Entries by Eric Smyth

Inspire’s Global Hope ETF (NYSE: BLES) Breaks $100 Million AUM In Under Two Years

San Jose, Calif., March 06, 2019 – Inspire Investing’s biblically responsible ETF, Inspire Global Hope ETF (NYSE: BLES), recently surpassed the $100 million AUM mark in under 2 years of trading. This comes despite a controversial launch on the New York Stock Exchange back on February 28th, 2017 when media outlets attacked the biblical values that Inspire and other biblically responsible investment managers advocate for.

Inspire’s commitment to supporting biblical values such as pro-life, traditional marriage and ending human trafficking with their investment offerings seems to resonate with investors across the globe.

Here is what Inspire CEO, Robert Netzly, had to say about the fund’s asset growth:

“When we launched BLES, there was skepticism from the industry and the media that an ETF managed according to biblical principles would gather much, if any, assets. We are incredibly humbled at the outcry of support from investors across the globe that are choosing to align their investments with their faith. This movement is just getting started!”

About Inspire Global Hope ETF (NYSE: BLES)

Inspire Global Hope ETF is a faith-based ESG (environmental, social and governance) global equity ETF that seeks to deliver quality performance characteristics while also creating meaningful impact in the lives of people across the globe.

BLES invests on a global scale, searching out inspiring, biblically aligned large companies (with a $5B+ market cap) from both the U.S. and around the world, as determined by Inspire’s revolutionary Inspire Impact Score methodology. This methodology measures a company’s positive impact on the world. BLES targets a geographic composition of 50% United States, 40% developed international and 10% emerging markets. The fund is equally-weighted, rebalanced quarterly and is designed as a core equity holding.

BLES was also nominated as a finalist for “Best New ESG ETF – 2017” in the ETF.com & Inside ETFs Industry Awards and currently has registered net assets over $106M as of February 26th, 2019.

For more information on the Inspire Global Hope ETF [NYSE: BLES], including performance, fact sheets, prospectus and other information, visit http://www.inspireETF.com/etf/inspire-global-hope-large-cap-etf/.

Rapid Growth

Despite the controversial launch, BLES has grown rapidly along with Inspire’s other biblically responsible ETFs, helping Inspire gain recognition as the #5 fastest growing registered investment advisor (RIA) firm in the nation in 2017, according to Financial Advisor Magazine’s “Top 50 Fastest Growing RIAs” annual report.

All four of Inspire’s ETFs total over $277M AUM as of February 26th, 2019.

About Inspire Investing

Inspire Investing is a leading biblically responsible investing firm that specializes in index based, biblically responsible ETFs. Inspire ETFs utilize the innovative Inspire Impact Score methodology, which measures a company’s positive impact on the world to identify companies that align with the values of faith-based investors.

Inspire also donates 50% or more of their own corporate profits generated from management fees to support impactful ministry projects around the globe. Most recently Inspire adopted a village in the coffee farming mountains of Guatemala and is working to provide a church building, clean water, improved education, a fully functional medical clinic, and child sponsorship to completely transform the lives of the those living in that impoverished village.

Visit www.inspireinvesting.com to learn more about Inspire’s biblically responsible investment products and inspiring impact projects.

Important Risk Information:1 Inspire, the adviser, provides the index for the Inspire Funds to track.  The indexes use software that analyzes publicly available data relating to the primary business activities, products and services, philanthropy, legal activities, policies and practices when assigning Inspire Impact Scores to a company.  The securities with the highest Inspire Impact Scores are included in the Indexes and are equally weighted.  As the Fund may not fully replicate the Index, it is subject to the risk that investment management strategy may not produce the intended results.

Past performance is no guarantee that the Funds will achieve their objective, generate positive returns, or avoid losses.

Securities in the Index or in the Fund’s portfolio may underperform in comparison to the general securities markets or other asset classes. The Fund may focus its investments in securities of a particular industry to the extent the Index does. This may cause the Fund’s net asset value to fluctuate more than that of a fund that does not focus in a particular industry. Fluctuations in the value of equity securities held by the Fund will cause the net asset value (“NAV”) of the Fund to fluctuate.

Investments in foreign securities could subject the Fund to greater risks including, currency fluctuation, economic conditions, and different governmental and accounting standards.

The Fund is not actively managed and the Adviser will not sell shares of an equity security due to current or projected underperformance of a security, industry or sector, unless that security is removed from the Index or the selling of shares of that security is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Index as addressed in the Index methodology. Tracking error may occur because of imperfect correlation between the Fund’s holdings of portfolio securities and those in the Index. The Fund’s use of a representative sampling approach, if used, could result in its holding a smaller number of securities than are in the Index. To the extent the assets in the Fund are smaller, these risks will be greater.

Before investing, consider the funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses.  To obtain a prospectus which contains this and other information, call 877.658.9473, or visit https://www.inspireetf.com.  Read it carefully.  The Inspire ETFs are distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. 

