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Franklin Templeton launches emerging markets ETF

Emerging_marketsCalifornia-based investment manager Franklin Templeton Investments has unveiled the fifth ETF addition to its LibertyShares smart beta Ucits ETF range.

The Franklin LibertyQ Emerging Markets Ucits ETF is listed on the Deutsche Börse and London Stock Exchange.

The fund aims to provide higher risk-adjusted returns and lower volatility over the longer-term than its investment universe, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

The ETF tracks the LibertyQ Emerging Markets Index, an in-house designed index weighting four factors - quality, value, momentum and low volatility.

The fund targets high quality emerging market stocks, valued using momentum to identify investment trends and avoid value traps and low volatility to provide a defensive measure against downturns, Franklin Templeton said.

Patrick O’Connor, head of global ETFs, said: “We believe emerging markets offer some of the most compelling opportunities available in equity markets today and many investors are looking for a lower risk option of accessing the sector.

“A multi-factor screened approach can help to identify attractive opportunities within emerging markets, while providing diversification among investment factors, resulting in a potentially less volatile return profile.”

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