ETF Asset Manager Launches Funds for 401(k) Market

April 25, 2007 ( - XTF, an asset manager specializing in asset allocation portfolios composed of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), has introduced nine new ETF-based mutual fund portfolios targeted for the 401(k) market and retail advisers.

According to XTF’s announcement, three tactical asset allocation portfolios – conservative, moderate and aggressive; four target date portfolios from 2010 – 2040+; a Country Rotation Portfolio, and a Sector Rotation Portfolio will be provided both through advisers and companies serving qualified retirement plans that will offer the funds on their platforms.

The three tactical risk-based portfolios – Conservative, Moderate and Aggressive – have equity exposures of 40%, 60% and 80%, respectively. The four target date portfolios – ETF 2010, ETF 2020, ETF 2030 and ETF 2040+ – are reallocated among assets annually, gradually reducing equity exposure as investors approach and enter their retirement years, the announcement said.

The Country and Sector Rotation Portfolios invest in ETFs based on specific countries and industry sectors. XTF models each country or sector independently, compares its risk/reward profile to an equivalent investment in intermediate-term U.S. Treasuries, and invests in whichever is more favorable.

The new funds will be offered based on the following pricing models:

  • Class I for the institutional market: 69 bps;
  • Class A: includes a 12(b)1 fee of 25 bps;
  • Class R for the 401(k) market: includes a 50 bps 12(b)1 fee;
  • Class C: includes a 1% CDSC over time to the investor.

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