The portfolio will provide investors efficient access to a portfolio of international companies classified as International BuyBack Achievers. BuyBack Achievers are companies that have effected a net reduction of 5% or more of their outstanding shares in the past 12 months, and have met additional criteria in accordance with the guidelines and mandated procedures of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., the underlying index provider.
“Our U.S.-focused flagship, the PowerShares BuyBack Achievers Portfolio has achieved a competitive long-term track record demonstrating the investment merit of the BuyBack Achievers methodology, and more broadly of smart beta” says Lorraine Wang, Invesco PowerShares global head of ETF (exchange-traded fund) products and research, based in Chicago. “The PowerShares International BuyBack Achievers Portfolio expands the range of tools investors can use to efficiently allocate the BuyBack Achievers strategy across the globe.”
PowerShares International BuyBack Achievers Portfolio is based on the NASDAQ International BuyBack Achievers Index. It includes common stocks of foreign companies classified as International BuyBack Achievers in accordance with the NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. proprietary selection methodology. The portfolio will generally invest in all of the securities comprising the underlying index, and is rebalanced quarterly in January, April, July and October. The portfolio has an expense ratio of 0.55%.
More institutional investors are using smart beta ETFs in an effort to reduce portfolio volatility (see “Smart Beta ETFs Can Be Used to Reduce Volatility”). To learn more about smart beta investing, visit http://www.invescopowershares.com/smart-beta/.
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