Diversify with an Active International Low Volatility ETF Strategy

Natixis Global Asset Management has launched its first U.S.-listed exchange traded fund, an actively managed international minimum volatility strategy to help investors build a diversified global investment portfolio.

On Thursday, Natixis rolled out the Natixis Seeyond International Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: MVIN). MVIN comes with a 0.55% expense ratio.

Frédéric Babu, Alexander J. Nary, Nicolas Just, and Juan-Sebastian Caicedo, who are all part of Seeyond, a global investment unit of the Natixis Asset Management corporation, will serve as portfolio managers of MVIN. The managers may be more flexible and responsive to market moves.

“We are excited to bring our active management expertise to the U.S. ETF market,” John Hailer, CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management for the Americas and Head of Global Distribution, said in a press release. “Investors are increasingly interested in accessing our investment strategies through ETFs, and MVIN provides them an active strategy which can react to market events and seek to take advantage of opportunities with all the potential benefits of an ETF.”

MVIN will focus on developed markets and try to generate long-term capital appreciation with less volatility than typically experienced by international equity markets, according to a prospectus sheet.

The minimum volatility approach helps diminish portfolio risk. Lower-risk stocks have historically offered better risk-adjusted returns than high-risk stocks from 1995 through 2015, according to Natixis.