FTSE Russell expands Global Factor Index Series

FTSE Russell has expanded the FTSE Global Factor Index Series, with the launch of two additional indexes intended to capture Dividend Yield and Momentum factors. The extension of the index series reflects the high level of client interest around index tools that can be used to capture specific factors.
The new indexes complement the existing single factors already calculated by FTSE Russell, namely Illiquidity: Residual Momentum; Quality; Size; Value and Volatility. They are based on the FTSE Developed and FTSE Emerging indexes and use a common framework and methodology to provide controlled exposure to a target factor, whilst considering levels of diversification and capacity.
Peter Gunthorp, Managing Director, Research & Analytics, FTSE Russell, said:
“As highlighted in the 2015 FTSE Russell Smart Beta Survey, asset owners and their consultants are increasingly evaluating and adopting more sophisticated index strategies. As alternatively weighted and factor indexes grow in popularity, we will continue to expand our offering to meet this growing demand. FTSE Russell will also support the expansion by providing market participants with education, information and index tools around these new approaches.”
Designed for use by institutions as performance benchmarks and risk management tools, the FTSE Global Factor Index Series has also been adopted by product issuers as the foundation for new ETFs and funds. Most recently O’Shares, a new ETF issuer founded by US television personality Kevin O’Leary, selected the FTSE Global Factor Index Series for the O’Shares U.S. Quality Dividend ETF, its debut product.