Updated Saturday, October 25, 2014 as of 11:20 AM ET

The Growing Revolution in Alternatively Weighted Indices

Since the launch of the first equal-weighted index in 2003, investors have enthusiastically embraced alternative weighted ETFs. In the past 10 years, the number of non-cap-weighted ETFs has grown from zero to 258, with assets exceeding $140 billion, according to Index Universe as of the end of 2012. These include a wide range of approaches—from equal weight to fundamental weight, to volatility weighted, to factor weighted, and more. Whether investors are looking for broad market indices, or regional, sector, and style-based strategies, they now have access to hundreds of new choices that track these indices for their portfolios.

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