The ETF revolution reaches active ETFs
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Amidst a global pandemic and volatile markets, active semi-transparent ETFs (also known as non-transparent ETFs) emerged. Learn more about this new kind of ETF and how it can help you and your clients diversify portfolios and pursue different goals.
Alpha is a measure of fund performance. Alpha compares the performance of a fund to a benchmark index (such as the S&P 500). The excess return of the fund relative to the return of the benchmark index is a fund’s alpha. A positive alpha means the fund has outperformed the index.
What makes the Schwab Ariel ESG ETF different from traditional ETFs?
Traditional ETFs tell the public what assets they hold each day. This fund will not. This may create additional risks for your investment. For example:
- You may have to pay more money to trade the fund’s shares. This fund will provide less information to traders, who tend to charge more for trades when they have less information.
- The price you pay to buy fund shares on an exchange may not match the value of the fund’s portfolio. The same is true when you sell shares. These price differences may be greater for this fund compared to other ETFs because it provides less information to traders.
- These additional risks may be even greater in bad or uncertain market conditions.
- The ETF will publish on its website each day a “Proxy Portfolio” designed to help trading in shares of the ETF. While the Proxy Portfolio includes some of the ETF’s holdings, it is not the ETF’s actual portfolio.
The differences between this fund and other ETFs may also have advantages. By keeping certain information about the fund secret, this fund may face less risk that other traders can predict or copy its investment strategy. This may improve the fund’s performance. If other traders are able to copy or predict the fund’s investment strategy, however, this may hurt the fund’s performance.
For additional information regarding the unique attributes and risks of the fund, see Proxy Portfolio Risk, Premium/Discount Risk, Trading Halt Risk, Authorized Participant Concentration Risk, Tracking Error Risk and Shares of the Fund May Trade at Prices Other Than NAV in the Principal Risks and Proxy Portfolio and Proxy Overlap sections of the prospectus and/or the Statement of Additional Information.
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