Smart beta rising

The smart beta wave continues to roll through the investing world, with assets on track to surpass the $1 trillion mark later this year.

Assets under management have grown 30% annually since 2012, according to an analysis by the Financial Times of Morningstar data.

According to the fourth annual FTSE Russell Global Institutional Smart Beta Survey, 46% of major global asset owners have exposure to smart beta strategies.

That’s a 10% advance over last year’s mark.

 

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Industry Shift 

Smart beta investment strategies are one of the most powerful trends in investing, and financial firms such as BlackRock, Legg Mason, Franklin Templeton and Amundi have rushed to launch smart-beta funds in response to growing demand.

So has Covestor, which launched its own lineup of smart beta portfolios aiming to deliver investors enhanced returns and competitive fees.

 

Covestor

Covestor’s Smart Beta portfolios are carefully constructed baskets that rank stocks by traits other than their market value, the standard methodology employed by traditional benchmarks, such as the Standard & Poor’s 500.

Here are some other advantages making Covestor’s Smart Beta portfolios worth considering:

Low Cost: With an 8 basis point management fee, Covestor Smart Beta portfolios are competitive with existing products in the marketplace.

Low Minimums: Portfolios have low investment minimums of just $5,000 through use of fractional shares.

Factor Tilts: These portfolios are designed for exposure to desirable stock characteristics, or factors, such as robust growth, valuation, quality, and dividends that have been back tested. Portfolios are also well diversified across sectors.

Rules-Based: The Covestor Smart Beta portfolios have filters to screen out undesirable stocks and a repeatable rules-based framework to determine position allocations.

Auto-Rebalancing: Portfolios are rebalanced quarterly; stocks sold are replaced by new ones with more attractive characteristics.

Transparency: Investors have immediate, online access to information on holdings, trades and performance.

Interested in finding out more? You can learn more about Covestor, or try our services with a free trial account.

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Disclaimer: Covestor’s Smart Beta Portfolios are not Exchange-Traded Funds or mutual funds but are portfolios made up of individual stock holdings. These portfolios mainly invest in stocks and may not be suitable for all investors. You may lose all or part of investments in these portfolios, and their past performance is no guarantee of future results. You may find additional information on the risks, conflicts of interest, applicable brokerage commissions, fractional shares, and limitations on investments and divestments associated with these portfolios (along with Covestor’s full disclosures) on the Forms and Agreements page at covestor.com. Covestor Ltd. is an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Brokerage services are provided to Covestor clients by Interactive Brokers LLC, an SEC-registered broker-dealer and member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC and a Covestor affiliate.