New products and changes introduced over the last week include the PowerShares NYSE Century Portfolio from Euronext and PowerShares; a municipal bond ETF from Market Vectors; and strategic asset allocation changes from Russell Investments.
In addition, Guardian Life announced a variable annuity offering access to alternative investments, and AdvisorShares announced a new ETF.
Here are the latest developments of interest to advisors:
1) Euronext, PowerShares Announce PowerShares NYSE Century Portfolio
NYSE Euronext and Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC have announced the launch of the PowerShares NYSE Century Portfolio (NYCC). NYCC is based on the NYSE Century Index, which includes U.S. companies that have been incorporated for at least 100 years, are listed on a U.S. exchange and have a market capitalization of at least $1 billion.
NYCC is the first fund based on the NYSE Century Index.
2) Market Vectors Launches Municipal Bond ETF
Market Vectors ETFs has announced the launch of the Market Vectors Short High-Yield Municipal Index ETF (SHYD).
SHYD seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the Barclays Municipal High Yield Short Duration Index (BMHYTR), a market-size-weighted index composed of publicly traded municipal bonds that cover the U.S. dollar-denominated high-yield short-term tax-exempt bond market.
To be included in the index, a bond must have a nominal maturity of 1–10 years. Taxable municipal bonds, bonds with floating rates, and derivatives are excluded from the index. The index rules maintain a 75% weight in below-investment-grade municipal bonds and as an added liquidity feature a 25% weight in Baa/BBB-rated investment grade municipal bonds.
3) Russell Investments Makes Strategic Asset Allocation Changes
Russell Investments announced that it was implementing a series of strategic asset allocation changes to several retail product offerings in the U.S. market, including the Russell LifePoints Funds, Target Portfolio Series and Russell Core Model Strategies. For most portfolios the reallocations take effect in January 2014.