Inspire and Northern Lights Distributors, LLC are not affiliated. 3188-NLD-3/5/2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Inspire’s Biblical Bond ETF Named Finalist for ETF.com Awards

San Jose, Calif., February 14, 2019 – Just released by ETF.com, Inspire’s Corporate Bond Impact ETF (NYSE: IBD) has been named as a finalist in the “Thematic ETF of the Year – 2018” category for the 2018 ETF.com Awards.

Here is what Inspire CEO, Robert Netzly, had to say about the fund being an award finalist: “We are truly honored that Inspire has been nominated as a finalist for these prestigious awards two years in a row. Every recognition like this validates the growth of the biblically responsible investing movement, including in the fixed income space. We’re excited that IBD is providing value to investors across the globe.”

About Inspire Corporate Bond Impact ETF (NYSE: IBD)

Inspire Corporate Bond Impact ETF is a faith-based ESG (environmental, social and governance) bond ETF that seeks to deliver quality performance characteristics while also creating meaningful impact in the lives of people across the globe. This fund seeks to replicate investment results that generally correspond to the performance of the Inspire Corporate Bond Impact Index.

Inspire ringing New York Stock Exchange closing bell.

IBD invests in higher credit quality, investment grade fixed income securities of some of the most inspiring, biblically aligned large companies in the United States, as measured by the companies’ Inspire Impact Score. The Inspire Impact Score is Inspire’s proprietary methodology of identifying alignment with positive, biblical values across environmental, social and governance categories.

The Inspire Corporate Bond Impact ETF (NYSE: IBD) is the largest ESG themed fixed income ETF currently on the US market, beating out such industry giants as iShares, Nuveen, and VanEck. IBD currently has assets of $66.10M.

About ETF.com Awards

The ETF.com Awards, presented by ETF.com and Inside ETFs, are the most widely recognized and respected awards for the exchange traded fund industry.

To be recognized as a finalist, investment firms must be selected by the ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee comprised of senior leaders at ETF.com, Inside ETFs and FactSet.

Only five finalists made it through to a nomination in the “Thematic ETF of the Year” category, including funds from Invesco, Amplify, VanEck, EventShares and Inspire Investing. The winners in each category are being announced at an exclusive gala dinner on March 28 at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61 in New York.

The Awards Selection Committee who will choose the winners for this year’s awards are:

Kim Arthur, Main Management

Eric Balchunas, Bloomberg Intelligence

Ben Blaisdell, US Trust

Rob Glownia, RiverFront

Tom Lydon, ETFtrends

Phil Mackintosh, Virtu

Tyler Mordy, Forstrong Global Asset Management

Jason Nicastro, LPL Financial

Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA

Jim Wiandt, Industry Expert

About Inspire Investing

Inspire Investing is a leading biblically responsible investing firm that specializes in index based, biblically responsible ETFs. Inspire ETFs utilize the innovative Inspire Impact Score methodology, which measures a company’s positive impact on the world to identify companies that align with the values of faith-based investors.

Inspire also donates 50% or more of their own corporate profits generated from management fees to support impactful ministry projects around the globe. Most recently Inspire adopted a village in the coffee farming mountains of Guatemala and is working to provide a church building, clean water, improved education, a fully functional medical clinic, and child sponsorship to completely transform the lives of the those living in that impoverished village.

Visit www.inspireinvesting.com to learn more about Inspire’s biblically responsible investment products and inspiring impact projects.

Important Risk Information:1 Inspire, the adviser, provides the index for the Inspire Funds to track.  The indexes use software that analyzes publicly available data relating to the primary business activities, products and services, philanthropy, legal activities, policies and practices when assigning Inspire Impact Scores to a company.  The securities with the highest Inspire Impact Scores are included in the Indexes and are equally weighted.  As the Fund may not fully replicate the Index, it is subject to the risk that investment management strategy may not produce the intended results.

Past performance is no guarantee that the Funds will achieve their objective, generate positive returns, or avoid losses.

Fixed-income securities will fluctuate with changes in interest rates. Typically, a rise in interest rates causes a decline in the value of fixed-income securities owned by the Fund. While the shares of ETFs are tradable on secondary markets, they may not readily trade in all market conditions and may trade at significant discounts in periods of market stress. ETFs trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk, fluctuate in market value and may trade at prices above or below the ETF’s net asset value. Brokerage commissions and ETF expenses will reduce returns. The Fund is a new fund with a limited history of operations for investors to evaluate. There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objective. Securities in the Index or in the Fund’s portfolio may underperform in comparison to the general securities markets or other asset classes.

Before investing, consider the funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses.  To obtain a prospectus which contains this and other information, call 877.658.9473, or visit https://www.inspireetf.com.  Read it carefully.  The Inspire ETFs are distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. 3150-NLD-2/13/2019

Inspire and Northern Lights Distributors, LLC are not affiliated.