Understanding Smart Beta ETFs’ Indexes

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Smart beta ETFs make up a small, but growing, slice of the top three index providers’ business, based on ETF assets.

At First Bridge Data, a CFRA company, index-based ETFs are split between traditional beta funds that track a market-cap-weighted index; smart beta funds that track an alternatively weighted index; and leveraged/inverse ETFs that either amplify or seek to benefit from the decline in the returns of market-cap-weighted indexes.

Smart beta funds have gained in popularity in recent years, as investors have sought to improve on the reward or reduce the risk of traditional beta funds without employing leverage. Some smart beta types include dividend, low volatility, value and multifactor; the latter combines multiple metrics in one index-based approach.

Yet smart beta remains a modest percentage of ETF assets tied to indexes from the top three index providers as demand for lower-cost traditional beta funds has been even stronger.

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Triumph’s first e-bike is a welcome blend of technology and nostalgia

The mid-drive system, which is positioned between the pedals, draws power from an integrated but removable 504Wh Shimano battery that sits inside the frame’s down tube. The capacity is competitive with the broader e-bike industry. VanMoof’s S3 also ships with a 504Wh battery, and Bosch — which supplies e-bike components to brands like Cube and Cannondale — offers integrated PowerTubes in 400, 500 and 600Wh options.

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Assistance is provided by a mid-drive Shimano DU-E6100 motor.

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The bike has three main riding modes that you can switch between using thumb-sized buttons located near the left handlebar grip. There’s also a Walk mode, triggered by holding the bottom button down for a few seconds, that makes it easier to move the bike around once you’ve dismounted. That can be handy if you’re carrying lots of bags on the rear rack or simply pushing the machine for a prolonged period through a

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Canva Uncovered: How A Young Australian Kitesurfer Built A $3.2 Billion (Profitable!) Startup Phenom

On a steamy May morning in 2013, Canva CEO Melanie Perkins found herself adrift on a kiteboard in the channel between billionaire Richard Branson’s private Necker and Moskito islands. Her 30-foot sail floating deflated and useless beside her in the strong eastern Caribbean current, the 26-year-old entrepreneur waited for hours to be rescued. As she treaded water, her left leg scarred by a past collision with a coral reef, she reminded herself that her dangerous new hobby was worth it. After all, it was key to the fundraising strategy for the design-software startup she’d cofounded with her boyfriend six years before. Canva was based in Australia, thousands of miles from tech’s Silicon Valley power corridor. Getting a meeting—much less funding—was proving tough. Perkins heard “no” from more than 100 investors. So when she met the organizer… Read More

Toll Group Victimized Ransomware Attack

Australian logistics and freight transport powerhouse Toll Group announced on Tuesday that cybercriminals using ransomware known as “Nefilim” attacked its systems last week.

A corporate server containing information on current and former Toll employees and customers was infiltrated.

The Melbourne-based company said it shut down its information technology systems to mitigate the risk of further infection and has not given in to demands to pay a ransom in exchange for being allowed access to its data again. Toll noted that the server is not a database for customers’ operational data.

Toll, ranked among the top 20 third-party logistics providers in the world by gross revenue, said it is still investigating what specific data the attackers downloaded. It said the unidentified attacker is known to publish stolen data on the so-called dark web rather than conventional online platforms.

It is the second time this year hackers have targeted Toll Group. On

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