The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Northern Trust Developed Markets ex US Quality Low Volatility IndexSM (the “Underlying Index”).
1. Invests in developed market-based companies and employs quality factor as a tool to potentially mitigate future volatility
2. Utilize constraints to help optimize and remove biases
3. Maximize exposure to low volatility factor
Many investors have discrete goals in mind when they consider long-term growth of their investment portfolios. A few of the common goals include retirement savings, education plans, capital purchases, bequests and/or charitable intentions. Capital appreciation emphasizes the components of an investment portfolio dedicated to achieving long-term goals. It goes beyond wealth preservation and focuses on potential return on principal. There is an expansive array of investment options with an emphasis on equities. FlexShares capital appreciation strategies may complement investor’s portfolios by offering targeted solutions that seek to meet specific goals over defined time horizons. Risk-adjusted returns, risk tolerance, time horizon and performance expectations are key considerations when designing and delivering capital appreciation solutions.
The Northern Trust Developed Markets ex-US Quality Low Volatility Index (Underlying Index) is designed to reflect the performance of a selection of companies that, in aggregate, possess lower overall absolute volatility characteristics relative to the Northern Trust Global Index, excluding the United States. The Underlying Index looks to select companies from the Parent Index that are designated as Large/Mid cap companies as defined by the Parent Index and exhibit financial strength and stability (i.e., quality) characteristics. The Underlying Index seeks to enhance risk-return characteristics and have lower volatility to the broader developed ex-US equity market.