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BMO launches emerging market income leader ETF

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BMO Global Asset Management, a part of BMO Financial Group, has announced the launch of the BMO MSCI Emerging Markets Income Leaders UCITS ETF which adds to its ‘Income Leaders’ suite of ETFs for UK investors.

BMO writes that investors can now allocate portfolios to emerging markets, UK, US and European markets through the equity ETF range, which has been developed to target quality income in response to the evolving needs of investors.

Rob Thorpe, Head of UK Intermediary, BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA), says: “As the low yield, low interest rate environment continues, investors’ focus on yield coupled with their concerns around volatility are only intensifying. At BMO Global Asset Management, our priority is to innovate and seek solutions to the challenges that investors are faced with and that is why we have created our ETF range to be fully aligned with investors’ needs. We are delighted to add the BMO MSCI Emerging Markets Income Leaders UCITS ETF to our current Income Leaders ETF range.”

BMO Global Asset Management’s ‘Income Leaders’ range of equity ETFs has been developed together with index provider MSCI, to provide investors with sustainable income from high calibre companies. The indices take a multi-factor approach, first screening stocks for quality (companies that exhibit good return on equity, stable earnings growth and low financial leverage) and then for stocks with the highest dividend yields. This strategy aims to select leading companies with long-term sustainable business models and clear competitive advantages.

According to Marc Knowles, Director of ETFs Europe, “Investors are thoughtful about how they best allocate their portfolios to Emerging Markets. Emerging market equities have historically been more volatile than those in developed markets and more sensitive to swings in the US dollar. Investments in quality companies with lower debt levels can help to reduce the portfolio volatility and deliver enhanced risk adjusted returns. Furthermore, a company’s stable earnings stream is a good indicator that they are better suited to cope with market shocks. Our Emerging Markets Income Leader ETF is constructed to help investors meet these challenges.”

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