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JP Morgan to provide fund services and prime custody for the launch of FFCM’s market neutral equity ETFs

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JP Morgan has been selected by investment management firm FFCM LLC to provide a suite of securities services, including fund administration, fund accounting and custody, along with prime custody services, for its newly launched family of equity ETFs, QuantShares. 

The QuantShares ETFs will be “market neutral,” holding both long and short positions in approximately equal dollar amounts. They are among the first ETFs that will engage in shorting physical securities. FFCM LLC has also chosen JP Morgan Clearing Corp as prime broker for four of its seven new funds.

“We are pleased to be launching these funds that will leverage JP Morgan’s ETF servicing with its prime custody solutions,” says Bill DeRoche, founding member of FFCM LLC, the Boston-based investment adviser to QuantShares. “Our decision to partner with JP Morgan reflects our confidence in their ability to support us across this multi-faceted and diverse set of strategies.”

“JP Morgan has a history of innovation in the ETF space,” says Robert Caporale (pictured), head of new business development – Americas, JP Morgan Worldwide Securities Services. “We look forward to delivering our market-leading offering of securities services solutions to FFCM for their newly launched ETFs.”  JP Morgan provides a full suite of services for the development, launch and servicing of ETFs. Industry-wide, J.P. Morgan currently services 200 ETFs with total assets of over USD100 billion.

Devon George-Eghdami, head of Prime Custody Solutions for JP Morgan, says: “We are excited to be working with FFCM on the launch of their market-neutral equity ETFs which are among the first to utilise a combination of cash shorting and swaps.  With our integrated prime broker, custody, fund administration, fund accounting and ETF specialist capabilities, JP Morgan is uniquely positioned to service FFCM.”

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