SIX: Ossiam launches Shiller Barclays CAPE® Europe ETF

Ossiam, the specialist smart beta investment manager and affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), has today listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange a new UCITS-compliant exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the Shiller Barclays CAPE® Europe Sector Value TR Index….

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The Ossiam Shiller Barclays CAPE® Europe Sector Value TR UCITS ETF 1C (EUR) is the first ETF in Europe based on the Shiller Barclays CAPE® Sector indices. The Shiller Barclays CAPE® Sector indices, developed jointly by Barclays and Professor Robert Shiller, use the Cyclically Adjusted Price-to-Earnings (CAPE®) ratio as a valuation driver in a sector rotational strategy. Ossiam plans to launch further ETFs based on the Shiller Barclays CAPE® Sector indices later this year.

Robert Shiller, with his graduate student John Campbell, devised the original CAPE® ratio in 1981. The CAPE® ratio is a widely followed valuation indicator for stocks, useful in detecting in advance future underperformers. The ratio compares the current value of a portfolio to inflation-adjusted aggregated earnings of its constituents averaged over ten years to remove the effects of business cycles. This makes the ratio suitable for investment decisions with a long-term focus.

Professor Shiller extended the CAPE® measure to equity sectors and, in collaboration with Barclays, designed a sector selection strategy based on this ratio. The strategy uses the Relative CAPE® indicator, a normalised version of the CAPE® ratio, supplemented with a momentum filter. The strategy aims to avoid overvalued sectors as well as eliminating potential value traps, creating a sector portfolio with value bias that helps to pick the right industries at the right point in time.

Bruno Poulin, CEO of Ossiam, said, “We are proud of our association with Barclays and Professor Robert Shiller which has enabled the development of the latest addition to our range of innovative funds. This is a long-term partnership we intend to continue for future projects. The Ossiam Shiller Barclays CAPE® Europe Sector Value TR ETF gives investors with a long-term horizon the ability to invest systematically in European that may appear as undervalued equity sectors using a highly reputable index in a way that has not been achieved with other fundamental alternatively-weighted index methodologies.“


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