Principal® Advances Plan for First Semi-Transparent ETF Offering

DES MOINES, Iowa--()--Principal Global Investors® today announced its plan to add its first semi-transparent ETF to its growing line-up of ETFs, filing for an exemptive order to use Fidelity’s active equity ETF methodology. This approach complements the active management capabilities of Principal and will help deliver stronger investment outcomes for clients.

When approved and launched, the first semi-transparent ETF offered by Principal will target real estate assets.

We believe in active investing and are excited to expand our offerings of new investment strategies and solutions that could deliver strong performance and generate more income for investors,” said Jill Brown, managing director of U.S. Wealth Markets for Principal Global Investors. “There’s tremendous growth potential in semi-transparent ETFs and, with our active management DNA, we believe we’re uniquely positioned to deliver in this space.”

Principal currently offers 14 ETFs – six strategic beta and eight actively managed – that are designed to enhance investor returns, mitigate risk, and improve portfolio diversification. Combined, they represent approximately $5 billion in assets under management1.

Fidelity’s active equity ETF model employs an innovative “tracking basket” methodology, which maintains the benefits of the ETF structure, provides information to market participants to promote efficient trading of shares, and preserves the ability to add value through active management.

"We are excited to work with Principal as they seek to expand their ETF offering and develop innovative new solutions to help meet the needs of investors," said Greg Friedman, head of ETF management and strategy at Fidelity. "We believe Fidelity’s methodology is an industry leading approach, designed to operate seamlessly within the existing ETF market.”

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The “tracking basket” methodology maintains confidentiality of a portfolio’s securities and trading strategies by disclosing a “tracking basket” comprised of select recently disclosed portfolio holdings, liquid U.S. ETFs that convey information about the types of instruments in which the fund invests, and cash and cash equivalents. This “tracking basket” is disclosed daily and is used to facilitate the creation and redemption process.

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1 As of January 5, 2022


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Release Summary

Principal® to add first semi-transparent ETF to its growing ETF line-up with regulatory approval to use Fidelity’s active equity ETF methodology


Media Contact: Phillip Nicolino, 515-362-0239,