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WisdomTree launches first emerging markets small-cap ETF

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WisdomTree Investments has announced that the WisdomTree Trust will launch a new emerging markets small-cap dividend-weighted exchange-traded fund, following the introduction of the Wisdom

WisdomTree Investments has announced that the WisdomTree Trust will launch a new emerging markets small-cap dividend-weighted exchange-traded fund, following the introduction of the WisdomTree Emerging Markets High-Yielding Fund in July.

Both ETFs offer investors exposure to robust and growing markets through a fundamentally weighted indexing strategy that seeks to reduce the risk to which market capitalisation-weighted indices are prone.

The new fund will trade on the NYSE Arca electronic trading platform and will have an expense ratio of 0.63 per cent. It seeks to track the WisdomTree Emerging Markets SmallCap Dividend Index and will be the first ETF to offer pure international exposure to primarily small-cap stocks from 19 emerging market nations, including countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

‘We believe this emerging markets ETF offers investors access to fast-growing companies in attractive new markets with the added comfort that comes from WisdomTree’s dividend-focused strategy,’ says WisdomTree president and chief operating officer Bruce Lavine.

‘The launch marks WisdomTree’s 27th pure international ETF, and continues our commitment to offer the most comprehensive international offering covering the developed world, emerging markets and non-US sectors.’

In contrast to capitalisation-weighted indices, the WisdomTree indices anchor the initial weights of individual stocks to a measure of fundamental value, and approach that the firm believes provides investors with a viable alternative to market cap-weighted indices.

WisdomTree Trust is an open-ended investment company with assets under management of more than USD4.5bn of which each WisdomTree ETF is a sub-fund.

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