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FlexShares launches Real Assets ETF

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FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds has launched the FlexShares Real Asset Allocation Index Fund, a passively managed ETF that seeks to provide exposure to real assets by investing in three stand-alone FlexShares ETFs.

The component ETFs are global products comprised of equity securities and each tracks an innovative index focused on infrastructure, real estate and natural resource investments.
 
The FlexShares Real Asset Allocation Index Fund features an ETF strategy offering exposure to a broad mix of real asset classes to investors seeking an optimised approach within a turn-key real asset solution. The fund applies a proprietary optimisation to the three underlying FlexShares funds in an effort to minimise the volatility of returns and lower risk in the fund. The fund employs an index-based strategy with competitive fees that addresses investor goals of risk management, income and capital appreciation objectives
 
"Institutional investors and independent advisors are increasingly turning to real assets such as natural resources, real estate and infrastructure for portfolio diversification and risk management," says Shundrawn A Thomas (pictured), head of Northern Trust's Funds and Managed Accounts Group. "The FlexShares Real Asset Index Fund delivers an optimised mix of innovative real asset strategies in a simple index-based solution."
 
The new FlexShares fund features exposure to real assets by investing in three FlexShares ETFs including FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources Index Fund (GUNR), FlexShares STOXX Global Broad Infrastructure Index Fund (NFRA) and FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund (GQRE). For investors with a core real assets allocation, this fund may help address their desire to inflation hedge, provide enhanced diversification and help meet income needs.

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