Factor Advisors Partners With BlueStar To Launch The First ETF Focused on Israeli Global Technology Stocks

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November 4, 2015 4:21pm FUND LAUNCH NASDAQ:ITEQ

new etfsFactor Advisors, a subsidiary of ETF Managers Group, in partnership with ITEQ ETF Partners, an affiliate of BlueStar Global Investors, today successfully launched the BlueStar TA-BIGITech™ Israel Technology ETF, the first exchange traded fund (ETF) to exclusively hold shares of public Israeli and Israel-linked technology companies.


The “Start-Up Nation ETF™” provides unique exposure to Israel’s dynamic technology sector.

“‘The Start-Up Nation ETF’ ™ is the result of deep collaboration between BlueStar, ISE ETF Ventures, the TASE, ETF Managers Group and other key partners, and we are optimistic that investors worldwide will find the ITEQ™ ETF a unique potential addition to their portfolio.”

The ITEQ™ ETF tracks the TASE-BlueStar Israel Global Technology Index™ (TA-BIGITech™), which is the broadest, deepest and most diversified benchmark for Israel’s global technology companies. The index is based on BlueStar’s proprietary methodology which includes Israeli companies listed worldwide, active in a broad range of well-established, emerging and disruptive technology sectors. These sectors include IT Hardware & Software, Cybersecurity, Big Data, Clean & Renewable Energy, Sustainable Agriculture, Defense & Security and Biotechnology.

The TA-BIGITech™ index includes cutting edge Israeli Global Technology companies such as Amdocs (Ticker: DOX), Checkpoint Software (Ticker: CHKP), Mobileye (Ticker: MBLY), Elbit Systems (Ticker: ESLT) and Verint Systems (Ticker: VRNT). The index was launched in 2013 together with the International Securities Exchange ETF Ventures (ISE). In March 2015, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange affiliated with the index, and real-time calculation was extended from the Tel Aviv open though New York’s close.

Sam Masucci, founder and CEO of ETF Managers Group said: “We are excited to be involved in the launch of the ITEQ™ ETF, bringing investors unrivaled exposure to the worldwide Israeli Technology sector. ITEQ delivers a uniquely diversified investment opportunity and enhances the ETF Managers Group growing family of products.”

“We are pleased to launch this unique ETF which, for the first time, provides investors with an efficient way to tap into the dynamic, innovative, and global Israeli technology sector as measured by the TA-BIGITech Index,” said Steven Schoenfeld, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of BlueStar. “‘The Start-Up Nation ETF’ ™ is the result of deep collaboration between BlueStar, ISE ETF Ventures, the TASE, ETF Managers Group and other key partners, and we are optimistic that investors worldwide will find the ITEQ™ ETF a unique potential addition to their portfolio.”

For the latest information and updates on ETF Managers Group and our family of funds visit www.etfmg.com, follow us on LinkedIn, or email [email protected].

About Factor Advisors: Factor Advisors LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exchange Traded Managers Group LLC (ETF Managers Group), a leading Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) private label services company. ETF Managers Group offers a full range of ETF product services to the asset management community including commodity pool ETPs as well as both active and passive ETF funds. The services provided include product operations, regulatory, financial and compliance management. ETF Managers Group offers active marketing and dedicated wholesale services for all ETF product types.

About BlueStar:

BlueStar Global Investors LLC, is a New York-based investment research firm that develops unique market and sector indexes focused on Israeli asset classes under its BlueStar Indexes® brand. BlueStar is also a leading provider of research on the Israeli capital markets and helps facilitate investment strategies for accessing those markets.

Carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risk factors, charges and expenses before investing. This and additional information can be found in the Fund’s summary and statutory prospectuses, which may be obtained 1-844-ETF-MGRS (1-844-383-6477) or visitingwww.iteqetf.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV), may trade at a discount or premium to NAV and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Narrowly focused investments typically exhibit higher volatility. The fund is new with limited operating history. Investing involves risks, including loss of principal. The Fund will be sensitive to changes in, and its performance will depend to a greater extent on, the overall condition of the retail sector. Funds that invest in smaller companies may experience greater volatility. The Fund’s return may not match or achieve a high degree of correlation with the return of the BlueStar TA-BIGITech™ Israel Technology ETF. To the extent the Fund utilizes a sampling approach, it may experience tracking error to a greater extent than if the Fund had sought to replicate the Index. Diversification does not guarantee a profit, nor does it protect against a loss in a declining market.

As of 10/1/2015, the Fund did not hold any position in any of the companies mentioned in this piece. Fund holdings and sector allocations are subject to change at any time and are not recommendations to buy or sell any security.

It is not possible to directly invest in an index.

Factor Advisors, LLC serves as the investment adviser and Penserra Capital Management LLC serves as sub-advisor to the Fund. The Funds are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc., which is not affiliated with Factor Advisors, Penserra Capital or any of its affiliates.


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