Franklin Templeton Launches Three Active Thematic ETFs | ETF Trends

Franklin Templeton expanded its active ETF lineup today with the addition of three thematic ETFs: Franklin Disruptive Commerce ETF (BUYZ), Franklin Genomic Advancements ETF (HELX) and Franklin Intelligent Machines ETF (IQM).

Patrick O’Connor, global head of ETFs for Franklin Templeton, said they are thrilled to bring its first thematic ETFs to market.

“BUYZ, HELX and IQM are focused on investing in innovative companies within each theme – e-commerce, genomics and intelligent machines,” O’Connor said. “These new ETFs leverage the investment team’s deep history and expertise in the craft of investing in innovation from our headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

Matthew Moberg, portfolio manager with the Franklin Equity Group, said these three new ETFs seek to capture powerful, multi-industry, and distinct long-term trends that we believe should have a large impact on our economy and our daily lives.

“Franklin Templeton has been investing in innovation for over half a century, and what sets us apart is our belief that innovation exists across all sectors of the economy and that seeking out the right companies requires an active approach,” he said.

Each thematic ETF seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of companies that are relevant to the fund’s respective investment theme:

Franklin Disruptive Commerce ETF (BUYZ) invests in companies benefitting from or facilitating advancements in emerging areas of the e-commerce space that are facilitating more convenient, customized, secure and time-efficient transactions for both consumers and businesses.

Franklin Genomic Advancements ETF (HELX) invests in companies benefitting from or facilitating advancements of new genomic-based research techniques and technologies designed to extend and enhance the quality of human and other life, driven by the advent of cost-effective and rapid gene sequencing.

Franklin Intelligent Machines ETF (IQM) invests in companies benefitting from or facilitating advancements of machine learning technologies in areas like robotics, driverless vehicles and algorithmic data analysis.

BUYZ, HELX and IQM are listed on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and will be actively managed by portfolio managers Matthew Moberg, CPA®, and Joyce Lin, CFA®, within Franklin Equity Group, thus not seeking to replicate the performance of a specified index.

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