IndexIQ is listing two interesting smart beta ETFs, the two of which do very different things.
IQ 500 International ETF (IQIN)
IQ Short Duration Enhanced Core Bond US ETF (SDAG)
IQIN will buy companies from the 23 rich countries excluding the US. For companies to qualify they have to meet basic liquidity requirements. Those that do are ranked based on how big their market share is compared with their sector group peers and their average market share over the past three years is calculated (i.e. Shell, BP and Total would be ranked on how much of the energy sector they take). Companies sales figures are also measured and compared.
The index then gives a composite score, with the top 500 picked and weighted based on scores. Companies are limited to taking 5% of the total index.
SDAG, the new bond ETF, is built as an ETF of ETFs that seeks to outperform the short duration US dollar-denominated taxable fixed income universe. It will try to do this by using momentum factors to pick which parts of the bond universe to invest in, the prospectus says.
The ETFs the fund will buy can mostly come from the following sectors of the bond market:
Short-term US Treasuries;
Short-term US investment grade corporate bonds;
Short-term US high yield (or "junk") debt; and
Short-term US investment grade floating rate bonds.
The fund will pick which sector to overweight based on each sectors momentum, where momentum is the "average total return of the fixed income market sector over a short-term period [compared] with the sector's average total return index over a longer-term period," the prospectus says.
Exposure to floaties and junk bonds will be capped at 25% of the index. Over long-term periods, the fund is expected to have similar volatility to the short duration fixed income securities market. SDAG rebalances monthly.