European Small-Caps From a Capital Markets View

Shares Outstanding in DFE between July 1, 2013, and January 21, 2014

Between July 1, 2013 and January 21, 2014, DFE took in over half a billion dollars in net new inflows. It is important to note that AUM in an ETF can rise and fall based on two factors: inflows/outflows for the fund, and market movement in the underlying securities.

How did this happen?

In our opinion, the best way to participate in the European recovery is through the small-capitalization segment of the equity market. Here is a recent blog post written by our Director of Research that outlines the European recovery. In addition, DFE remains the only broad European small-cap ETF in the U.S. market today2, and we believe that weighting small caps by fundamental factors is one of the best ways to achieve small-cap exposure. The ETF industry is full of examples like this one, and DFE is another example of how an innovative and passive strategy can provide the right access for investors.

1Source: Bloomberg.
2Source: ETF Database

Important Risks Related to this Article
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Investments focused in Europe are increasing the impact of events and developments associated with the region, which can adversely affect performance. Past performance is not indicative of future results.