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ValueShares launches International Quantitative Value ETF


ValueShares has launched the ValueShares International Quantitative Value ETF (IVAL), which complements the successful 22 October, 2014 launch of the ValueShares US Quantitative Value ETF (QVAL).

Both QVAL and IVAL seek to purchase the cheapest, highest quality value stocks in the marketplace. QVAL is focused on domestic securities; IVAL is focused on liquid international markets (both developing and emerging).
Founder and CIO, Wesley R Gray, PhD, says: “The IVAL investment algorithm seeks to take advantage of mispricing caused by irrational investors in international markets. IVAL is an affordable, high-conviction, tax-efficient method that attempts to capture the value anomaly in international markets.”
Dr Gray started developing his algorithm 12 years ago when he was a finance Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago, where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner, Eugene Fama. The philosophy underlying the algorithm was later published by John Wiley & Sons in a co-authored book, QUANTITATIVE VALUE: A Practitioner’s Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioural Errors.
IVAL is among the few concentrated, active, and value-based ETFs currently in the marketplace. IVAL seeks to invest in securities and depository receipts of companies in any industry with ample trading liquidity. The Fund will invest in approximately 50 of the top international equity securities as determined by its quantitative value system. The strategy focuses on developed markets, but also seeks securities in emerging markets if these securities have the liquidity necessary to trade.
“IVAL is concentrated and highly active, unlike most value-based ETFs,” says Dr Gray. “The market is awash with closet-index strategies which hold 200 or more securities. We seek to deliver a high-conviction value approach backed by extensive academic and market research and a substantive knowledge of the manner in which irrational investor behaviour can create mispricing. With IVAL, we can now give our investors access to this strategy with an international lens.” Gray also highlights the long-term nature of the strategy: “IVAL is a concentrated portfolio and will not track benchmark indices on a tick-by-tick basis in the short run. Investors likely need at least a 5-year horizon to have a chance at success investing in IVAL. Focused value-investing requires patience and discipline.”
IVAL may be best suited for investors and advisors that want a concentrated exposure to what the Advisor believes are the cheapest, highest-quality value firms in the non-U.S. market. The Fund’s Advisor adheres to a value investment philosophy and utilises computer technology to minimize human biases, read financial statements, interpret past trends, and assess future prospects.

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