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Michael Steinhardt-backed WisdomTree launches UCITS ETFs on London Stock Exchange

Monday, October 27, 2014
Opalesque Industry Update - WisdomTree Europe has launched its first UCITS ETFs on the London Stock Exchange.

With this launch, WisdomTree becomes Europe’s first ETF provider focused on exposures to dividend - weighted indices. The first ETFs provide exposure to large and small-cap European and US equities using WisdomTree indices:

WisdomTree 'Smart Beta' Dividend Indices

Stock prices can—and do—deviate from their underlying value for many reasons. WisdomTree believes fundamentals like dividends offer more objective measures of a company’s health, value and profitability than stock price alone.

The majority of ETFs are market cap weighted—meaning they give more weight to companies selling at higher prices than those offering stronger fundamentals. WisdomTree uses unique ‘smart beta’ weighting methodology designed to magnify the effect fundamentals - like dividends - have on risk and return characteristics.

  • Dividends have theoretical and empirical importance in determining stock values
  • Paying dividends indicates that management is focused on increasing shareholder value
  • Dividend stocks offer the potential for income, income growth and capital appreciation
  • Dividends can provide benefits regardless of the market direction

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