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VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat ETF marks fifth anniversary

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VanEck is marking the fifth anniversary of the launch of its VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (MOAT) with the news that it recently passed USD1 billion in assets.

MOAT’s underlying index is provided by Morningstar, where a team of equity analysts uses a proprietary research process to determine whether a company has an economic “moat,” i.e. a significant sustainable competitive advantage, and then further narrows down the list of potential index constituents to include only those “wide moat” companies with attractive valuations.
 
The index, Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index (MWMFTR), is reviewed quarterly, and currently includes such companies as Amazon, Visa, Eli Lilly, Salesforce, and others.
 
“When we brought MOAT to market, we felt strongly that we were providing investors with an intelligently designed ETF that provided exposure to an intuitive and proven approach to equity investing,” says Ed Lopez, head of ETF product management and marketing with VanEck. “Identifying great companies and buying them at attractive prices has long been a mantra of successful investors, and we believe that Morningstar’s index methodology and research capabilities, combined with the low cost, highly liquid format of an ETF, have helped drive the Fund’s strong performance over the past five years and helped MOAT gain traction with investors.”
 
MOAT has posted a 14.82 per cent annualised return since launch through 1Q 2017, and has earned four-star Morningstar ratings for both its three-year and overall performance.
 
MOAT is part of VanEck’s family of Strategic Equity ETFs, which also includes the VanEck Vectors Morningstar International Moat ETF (MOTI), which applies Morningstar’s analysis of competitive moats to companies outside the US.

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