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ESMA and EDHEC on Indexes and Tracking Errors

Feb 1st, 2012 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Indexes, ETFs

Since transaction costs and the illiquidity of certain portions of an index make ideal tracking impossible, there will be a difference between the return of a tracking ETF, such as those tracking ETFs that are structured as UCITS in Europe, and the return of the underlying index or benchmark. The European Securities and Markets Authority maintains that investors should be informed of the factors that are likely to affect the size and the volatility of this difference. Read More