LVHE - Legg Mason Emerging Markets Low Volatility High Dividend ETF



The Legg Mason Emerging Markets Low Volatility High Dividend ETF (LVHE) seeks to track the investment results of an underlying index composed of equity securities of emerging markets with relatively high yield and low price and earnings volatility.

  • LVHE may benefit investors seeking dividend-paying emerging market companies with lower volatility than traditional equity investments in these regions.
  • Hedges currency exposure in an attempt to further reduce volatility. 

The QS Emerging Markets Low Volatility High Dividend Hedged Index (the Index):

  • The Index starts with the securities across a range of market capitalizations that are included in the MSCI Emerging Markets IMI Index. 
  • Based on historical and projected data using QS Investors' proprietary methodology,
    • The index screens for profitable companies that have the potential to pay relatively high sustainable dividend yields.
    • Yields of the remaining securities are then scored higher or lower based on the attractiveness of their price and earnings volatility.
    • The portfolio is constructed to have the highest scoring securities subject to concentration limits: no individual component of the Index will exceed 2.5% of the Index, no individual sector will exceed 25%, no country will exceed 15%, no individual geographic region will exceed 50%, and real estate investment trust (REITs) components as a whole will not exceed 15%.
  • The Underlying Index’s components are reconstituted annually and rebalanced quarterly.

meet your managers

QS Investors is a quantitative asset manager that provides multi-asset class and global equity solutions. Their approach unites intellectual and academic precision with the power of data and technology in their quest to elevate the certainty of outcomes they deliver.

Russell Shtern, CFA (industry since 1998),and Michael LaBella, CFA (industry since 2005) have been associated with the Fund since 2015, have leadership responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Fund and each is responsible for the strategic oversight of the Fund's investments.

The managers are responsible for the strategic oversight of the fund's investments. Their focus is on portfolio structure, and they are primarily responsible for ensuring that the fund complies with its investment objective, guidelines and restrictions and current investment strategies.

Legg Mason's unique structure provides you with access to this specialized expertise, offering a powerful portfolio of solutions through our independent investment management firms. 

Russell Shtern, CFA

Head of Equity Portfolio Management

Michael J. LaBella, CFA

Head of Global Equity Strategy

The QS Emerging Markets Low Volatility High Dividend Hedged Index is based on a proprietary methodology created and sponsored by QS Investors, LLC. The methodology calculates a composite “stable yield” score, with the yield of stocks with relatively higher price and/or earnings volatility adjusted downward and the yield of stocks with relatively lower price and/or earnings volatility adjusted upward. In addition, the “stable yield” score of stocks from countries with relatively high interest rates compared to the US is adjusted downward and the score of stocks with relatively low interest rates is adjusted upward, so as to reflect the implicit cost of currency hedging. The Index weights are then calculated to maximize its stable yield score subject to concentration limits, liquidity requirements and turnover restraints. The Index includes stocks with a high “stable yield” score, with weightings taking into account liquidity requirements and concentration limits on sector exposures, country exposures, and individual stock holdings. Process takes into account foreign withholding taxes on dividend payments to minimize their impact on distribution yield. Strategy uses local terms (currencies) to measure volatility. The components of the Underlying Index, and the degree to which these components represent certain sectors and geographies, may change over time.

What I Should Know
Before Investing

The Fund is newly organized, with a limited history of operations. Equity securities are subject to price fluctuation and possible loss of principal. Dividends are not guaranteed, and a company may reduce or eliminate its dividend at any time. International investments are subject to special risks including currency fluctuations, social, economic and political uncertainties, which could increase volatility. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. The Fund may focus its investments in certain industries, increasing their vulnerability to market volatility. There is no guarantee that a Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation to the index it seeks to track. The Fund does not seek to outperform the index it tracks, and does not seek temporary defensive positions when markets decline or appear overvalued. Derivatives, such as options and futures, can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses, and have a potentially large impact on Fund performance. In rising markets, the value of large-cap stocks may not rise as much as that of smaller-cap stocks. Small- and-mid-cap stocks involve greater risks and volatility than large cap stocks. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are closely linked to the performance of the real estate markets. REITs are subject to illiquidity, credit and interest rate risks, and risks associated with small and mid-cap investments. Currency investing contains heightened risk that includes market, political and regulatory conditions, and may not be suitable for all investors. 


Performance shown represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Market price returns are typically based upon the mid-point between the bid and ask on the fund’s principal trading market when the fund’s NAV is determined, which is typically 4 pm eastern time (US). These returns will not represent your returns had you traded shares at other times.

Shareholders may pay more than net asset value when they buy Fund shares and receive less than net asset value when they sell those shares, because shares are bought and sold at current market prices. 

*Distribution rate is calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution amount paid, excluding special distributions, divided by the closing market price or NAV. 

**Gross expenses are the Fund's total annual operating expenses. There are currently no fee waivers in effect, so gross and net expenses are identical.


IMPORTANT HOLDINGS INFORMATION: Portfolio holdings are based on total portfolio, and are subject to change at any time. Holdings are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell any security. Any negative allocations or allocations in excess of 100% are primarily due to unsettled trade activities.


Distributions are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

The per share distribution amounts presented above reflect the distribution rates that were paid to shareholders on the indicated payable dates. The character of distributions for certain funds may have been subsequently adjusted for tax purposes. Shareholders can determine which funds may have reclassified the tax character of distributions by visiting the Tax Center in Account Services. Information on reclassifications for distributions paid during the current calendar year will not be available until the first quarter of the following year.

When the value of a fund holding increases, the fund has an unrealized capital gain until the fund sells or otherwise disposes of the holding.  Upon disposition of the appreciated holding, the fund realizes the gain. Under U.S. tax laws, during its taxable year, a fund must distribute all capital gains that it has realized from the disposition of fund holdings, net of realized losses, so the fund will not be subject to an entity level income tax.  

Consequently, a fund’s capital gain distribution in a particular year is a result of the disposition of holdings that may have appreciated in value, perhaps during prior years when the fund’s returns were positive.   To the extent that a fund has long-term capital gains that exceed current period and deferred short-term capital losses from a prior year, a fund may have distributable gains that will be distributed to shareholders.  Such gains would be distributed to shareholders as a long-term capital gain distribution no matter how long the shareholder has owned shares in the mutual fund. 

While the fund may itself gain or lose value over the course of a year, a capital gain distribution paid by the fund may not be indicative of current performance of the fund.  The distributable amount of net capital gains are calculated under U.S. tax laws and are paid on a per-share basis to all investors who hold shares of the fund on the record date of the distribution. A shareholder must report the amount of net gains distributed to them on their income tax return regardless of when the gains or losses arose in the fund.

Please see a fund’s annual report for specific information regarding distributions and unrealized capital gains.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please see each product’s webpage for specific details regarding investment objective, risks, performance and other important information. Review this information carefully before you make any investment decision. Investors cannot invest directly in an index, and unmanaged index returns do not reflect any fees, expenses or sales charges.

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