Montvale and Totowa, NJ (PRWEB) May 16, 2011
FocusShares, LLC, a registered investment advisor (RIA), exchange-traded fund (ETF) sponsor, and affiliate of online investing firm Scottrade, Inc., has implemented SunGard’s Asset Arena Investment Management, APT and Asset Arena Reconciliation integrated solution for its newly launched exchange-traded funds (ETF) business. The solution supports the entire portfolio management process from portfolio construction through trading, compliance and reconciliation.
SunGard will help FocusShares achieve straight-through processing to help optimize its trading processes, maximize efficiency and minimize transaction costs. FocusShares will use SunGard’s APT’s risk management tools to help it closely track the funds’ underlying indexes. Once the portfolios are constructed, Asset Arena Investment Management will process the trade outputs in real-time, helping ensure appropriate compliance and enabling active portfolio and position management.
SunGard’s APT is an award-winning risk management, portfolio construction and optimization solution. SunGard’s Asset Arena Investment Management supports lifecycle management for investment decision making, order processing and compliance monitoring. The combined solution will provide FocusShares’ ETF business with an integrated workflow and straight-through portfolio optimization and order management solution.
Focus Morningstar ETFs began trading March 30, 2011 on NYSE Arca and are the first investment products sponsored by FocusShares since being acquired in June 2010 by Scottrade Financial Services, Inc., the parent holding company of Scottrade, Inc.
Kris Wallace, head of portfolio management and product development at FocusShares, said, “SunGard’s end-to-end solution spanning various parts of the portfolio, compliance and risk management value chain will be absolutely essential in helping us run our ETF business. While our initial offering focuses on U.S.-listed equities, SunGard provides us with a scalable solution that will help us expand our product offerings in the future.”
Martin Boyd, president of SunGard’s asset management business, said, “ETFs are rapidly gaining popularity as a flexible, cost-effective vehicle for diversified investing. SunGard has invested in this growing area with integrated solutions that help consolidate risk and portfolio management and help promote growth and efficiency in the ETF market.”
The FocusTM Morningstar ETFs include a US Market ETF (FMU); Small Cap (FOS), Mid Cap (FMM) and Large Cap (FLG) ETFs; and 11 sector ETFs, including Basic Materials (FBM), Communication Services (FCQ), Consumer Cyclical (FCL), Consumer Defensive (FCD), Energy (FEG), Financial Services (FFL), Health Care (FHC), Industrials (FIL), Real Estate (FRL), Technology (FTQ) and Utilities (FUI).
About FocusShares, LLC
FocusShares, LLC, is a registered investment advisor (RIA), exchange-traded funds (ETF) sponsor and wholly-owned subsidiary of Scottrade Financial Services, Inc. FocusShares launched 15 FocusTM Morningstar ETFs in March 2011 that are based on Morningstar® US Market, Large Cap, Mid Cap and Small Cap broad market indexes and 11 sector indexes, including Basic Materials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, Consumer Defensive, Energy, Financial Services, Health Care, Industrials, Real Estate, Technology and Utilities. FocusShares, LLC, is based in Montvale, N.J. For more information, visit us at http://www.focusshares.com.
About Scottrade Financial Services, Inc.
Scottrade Financial Services, Inc. is the privately-held holding company for Scottrade, Inc., a leading online investing firm; Scottrade Bank, a provider of online retail banking products and services; and FocusShares, LLC, a registered investment advisor (RIA) and exchange-traded funds (ETF) sponsor. Scottrade, Inc. was founded in 1980 to provide investors with a better way to invest and make their own trading decisions. Today, it has the largest branch network among online investing firms and provides education to help millions of investors invest for themselves. Scottrade Bank was formed in 2008 to provide banking products and services to Scottrade customers. In 2010, Scottrade Financial Services, Inc., acquired FocusShares, which launched the Focus Morningstar ETFs in March 2011. Scottrade Financial Services, Inc., is based in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, visit us at http://www.scottrade.com.
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ETFs are subject to commission costs each time a “buy” or “sell” is executed. Depending on the amount of trading activity, the low costs of ETFs may be outweighed by commissions and related trading costs.
Before investing in any Focus Morningstar ETF, you should carefully consider the applicable fund’s investments objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the applicable fund’s prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting the FocusShares website at http://www.focusshares.com. Please read the fund prospectus carefully before you invest.
An investment in any Focus Morningstar fund is subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. Sector funds tend to be riskier and more volatile than broad market funds because they are less diversified. Investing in mid- and small-capitalization companies may be more volatile than those of larger companies. The Focus Morningstar funds are new, and there can be no assurance that active trading markets will develop or be maintained.
Foreside Fund Services, LLC is the distributor of the Focus Morningstar funds.
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