|SSgA Launches Its First Active ETFs|
|26 April, 2012|
[This article previously appeared on our sister site, IndexUniverse.com]
State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the fund sponsor behind the SPDR ETFs, today launched its first three actively managed ETFs in the United States, marking its entry into a niche of the market that is drawing increasing attention from major ETF providers.
The three new funds represent half of the six active funds SSgA originally filed for last April. The funds coming out today emphasise inflation-protected asset allocation strategies. The investment approaches that are described in the prospectus include using exchange-traded products, most of which are index securities.
The three new funds, their tickers and expense ratios are as follows:
However, ETF giants such as iShares, which just won regulatory approval last March to develop active ETFs, are building out the active space with a variety of funds, many of which are oriented toward the more illiquid bond market that generally presents more challenges to passively managed funds.
One of the distinguishing aspects of the new SSgA funds is that they add an active management element to the asset allocation space, an arena generally dominated by passive funds, which focuses on diversified exposure schemes to capture growth and income in the long run. Currently, there only are 27 asset allocation ETFs out of more than 1,400 US-listed ETFs, according to IndexUniverse’s “ETF Fund Finder.”
Several weeks ago, AdvisorShares filed paperwork to bring to market an actively managed ETF similar to the SSgA funds.
The AdvisorShares Pring Turner Dow Jones Business Cycle ETF (NYSEArca: DBIZ) will own everything from US and foreign equities to high-quality corporate debt to other ETFs and ETNs, keeping its asset class and sector allocations flexible to reflect the market’s changing business cycle.