FlexShares To Begin Trading The FlexShares International Quality Dividend Index Fund (NYSEArca:IQDF)

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April 15, 2013 2:28pm FUND LAUNCH NYSE:IQDF

newetf1FlexShares has announced that they will begin trading The FlexShares International Quality Dividend Index Fund (NYSEArca:IQDF) Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The FlexShares International Quality Dividend Index Fund seeks

investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Northern Trust International Quality Dividend Index.

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Reimbursement      0.47%

Principal Investment Strategies

 The Underlying Index is designed to provide exposure to a high-quality, income-oriented portfolio of international equity securities issued by non-U.S.-based companies, with an emphasis on long-term capital growth and a targeted overall volatility similar to that of the Northern Trust International Large Cap IndexSM (the “Parent Index”). Companies included in the Underlying Index are a subset of the Parent Index, and are selected based on expected dividend payment and fundamental factors, such as profitability, solid management and reliable cash flow, as determined by NTI (in its capacity as the index provider (the “Index Provider”)), pursuant to its index methodology. The Underlying Index is designed to outperform the Parent Index on a risk-adjusted basis, with respect to a combination of dividend yield and capital appreciation. The Underlying Index begins with the Parent Index, and then follows a rules-based methodology to calculate optimal weights for securities in the Underlying Index based upon a targeted overall beta similar to that of the Parent Index, dividend yield, quality factors and lower total risk. Beta represents the market sensitivity, relative to a given market index and time period, and is one measure of volatility. The Parent Index is a float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index comprised of eligible large capitalization securities of developed or emerging market countries as determined by the Index Provider, pursuant to its index methodology. In addition to tracking the performance of the Underlying Index, the Investment Adviser seeks to minimize portfolio turnover and tax inefficiencies. The Underlying Index is governed by transparent, objective rules for security selection, exclusion, rebalancing and adjustments for corporate actions.

NTI uses a “passive” or indexing approach to try to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Unlike many investment 

companies, the Fund does not try to “beat” its Underlying Index and does not seek temporary defensive positions when markets decline or appear overvalued.


 NTI uses a representative sampling strategy to manage the Fund. “Representative sampling” is investing in a representative sample of securities that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Underlying Index. Securities selected are expected to have, in the aggregate, investment characteristics (based on factors such as market capitalization and industry weightings), fundamental characteristics (such as return variability and yield) and liquidity measures similar to those of the Underlying Index. The Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Underlying Index. Funds that employ a representative sampling strategy may incur tracking error risk to a greater extent than a fund that seeks to replicate an index. “Replication” is an indexing strategy in which a fund invests in substantially all of the securities in its underlying index in approximately the same proportions as in the underlying index. The Fund reserves the right to use a replication indexing strategy if NTI determines that it is in the best interests of the Fund.


 The Fund generally will invest under normal circumstances at least 80% of its total assets in the securities of the Underlying Index and in American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”) (collectively “Depositary Receipts”) based on the securities in its Underlying Index. The Fund may also invest up to 20% of its assets in cash and cash equivalents, including shares of money market funds advised by NTI or its affiliates, futures contracts, options on futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, options and total return swaps, as well as securities not included in the Underlying Index, but which NTI believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index.


 The Underlying Index is sponsored by the Index Provider. The Index Provider determines the composition and relative weightings of the securities in the Underlying Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Underlying Index. The Index is reconstituted quarterly. Additional information regarding the Index Provider is provided in the “More Information about Underlying Indexes and Index Provider” section of the Prospectus.

You can find the full Prospectus: HERE


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