CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 01/13/12 -- Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a leading global provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), announced today that trading has begun on NYSE Arca for two new PowerShares ETFs that provide investors with access to low volatility strategies covering emerging and developed markets. The portfolio names and ticker symbols are as follows.
Following the successful launch of the PowerShares S&P 500® Low Volatility Portfolio (SPLV), which has attracted the highest monthly inflows of all ETFs listed in 2011 and over $1 billion in AUM, the two new ETFs expand PowerShares' suite of low volatility strategies to include key market segments outside of the United States providing investors with further diversification opportunities. The three ETFs are designed to work synergistically to optimize investors' global low volatility exposures and reduce overall portfolio risk.
"Given today's market environment, investors are naturally seeking better ways to reduce volatility in their portfolios," said Ben Fulton, Invesco PowerShares managing director of global ETFs. "We believe the PowerShares family of low volatility ETFs may provide investors a degree of protection in down cycles while still participating in upward trending cycles, and have the potential to improve risk-adjusted returns over the long term."
The PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (EELV) is based on the S&P BMI Emerging Markets Low Volatility Index. Standard & Poor's compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of 200 of the least volatile stocks of the S&P Emerging BMI plus LargeMid Cap Index. The S&P Emerging BMI Plus LargeMid Cap Index includes all publicly listed equity securities with float-adjusted market values of at least $100 million and annual dollar value traded of at least $50 million from the following countries: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.
The PowerShares S&P International Developed Low Volatility Portfolio (IDLV) is based on the S&P BMI International Developed Low Volatility Index. Standard & Poor's compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of 200 of the least volatile stocks of the S&P Developed ex US and South Korea LargeMid Cap BMI Index. The S&P Developed ex US and South Korea LargeMid Cap BMI Index includes all publicly listed equity securities with float adjusted market values of at least $100 million and annual dollar value traded of at least $50 million from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC is Leading the Intelligent ETF Revolution® through its family of more than 140 domestic and international exchange-traded funds, which seek to outperform traditional benchmark indexes while providing advisors and investors access to an innovative array of focused investment opportunities. With franchise assets over $57.6 billion as of December 31, 2011, PowerShares ETFs trade on both U.S. stock exchanges. For more information, please visit us at invescopowershares.com or follow us on Twitter @PowerShares.
Invesco is a leading independent global investment manager, dedicated to helping investors worldwide achieve their financial objectives. By delivering the combined power of our distinctive investment management capabilities, Invesco provides a wide range of investment strategies and vehicles to our retail, institutional and high net worth clients around the world. Operating in more than 20 countries, the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IVZ. Additional information is available at www.invesco.com.
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