Built in Partnership. Executed with Precision.
Harnessing the performance and diversification potential of factor investing requires using exposures that have been thoughtfully constructed and funds that are implemented with precision. State Street’s SPDR® smart beta ETFs are built in partnership with the world’s leading index providers and fueled by expertise that comes from more than 25 years of smart beta experience.
Smart Beta and ETF Expertise
Smart beta ETFs are a natural extension of our skill and experience as a premier manager of indexed strategies. We are the creator of the world’s first ETFs1 and introduced one of the earliest smart beta institutional strategies in 1993. Since then we have uncovered research-backed insights and formed strong opinions about how to efficiently harvest factor premia and implement them in a portfolio using ETFs.
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Investors are using smart beta ETFs to seek alpha, improve diversification, search for yield, mitigate volatility and lower costs.
Our SPDR smart beta ETFs are developed, refined and maintained through strong partnerships with the world’s leading index providers. We work closely with them to help ensure that the indices we use to define our smart beta ETFs capture factor premia in the most efficient way possible.
Our partnerships with index providers don’t end once a fund has been launched. We continually examine the exposures to help ensure that our ETFs deliver the expected factor premia amid evolving market conditions. We provide research-driven insights about ways to improve trading, liquidity and turnover.
Our Investment Beliefs
These core beliefs guide our approach to constructing smart beta ETFs:
Factor premia exist and can be captured
This creates opportunities to outperform using transparent, rules-based investment processes to harvest these premia.
Factor cyclicality must be accounted for
Core factor investing should account for cyclicality of factor performance; multi-factor approaches may provide diversification benefits and offer the potential for improved long-term consistency.
Portfolio design should meet investor objectives
An outcome-orientated implementation approach is crucial because performance can vary across factors over long periods.
For investors seeking to access dividend stability and growth as a potential driver of outperformance, our suite of Dividend Aristocrats strategies offers a range of regional exposures.
Across a range of smart beta strategies, our ETFs allow investors to target factor premia that can deliver superior risk-adjusted returns.
SPDR smart beta ETFs reflect our rigorous attention to the many details—from design to execution—that add up to important performance and diversification benefits for investors.
1 ETFs managed by State Street Global Advisors have the oldest inception dates within the US, Hong Kong, Australia, and Singapore. State Street Global Advisors launched the first ETF in the US on January 22, 1993; launched the first ETF in Hong Kong on November 11, 1999; launched the first ETF in Australia on August 24, 2001; and launched the first ETF in Singapore on April 11, 2002.
A Smart Beta strategy does not seek to replicate the performance of a specified cap-weighted index and as such may underperform such an index. The factors to which a Smart Beta strategy seeks to deliver exposure may themselves undergo cyclical performance. As such, a Smart Beta strategy may underperform the market or other Smart Beta strategies exposed to similar or other targeted factors. In fact, we believe that factor premia accrue over the long term (5-10 years), and investors must keep that long time horizon in mind when investing.
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Diversification does not ensure a profit or guarantee against loss.
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European SPDR ETFs
SSGA SPDR ETFs Europe I Plc and SSGA SPDR ETFs Europe II Plc are investment companies with variable capital constituted as umbrella funds with segregated liability between sub-funds under the laws of Ireland and authorized by the Central Bank of Ireland pursuant to the European Communities (Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) Regulations 2011.
Information related to Mexico
This information does not constitute and is not intended to constitute marketing or an offer of securities and accordingly should not be construed as such. The Funds referenced herein have not been, and will not be, registered under the Mexican Securities Market Law (Ley del Mercado de Valores) and may not be publicly offered or sold in the United Mexican States. Disclosure documentation related to any of the aforementioned Funds may not be distributed publicly in Mexico and shares of the Funds may not be traded in Mexico.
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US SPDR ETFs
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SPDR® Dow Jones® Industrial Average ETF is listed and registered for sale in the Netherlands