American Century Investments Debuts 'Intelligent' ETFs

Today, American Century Investments announced the further build-out of its suite of its ETFs with the American Century® Quality Diversified International ETF (NYSEArca: QINT), American Century® STOXX® U.S. Quality Growth ETF (NYSEArca: QGRO) and American Century® Diversified Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TAXF) now available to clients and investors and are listed on the NYSE ARCA.

QINT and QGRO utilize American Century Investments’ Intelligent Beta1 methodology, which systematizes many of the same attributes that fundamental research and security selection seek to identify, in a rules-based, indexed approach. QINT is a foreign large blend fund that seeks to enhance core international exposure. Its rules-based approach analyzes each stock’s quality, growth and value characteristics to select individual securities. It also dynamically adjusts exposures in an effort to take advantage of prevailing market conditions.

“We are building a line-up of ETFs that apply our unique insights to solve common investment problems and help investors achieve their goals,” said Edward Rosenberg, senior vice president and head of ETFs for American Century Investments, in a press release. “We are excited to launch these additional funds.”

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QGRO is a large-cap growth fund that seeks to enhance the core growth component of investor portfolios. The fund features a rules-based approach to identify stocks that feature a combination of quality and growth. The methodology distinguishes between stable growth and pure growth companies, dynamically allocating to each category and adjusting sector exposures, depending on the market environment.

Both funds will be managed by Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager Peruvemba Satish and ETF Portfolio Manager Rene Casis. Satish leads American Century Investments’ global analytics team and joined the firm in 2014. Casis joined American Century Investments in early 2018 after serving in ETF portfolio management roles with BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors (BGI) and 55 Institutional.

The third fund, TAXF, is an actively managed municipal bond fund that combines investments in thoroughly researched high yield and investment grade municipal bonds. Designed for investors seeking current income, the fund dynamically adjusts investment grade and high yield exposures based on prevailing market conditions. Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager Steven Permut and Vice President and Portfolio Managers Joe Gotelli and Alan Kruss are managing the fund. The firm’s municipal team averages 24 years of industry experience coupled with an average tenure of 21 years with the firm.