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Franklin Templeton adds European ETF to LibertyShares range


Franklin Templeton Investments is adding the Franklin LibertyQ European Equity UCITs ETF to its Franklin LibertyShares UCITS ETF range in Europe. 

The new equity smart beta ETF launched on the Deutsche Börse (DB) today and will list on both the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Borsa Italiana on 14th September 2018, as well as on the SIX Swiss Exchange on 26th September 2018.
The new multi-factor ETF has a specific focus on quality and value stocks but also encompasses other factors like momentum and volatility:
Franklin LibertyQ European Equity UCITS ETF: invests in large and mid-capitalisation stocks in the Europe and tracks the performance of the LibertyQ Europe Equity Index, the constituents of which are selected from the MSCI Europe Index using a multi-factor selection process which typically results in the Index having approximately 115 components.
Caroline Baron, Head of ETF Sales EMEA, says: “Following the European launch of our five smart beta ETFs last year and two active fixed income ETFs in June this year, we continue to build momentum and develop our suite of LibertyQ funds for the European market.  For our line-up of multi-factor strategies, we target high quality companies that are attractively valued using momentum to identify investment trends and avoid value traps.  We also use low volatility to help provide a defensive measure against downturns.
“Leveraging our firm’s 70 years of active management experience, our quantitative approach targets specific factors for consistent sources of return.  Thus, our new European equity ETF reflects our on-going commitment, by developing offerings for investors who seek to achieve better risk-adjusted returns over the long term. 
“The smart beta suite includes ETFs covering emerging markets, US and global equity strategies, as well as European and global strategies with a dividend focus.  In addition, the firm also offers two active fixed income ETFs to European investors.
“The new smart beta ETF traded on the Deutsche Börse on 13th September 2018 and is denominated in Euros. It begins trading on both the LSE and Borsa Italiana on 14th September 2018 and the SIX Swiss Exchange on 26th September 2018 and will be denominated in GBP and Euros respectively.

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