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ALPS Launches Energy Infrastructure ETF

ETF Series Solutions brings to market a risk-weighted foreign-stock ETF under the Vident brand, Global X renames its hedge-fund-like "guru" ETF and plans similar funds containing value and activist managers' top holdings, and JP Morgan proposes its first 1940 Act ETF. Also, prospects dim for the likelihood of a physical copper ETF, and PowerShares envisions an international buyback achievers fund.

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On Friday, Nov. 1, ALPS debuted a passively managed exchange-traded fund that holds companies that operate in the North American energy infrastructure sector.

ALPS Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF (ENFR) tracks an Alerian index of 30 companies headquartered or incorporated in the United States and Canada that operate in the midstream energy space. Alerian structures the index so that certain categories of issuers comprise specific weightings in the index. As a result, midstream energy infrastructure master limited partnerships make up 25% of the index, U.S. MLP affiliates comprise another 30%, Canadian MLP affiliates make up another 10% of the index, U.S. energy infrastructure and power companies comprise 15% of the index, and Canadian energy infrastructure firms make up the remaining 20% of the index. Then, Alerian equally weights companies within their categories. The index contains 30 securities.

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Robert Goldsborough does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.