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ProShares Introduces First Long/Short RAFI ETF

ProShares recently launched the ProShares RAFI Long/Short (RALS) exchange traded fund.

RALS is the first dedicated ETF that offers a long/short strategy based on Research Affiliate’s pioneering Fundamental Index (RAFI®) methodology. The RAFI approach uses fundamental measures of company size—sales, dividends, cash flow and book value— instead of security price in selecting and weighting securities.

The new ETF seeks to match the performance of the RAFI® US Equity Long/Short Index before fees and expenses.

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Short Term TIPS ETF Starts Trading

BlackRock's iShares has launched the iShares Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS Bond Fund (STIP) on the NYSE Arca.

The new exchange traded fund offers targeted exposure to the short end of the domestic Treasury Inflation Protected Security (TIPS) curve through TIPS with less than five years to maturity. The new fund is the only ETF that offers access to the very shortest end of the curve (zero to one year), and is intended to help investors seek protection against realized inflation, achieve additional portfolio diversification, or express a view on yields.

The new iShares Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS Bond Fund expands the iShares fixed income offering to 33 ETFs, which have seen a high level of interest in 2010 as investors seek income, a hedge against inflation and more precise fixed income exposure in the U.S. and internationally.

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Invesco Launches Four KBW Portfolios

Invesco PowerShares recently introduced four new ETF portfolios based on Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. (KBW) indexes.

The ETFs provide investors with access to the real estate investment trust (REIT), financial services, and property & casualty insurance market sectors.

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