OppenheimerFunds Enters Smart Beta Space with Factor Weighted ETFs

Jan 25, 2016, 09:00 ET from OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager, entered the fast-growing smart beta space and is now offering Oppenheimer Factor Weighted ETFs. The products and solutions offer a unique approach for clients looking to access the ETF market. By weighting each security in the index on the basis of top line revenue, the Factor Weighted Strategies offer the possibility to reduce overexposure to potentially overpriced sectors and stocks while still providing diversification across every security in an index.

"OppenheimerFunds has been at the forefront of offering innovative solutions to clients for nearly 60 years. The Oppenheimer Factor Weighted ETFs are another example of how we are striving to best serve our clients with the products and solutions they are looking for," said Art Steinmetz, Chairman and CEO at OppenheimerFunds. "We think revenue weighting is particularly compelling because it is designed to create a better balanced portfolio."

OppenheimerFunds' philosophy on smart beta is that outperformance comes from a variety of sectors, not just a few, and that revenue weighting more closely reflects growth in the broader economy. However, revenue weighting still allows investors to own every company in an index and capture the broad, diversified exposure to the market. Traditional market-cap-weighted index funds offer a number of positive attributes, though they have certain limitations, such as overexposure to expensive holdings.

"Our introduction of revenue weighted ETFs is a direct response to feedback from our clients, who are increasingly looking for an ETF offering with the benefits of an active strategy," said John McDonough, Head of Distribution at OppenheimerFunds. "We believe that re-weighting indices on the basis of fundamental factors like revenue may enable our investors to earn both higher returns and better returns on a risk-adjusted basis than market cap indices over the long term."

"This proprietary offering brings a unique approach for OppenheimerFunds' clients," said Vince Lowry, Lead Portfolio Manager, Oppenheimer Revenue Factor Team. "Identifying revenue as our fundamental factor gives all of our ETFs a rules-based, disciplined approach not easily manipulated or influenced by market emotionality."

The full suite of Oppenheimer Factor Weighted ETFs includes:

In December 2015, OppenheimerFunds Inc. acquired VTL Associates LLC, the investment adviser to the Oppenheimer Revenue Weighted ETF Trust, formerly the RevenueShares ETF Trust, and the Oppenheimer Factor Weighted ETFs. To learn more, visit OppenheimerFunds' Press Room or Factor Weighted ETFs page.

About OppenheimerFunds

OppenheimerFunds, a leader in global asset management, is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors. OppenheimerFunds, including its subsidiaries, manages more than $216 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of December 31, 2015.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is a high conviction asset manager with a history of providing active, innovative investment strategies to its investors. The firm's 14 distinct, collaborative investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative and multi-asset strategies. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from endowments and sovereigns to financial advisors serving individual investors. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, and OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. For more information, visit oppenheimerfunds.com.

Shares of Oppenheimer funds are not deposits or obligations of any bank, are not guaranteed by any bank, are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency, and involve investment risks, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested.

An investment in a fund is subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. Fund returns may not match the return of its respective index, known as non-correlation risk, due to operating expenses incurred by a fund. The alternate weighting approach (i.e., using revenues as a weighting measure), while designed to enhance potential returns, may not produce the desired results. Because the funds are rebalanced quarterly, portfolio turnover may exceed 100%. The greater the portfolio turnover, the greater the transaction costs, which could have an adverse effect on fund performance.

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