New products introduced over the last week include four new defensive mutual funds from AQR Capital and a new fixed-income fund from Schwab.
In addition, AdvisorShares and Roger Nusbaum teamed up on a new actively managed ETF and ALPS launched a “Dogs of the Dow” ETF.
Here are the latest developments of interest to advisors:
1) AQR Capital Management Launches Defensive Mutual Funds
AQR Capital Management announced Monday the launch of four new mutual funds: AQR U.S. Defensive Equity Fund (AUEIX), AQR International Defensive Equity Fund (ANDIX), AQR Emerging Defensive Equity Fund (AZEIX) and AQR Risk-Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund (ARCIX). They will be distributed through financial advisors only.
The funds seek to provide equity-like returns with lower volatility and smaller drawdowns. ARCIX seeks to achieve higher returns than its benchmark (DJ-UBS Index) while maintaining a more consistent risk level and smaller drawdowns using an actively managed, risk-balanced approach.
2) Schwab Launches New Laudus Mondrian Global Fixed-Income Fund
Charles Schwab Investment Management announced Tuesday the launch of the value-oriented Laudus Mondrian Global Fixed Income Fund (LMGDX). It is managed by Charles Schwab Investment Management and subadvised by institutional investment manager Mondrian Investment Partners.