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Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management, explained that multiple factors like quality, momentum, size, value and volatility may help compensate investors over time while diminishing a portfolio’s risks.

“Academic research has identified certain stocks characteristics that are important in explaining a stock’s risk and performance,” Lance Allen, ETF Regional Vice President of Deutsche Asset Management, said. “Emphasizing these factors can potentially make a significant contribution to outperforming traditional market-capitalization weighted benchmark indices.”

Bush also pointed out that FTSE Russell Indexes may define the factors in a number of ways. For instance, value is a composite measure of cash-flow yield, earnings yield and sales-to-price. Quality is a measure of a company’s profitability, efficiency, earnings quality and leverage. Momentum shows the 11-month total return, lagged 1 month. Volatility represents the standard deviation of five years of weekly total returns of each company stock. Lastly, size encompasses each company’s full market-capitalization in U.S. dollars.

“Exposure to uncorrelated factors may reduce index volatility and mitigate market directionality,” Brad Zucker, Senior Product Manager at FTSE Russell, said.

Investors interested in ETFs that implement these multi-factor indexing methodologies can take a look at the relatively new Deutsche X-trackers Russell 1000 Enhanced Beta ETF (NYSEArca: DEUS) and Deutsche X-trackers FTSE Developed ex US Enhanced Beta ETF (NYSEArca: DEEF), which both track enhanced beta FTSE Russell indices that target quality, momentum, value, size and volatility – five key factors many financial institutions have looked at to help gain an edge over traditional beta indexing methodologies.

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