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Avantis Investors® Launches New Active ETF


Kansas City, Missouri
Image with the following text: A new international small cap equity ETF now available - AVDS

Avantis Investors®, a $27 billion* investment offering from global asset manager American Century Investments®, launched a new exchange traded fund (ETF) today. Avantis International Small Cap Equity ETF (AVDS)3, 4 is now listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE Arca, Inc.) and is the latest addition to Avantis Investors' growing ETF lineup.

"Launching new strategies is fun – especially when it is something clients are asking for," said Avantis Chief Investment Strategist Phil McInnis. "The Avantis International Small Cap Equity ETF compliments the already available Avantis U.S. Small Cap Equity ETF (AVSC)4. It applies the same principles but now to international markets."

Avantis International Small Cap Equity ETF

AVDS invests primarily in a diverse group of non-U.S. small cap companies across market sectors, industry groups and countries. The actively managed fund seeks long-term capital appreciation and selects securities of companies that it expects to have higher returns by placing enhanced emphasis on profitability and value characteristics. Conversely, the fund will underweight or exclude securities it expects to have lower returns based on lower level of profitability and less attractive value characteristics. It has a gross expense ratio of 0.30%.

The ETF will be co-managed by Avantis Chief Investment Officer Eduardo Repetto and Senior Portfolio Managers Mitchell Firestein, Daniel Ong, CFA and Ted Randall, and Portfolio Manager Matthew Dubin. The four active ETFs launched by Avantis last month are also co-managed by Repetto, Firestein, Ong, Randall and Dubin.

"We are excited to add another small cap ETF to our lineup," said Firestein. "We believe AVDS provides an efficient way to get exposure to small cap companies in international markets at an attractive expense ratio."

Last month, Avantis launched four ETFs: Avantis All Equity Markets Value ETF (AVGV)1, 2, 3, 4, Avantis All International Markets Equity ETF (AVNM)1, 2, 3, 4, Avantis All International Markets Value ETF (AVNV)1, 2, 3, 4 and Avantis Moderate Allocation ETF (AVMA)1, 2, 3, 4, 5. All four ETFs are "fund of funds," and utilize a range of existing Avantis ETFs to build out multi-region and multi-asset class solutions.

Today's new fund, as well as the four launched in June, join Avantis' lineup of ETFs and mutual funds spanning equities, fixed income and real estate. Current Avantis funds include:

Avantis helps clients achieve their investment goals through a persistent focus on providing well-diversified investment solutions that fit seamlessly into asset allocations and combine the potential for added value with the consistency of indexing. Repetto and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Keating, CFA, CPA have led Avantis since its start.

About American Century Investments

  • Who We Are

    American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting breakthrough medical research.

  • Quick Facts

    Founded in 1958, American Century Investments' 1,400 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in Kansas City, Missouri; New York; Los Angeles; Santa Clara, California; Portland, Oregon; London; Frankfurt, Germany; Hong Kong; and Sydney.

  • Management

    Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang serves as chief investment officer.

  • Giving Back

    Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40% of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, nonprofit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40% of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of more than $2 billion since 2000.

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International investing involves special risks, such as political instability and currency fluctuations. Investing in emerging markets may accentuate these risks.

Historically, small- and/or mid-cap stocks have been more volatile than the stock of larger, more-established companies. Smaller companies may have limited resources, product lines and markets, and their securities may trade less frequently and in more limited volumes than the securities of larger companies.

Generally, as interest rates rise, the value of the bonds held in the fund will decline. The opposite is true when interest rates decline.

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs): Foreside Fund Services, LLC - Distributor, not affiliated with American Century Investment Services, Inc.

Mutual Funds: American Century Investment Services, Inc., Distributor.

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