Goldman Sachs Plans to Launch ActiveBeta ETFs

Switching gears from the glory days of managing the Global Alpha hedge fund, Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) wants a piece of the US$ 2 trillion U.S. exchange-traded fund (ETF) industry. The ETF market continues to grow in weight and popularity.

In December, Goldman Sachs filed papers and revealed plans for 11 exchange-traded funds that embrace smart beta and hedge fund replication. Goldman Sachs’ version of smart beta has been trademarked “ActiveBeta” and a name of one of the hedge fund replication ETFs is called Goldman Sachs Equity Long Short Hedge Fund Tracker ETF.


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Goldman Sachs ETFs

Smart Beta Hedge Fund Replication
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta International Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Emerging Markets Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Relative Value Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Europe Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Equity Long Short Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Japan Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Event Driven Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Macro Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta U.S. Small Cap Equity ETF

Source: SEC Filing

Smart Beta Acquisitions

In April 2014, Goldman Sachs acquired smart beta specialist Westpeak Global Advisors LLC. The tiny advisor had around US$ 300 million in assets at the time of purchase. Victory Capital Management purchased a smart beta provider and IndexIQ, a small ETF company, was sold to New York Life Investment Management, a unit of New York Life Insurance Co. IndexIQ will be part of New York Life’s Mainstay Investments platform.


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