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FactorShares To Launch Miner ETFs Thursday

By: IndexUniverse
Posted: 11/27/2012 9:34:00 PM
Referenced Stocks: PICK;REMX;XME

FactorShares, the ETF provider recently acquired by GenCap Ventures, is expected to launch Thursday, Nov. 29, three equities ETFs that would invest in miners and explorers, further slicing and dicing a segment that's populated by funds from providers such as iShares, State Street Global Advisors and Market Vectors, to name a few.

The ETFs, all of which will replicate ISE benchmarks that target foreign companies and a smattering of U.S. mining names, would join the likes of the U.S.-focused $1.1 billion SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (NYSEArca:XME), the global Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (NYSEArca:REMX), which has $162 million in assets, and the $219 million iShares MSCI Global Select Metals & Mining Producers Index Fund (NYSEArca:PICK).

FactorShares's funds will each cost 0.69 percent in annual expense ratio, according to the most recent prospectus filed with regulators. The ETFs, their tickers and investment strategies are as follows:

FactorShares' New Management

FactorShares already sponsors a quintet of leveraged spread funds, but its latest move would be the first under its new management.

FactorShares was acquired by Gencap in July, a company that aims to help clients bring to market ETFs under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, including both passively and actively managed '40 Act ETFs.

Gencap's business model represents a budding new trend in the ETF space featuring investment managers entering the ETF market with the help of a third party. The third parties provide interested asset managers with infrastructure and platform in order to launch their ETFs, saving them the trouble of trying to build an ETF unit from scratch.

Other companies serving up the "ETF-In-A-Box" concept include the Oklahoma City-based Exchange Traded Concepts-the firm behind the Yorkville MLP ETFs-as well as Bethesda, Md.-based AdvisorShares, which helps others bring ETFs to market that use the AdvisorShares brand name.

Factor Advisors LLC will serve as the investment advisor to the funds, while Esposito Partners LLC will be the subadvisor.

Esposito Partners is related to Dallas-based Esposito Securities, a trading firm that has also been involved in providing seed capital for new ETFs.

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