Lattice Strategies Expands Risk-First Fund Family with Debut of Global Small-Cap ETF

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Lattice Strategies, an investment management firm that seeks long-term capital growth through the disciplined and deliberate allocation of risk, today announced that its global small-cap exchange-traded fund (ETF), Lattice Global Small Cap Strategy ETF, began trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker (NYSE:ROGS).

The Lattice Global Small Cap Strategy ETF (ROGS) is based on the firm’s conviction that the disciplined, intentional and systematic allocation of risks is the most influential contributor to long-term growth of capital. Consequently, the index underlying ROGS (Lattice Risk-Optimized Global Small Cap Strategy Index (Bloomberg: LROGSX) is structured with the aim of improving return potential in small-cap investing and seeks to capture potential benefits of correlation and valuation differences across small companies in the US, developed and emerging markets. With a wider universe of companies from which to select, the Fund’s index represents companies with favorable risk premia such as value, quality, and momentum. ROGS is designed to serve as a core portfolio building block, providing investors an opportunity to participate in small-cap growth potential while addressing common risks associated with small-cap investing.

“Many American investors’ portfolios are limited to US small-caps, which represent just a third of the overall global small-cap opportunity. In addition, they tend to be volatile and expensive, given that they currently trade around 40 times price-to-earnings,” said Lattice’s Managing Partner, Ted Lucas. “By diversifying across countries, Lattice’s global small-cap ETF is seeking to take advantage of lower correlations, improved valuations, and the potential benefits of small-caps with lower overall risk.”

Lattice’s ETFs have broken new ground in the ETF industry in that they inhabit the space between active and passive ETFs. They are “active” in the sense that the resulting exposures differ from the benchmark in expressing more efficient risk allocation, and “passive” in the sense that they’re regularly rebalanced and reconstituted according to a systematic and transparent process codified in an index. This enables the funds to deliver the potential risk-adjusted return benefits of active management coupled with the transparency, cost, and rules-based advantages of indexing.

“There are only a handful of truly global small-cap ETFs and now there is one that integrates broad geographic exposure with the deliberate allocation of risks,” notes Darek Wojnar, Lattice’s Head of Single-Asset Strategies and President of the Lattice Strategies Trust. “Our objective in introducing ROGS is to offer investors an opportunity to participate in global small-caps while simultaneously addressing the risks inherent to small-cap investing.”

The Lattice Global Small Cap Strategy’s launch comes on the heels of the firm’s February 2015 debut of Lattice Emerging Market Strategy ETF (NYSE: ROAM), Lattice Developed Markets (ex-US) Strategy ETF (NYSE: RODM), and Lattice US Equity Strategy ETF (NYSE: ROUS). In the 18 trading days since launching, the three ETFs have attracted more than $60 million in assets.

About Lattice Strategies

Established in 2007, Lattice Strategies is an investment management firm that employs risk-first thinking as the cornerstone of its investment approach. Lattice believes that the disciplined and intentional allocation of risks is the most influential contributor to real long-term growth of capital. As such, the identification and allocation of risks remains at the forefront of everything Lattice does on behalf of investors. The firm’s suite of products includes multi-asset solutions, strategy indexes and a family of ETFs. As of December 31, 2014, approximately $1.7 billion of institutional and retail assets was managed to investment strategies developed by Lattice. For more information, visit www.latticestrategies.com and www.latticeetfs.com.

Lattice ETF Fund Objectives and Index Definitions

ROAM: Lattice Emerging Markets Strategy ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond to the total return performance of Lattice Risk-Optimized Advancing Markets Strategy Index (LROAMX), which is designed to balance risks and opportunities within equity markets of emerging economies while emphasizing constituents exhibiting a favorable combination of factor characteristics.

RODM: Lattice Developed Markets (ex-US) Strategy ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond to the total return performance of Lattice Risk-Optimized Developed Markets (ex-US) Strategy Index, which tracks the performance of companies located in major developed markets of Europe, Canada and the Pacific Region.

ROUS: Lattice U.S. Equity Strategy ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond to the total return performance of Lattice Risk-Optimized US Large Cap Equity Strategy Index, which tracks the performance of publicly traded U.S. equity securities.

ROGS: Lattice Global Small Cap Strategy ETF seeks to track the investment results of the Lattice Risk-Optimized Global Small Cap Strategy Index (LROGSX) (the “Index”), which is designed to address risks and opportunities within the global small-cap universe by selecting equity securities of companies exhibiting a favorable combination of factor characteristics, including valuation, momentum, and quality.

Disclosures

To obtain a prospectus, visit www.latticeetfs.com to view or download or call 415-315-6600. We advise you to consider the funds’ objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information about the funds. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest.

There are risks associated with investing, including possible loss of principal. Foreign investing involves special risks, such as risk of loss from currency fluctuation or political or economic uncertainty. Funds that emphasize smaller companies generally experience higher volatility. Due to the investment strategy of the Funds they may make higher capital gain distributions than other ETFs. Please read the Funds’ prospectus for specific details regarding the Funds’ risk profile. Lattice Funds are new and have limited operating history. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Darek Wojnar, CFA, is a registered representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

Lattice Funds are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc.

Contacts

Water & Wall Group
Alex Gambale, 212-343-2364
agambale@waterandwallgroup.com

Release Summary

Lattice Strategies, an investment management firm that seeks long-term capital growth through the disciplined and deliberate allocation of risk, launches Lattice Global Small Cap Strategy ETF.

Contacts

Water & Wall Group
Alex Gambale, 212-343-2364
agambale@waterandwallgroup.com