Nasdaq today announced that FlexShares® Exchange Traded Funds, sponsored and managed by Northern Trust, will list a new exchange-traded fund, FlexShares Credit-Scored US Corporate Bond Index Fund (Symbol: SKOR), on The Nasdaq Stock Market. SKOR will begin trading today, November 13th, 2014.
“Regulatory changes impacting the fixed income capital markets and persistent low interest rates have caused institutional investors and financial advisors to reassess their investment options for exposure to corporate bonds,” said Shundrawn A. Thomas, Executive Vice President and Head of Northern Trusts’ Funds and Managed Accounts Group. “The FlexShares® Credit-Scored US Corporate Bond Index Fund employs a rules-based methodology that incorporates forward looking financial metrics to optimize credit risk while providing improved transparency and liquidity as compared to legacy corporate bond benchmarks.”
SKOR is a fixed income portfolio consisting of corporate debt securities selected using a proprietary credit scoring process. The fund focuses on an intermediate maturity, with securities ranging from two to ten years in maturity. SKOR is an accessible and efficient investment product which provides exposure to U.S. corporate debt. The fund seeks to maximize the credit score while maintaining a similar spread and duration to the intermediate maturity corporate debt universe.
“It’s our pleasure to welcome a new FlexShares exchange-traded fund to The Nasdaq Stock Market,” said Walt Smith, Vice President, Head of U.S. Equities at Nasdaq. “Nasdaq offers FlexShares the opportunity to access new markets and expand SKOR’s reach to a full spectrum of investors.”
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