PowerShares

AAA

DEFINITION of 'PowerShares'

A family of numerous domestic and international exchange-traded funds managed by the investment management company Invesco Ltd.


Founded in 2003, PowerShares trade like stocks on both U.S. and international stock exchanges, including the NASDAQ and NYSE Arca, and are intended to offer investors tax efficiency, transparency, flexibility and broad exposure.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'PowerShares'

Most ETFs are designed to track a market index. PowerShares, however, are designed to outperform market indexes. For this reason, the company refers to its ETFs as "next generation," "intelligent" or "value added" ETFs. The company's broad categories of ETFs offer investors choices such as actively managed ETFs, ETFs focused on earnings from dividend-paying stocks, green ETFs and fixed-income ETFs.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)

    A security that tracks an index, a commodity or a basket of assets ...
  2. Net Asset Value - NAV

    A mutual fund's price per share or exchange-traded fund's (ETF) ...
  3. Spiders - SPDR

    A short form of Standard & Poor's depositary receipt, an ...
  4. Index Fund

    A type of mutual fund with a portfolio constructed to match or ...
  5. iShares

    A large provider of exchange-traded funds, managed by the investment ...
  6. ETF Sponsor

    The company or financial institution which creates and administers ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Does index trading increase market vulnerability?

    The rise of index trading may increase the overall vulnerability of the stock market due to increased correlations between ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What does a high turnover ratio signify for an investment fund?

    If an investment fund has a high turnover ratio, it indicates it replaces most or all of its holdings over a one-year period. ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between passive and active asset management?

    Asset management utilizes two main investment strategies that can be used to generate returns: active asset management and ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Is there a situation in which wash trading is legal?

    Wash trading, the intentional practice of manipulating a stock's activity level to deceive other investors, is not a legal ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are some of the most popular ETFs that track the retail sector?

    Some of the most popular exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the retail sector include the iShares S&P Global Consumer ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Are there leveraged ETFs that follow the retail sector?

    There are many exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the retail sector or elements of the retail sector, and some of those ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    4 Ways To Use ETFs In Your Portfolio

    To take full advantage of these vehicles, you need to know how they can fulfill certain strategies.
  2. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Bond ETFs: A Viable Alternative

    Discover the advantages of a security that tracks bond index funds, but trades like a stock.
  3. Options & Futures

    The Benefits Of ETF Investing

    Exchange-traded funds provide unique opportunities for investors. Find out how.
  4. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Dollar-Cost Averaging With ETFs

    If you are investing small amounts regularly into an exchange-traded fund, be sure to do it right.
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Introduction To Exchange-Traded Funds

    Get into ETFs and enjoy the benefits of a mutual fund with the flexibility of a stock.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: SPDR S&P 500 Trust

    Find out more about the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, the characteristics of the exchange traded fund and the suitability of investing in the fund.
  7. Investing Basics

    Bitcoin ETFs: How Do They Work?

    ETFs offer a cost-effective, safe and hassle-free way to invest and trade bitcoins as stocks, without worrying about the security of digital wallets.
  8. Investing Basics

    Top 3 Ways to Manage Lump-Sum Windfalls

    Have you just had a load of money drop into your lap? If so, several enviable options are available to you. Which one is the best choice?
  9. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: Energy Select Sector SPDR

    Find out more about the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund, the top holdings of this exchange-traded fund and the characteristics of the fund.
  10. Economics

    What to Expect from Russia's Oil-Dependent Economy

    The fate of Russia's economy is for the most part determined by the price of oil. Here's how it's likely to play out.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Hedging Transaction

    A type of transaction that limits investment risk with the use of derivatives, such as options and futures contracts. Hedging ...
  2. Bogey

    A buzzword that refers to a benchmark used to evaluate a fund's performance. The benchmark is an index that reflects the ...
  3. Xetra

    An all-electronic trading system based in Frankfurt, Germany. Launched in 1997 and operated by the Deutsche Börse, the Xetra ...
  4. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  5. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  6. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!