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First Trust secures approval to sell exchange-traded funds in Mexico

Published 11 November 2014

First Trust Advisors L.P. (First Trust), a global ETF provider and asset manager, has secured approval from Mexican pension funds investment regulator, La Comisión Nacional del Sistema de Ahorro para el Retiro (CONSAR), to sell two of its ETFs for sale to Mexican funded pensions, known as AFORES.

According to Mexico's pension plan investment guidelines, before an ETF can be purchased in a pension fund, it must be approved by CONSAR.

"We are pleased that our first two AlphaDEX ETFs are officially approved for sale to Mexican pension funds," said Dan Lindquist, Managing Director of First Trust. "This opportunity helps to further expand the footprint of our merit-based AlphaDEX ETFs into a new institutional market for First Trust."

The two funds that have been approved are:
First Trust Large Cap Value AlphaDEX Fund
First Trust Large Cap Core AlphaDEX Fund

In addition, both funds are cross-listed on the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores under the same ticker symbols.

Currently, over 51 million Mexican workers save for their retirement in AFORES, according to CONSAR.

There are approximately $164 billion (USD) in assets under management in Mexican pension funds and CONSAR projects Mexico's retirement savings will grow to $225 billion (USD) by 2018.

"As Mexico's retirement savings grows, we are delighted to provide local pension managers an option for investing in index-based ETFs that seek risk-adjusted excess returns over time by selecting and weighting stocks based on fundamental merit-based factors," Lindquist said.

Source: Company Press Release