Boston, MA, January 10, 2017 / PRNewswire – O’Shares ETF Investments expanded its suite of quality ETFs on December 30th, 2016 with the launch of the O’Shares FTSE US Small Cap Quality Dividend ETF (Ticker OUSM), a U.S. Small Cap ETF focused on higher quality dividend-paying companies with less volatility. The portfolio of OUSM owns 339 U.S. small cap dividend stocks, with an average market cap of $4.0 billion. Stocks in the portfolio were selected for Quality, Low Volatility, Yield and Diversification, based on an index developed for O’Shares ETF Investments by FTSE Russell, a global leader in index strategies.
Kevin O’Leary, Chairman of O’Shares ETF Investments believes the U.S. small cap space presents a tremendous opportunity, and that using conservative investment rules makes the risk level more attractive for conservative long-term investors. “Small caps are actually significant companies, most with over $1 billion in market value and as a group have provided attractive performance, although we prefer lower risk levels. Most people don’t realize that $1,000 invested in U.S small caps 15 years ago would potentially been worth $3,385 today, compared to only $2,642 for U.S. large caps and now, with a strong U.S. dollar and the potential for reduced regulation to boost the U.S. economy, I have more reasons to own small caps. The thing is, because I am a conservative long-term investor I want less risk and want to own U.S. small caps that have been carefully selected to avoid the risky stocks and only select stocks that meet our metrics for quality, including less leverage and strong return on assets. That’s exactly how the O’Shares ETF OUSM was built, for conservative long-term investors like me.” commented Mr. O’Leary, who is well-known as an investor on ABC’s Shark Tank and contributor on CNBC.
Connor O’Brien, CEO of O’Shares ETF Investments, added, “Conservative investors will appreciate this ETF (Ticker OUSM) because it solves a problem. Although many investors want the performance benefits of small caps, they find that the generic market-cap weighted index funds are too risky, and take up too much of their equity risk budget; they find stock picking takes too much research time, and they find active funds are typically too expensive, not transparent and not tax effective. In OUSM, investors get a cost-effective and transparent ETF combined with the investment rules that reflect a disciplined active management process. Some people call this “the best of both worlds”, blending the key benefits of “passive”, referring to the ETF structure, with “active” management, referring to a disciplined stock selection process. In our view, OUSM will make long-term investing in the small cap asset class much more interesting for conservative advisors and investors.”
For additional information on O’Shares ETF Investments and the O’Shares FTSE US Small Cap Quality Dividend ETF (Ticker OUSM) please visit www.oshares.com
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O’Shares is focused on providing quality ETFs for long-term wealth management. O’Shares ETFs use the FTSE Russell Quality/Volatility/Yield rules-based indexes for investing in large cap dividend paying equities. These indexes provide a rules-based approach for investing in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific regions, and seek more yield, less risk and strong long-term investment performance. O’Shares ETFs are designed to be core investment holdings, providing cost efficient access to portfolios of large-cap and mid-cap high quality, low volatility, dividend paying companies.
FTSE USA Small Cap Qual/Vol/Yield Factor 3% Capped Index
The FTSE USA Small Cap Qual/Vol/Yield Factor 3% Capped Index is designed to reflect the performance of publicly-listed small capitalization dividend-paying issuers in the United States exhibiting high quality, low volatility and high dividend yields, as determined by FTSE-Russell. The quality and low volatility factors are designed to reduce exposure to high dividend equities that have experienced large price declines, as may occur with some dividend investing strategies.
FTSE Russell is a global leader in index benchmarking and analytics, positioned to develop and offer indexing solutions for investors worldwide. Leading asset owners, asset managers, ETF providers and investment banks use FTSE Russell indexes to benchmark their investment performance and create ETFs, institutional separate accounts and index-based derivatives. FTSE Russell is wholly owned by London Stock Exchange Group. www.ftserussell.com.
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|1 Year||5 Year||10 Year||15 Year||20 Year|
|RUSSELL 2000 INDEX||21.2%||14.4%||7.0%||8.5%||8.2%|
Source: Bloomberg. Data as of 12/31/2016. Past performance does not guarantee future results. One cannot invest directly in an index
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