Research Affiliates and ProShares are teaming up with a new ETF, ProShares RAFI Long/Short ETF, which will start trading on the NYSE Arca under the symbol RALS Thursday, according to a joint announcement.
It is the “first public fund dedicated to the strategy,” and the beginning of a new “theme line” for ProShares, called the “Alternatives ETF Company,” Michael Sapir, (left) chairman and CEO of ProShare Advisors LLC, told AdvisorOne.com on Thursday.
The ETF is based on the Research Affiliate’s Fundamental Index. Unlike cap-weighted indexes which use a company’s share price or market capitalization to weight companies in the index, the Fundamental Indexes are based on four fundamental measures indicative of a company’s size, sales, cash flow, dividends and book value, according to Arnott. The RAFI measures mean that the ETF will go long companies that are the most undervalued by these metrics and short those that are the most overvalued.
In a sense, these metrics add an element of fundamental analysis to the selection of included companies that is not part of the standard cap-weighted indexes.
Because of this, the long side of the portfolio is invested in “deep value, out of favor” stocks, Rob Arnott, (left) founder of Research Affiliates, told AdvisorOne.com on Thursday.