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Reality Shares launches dividend-focused ETF


Reality Shares has launched DIVY, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) designed to provide investors with exposure to the aggregate value of dividends expected to be paid on a portfolio of large capitalization equity securities.

DIVY is listed on the NYSE Arca.
“We believe DIVY represents a paradigm shift in how investors will think about generating returns based on genuine underlying value creation,” says Eric Ervin, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Reality Shares. “The rules-based strategies employed by DIVY are designed to provide long-term results based upon expected dividend payments, which historically have increased over time in large cap stocks.”
Unlike traditional dividend focused products, DIVY does not seek to produce returns based on changes in the stock market price of dividend-paying securities and does not generate dividend income. Rather, DIVY seeks to produce returns based on increases in the expected dividend values of these securities, independent of price performance and dividend yield. The Fund uses a variety of investment strategies to help achieve this objective, and will primarily invest in a series of listed index option combinations to capture expected dividend exposure.
“Our research indicates that historically, a high correlation has existed between expected dividend values and the aggregate value of actual dividend payments on large cap securities,” says Ryan Ballantyne, Executive Vice President of Sales and Trading, Reality Shares. “We’re excited to offer this innovative investment choice to investors seeking long-term returns that are not directly correlated to broad equity market or fixed income price movements.”

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