trackers has launched an exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks the FTSE 100 index but allocates equal weight to each stock.

The maket capitalisation-weighted index is adjusted so each of the 100 stocks receive a weighting of 1 percent in the ETF, with the aim of improving risk-adjusted returns.

The distributing fund costs 0.25 percent per year, and is rebalanced every six months.

“Removing the large cap bias effectively increases the weighting to the smaller cap companies in the index, which may improve the risk-adjusted performance over the long term,” said Michael Mohr, head of exchange-traded product development, EMEA, at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.

DeAWM research shows that an equal weight FTSE 100 approach would have outperformed its market cap counterpart by 2.6 percent every year between December 2004 and May 2015.

The provider has also launched a USD-hedged version of its Nikkei 400 ETF. It now has a total of €24.6 billion assets under management in its physical ETFs.

Rachael Revesz joined etf.com in August 2013 as staff writer. Previously an investment reporter at Citywire, she has a background in writing content for retail financial advisors and has covered a wide range of subjects in finance. Revesz studied journalism at PMA Media, which has since merged with the Press Association. She also holds a B.A. in modern languages from Durham University, as well as CF1 and CF2 financial planning certificates from the CII.