Factor ETFs

When you want more than just vanilla, we’ve got a variety of factor ETFs that can help enhance your portfolio returns and manage risk.

Why invest in Factor ETFs

Factor ETFs, sometimes referred to as smart beta1 ETFs, specifically target drivers of return to optimize portfolio performance. These ETFs utilize rules-based strategies aimed at outperforming traditional benchmarks or achieving particular investment objectives such as low volatility, quality, dividends, equal weight, and value. Depending on your financial goals and market outlook, you can tilt your portfolio towards a factor to mitigate market risk, to target excess returns, or achieve both.

Explore our Factor ETF strategies

BMO ETFs deliver the right factor exposures to help build effective portfolios. Our line-up includes select factors that perform in different market cycles and provide the potential for better risk adjusted returns. Discover our factor strategies:

Low Volatility

BMO Low Volatility ETFs allow investors to target a specific portfolio risk level that is lower than the broad market. The strategy can be used as a core, long-term investment with the potential to minimize risk, while still providing growth opportunities.


BMO Quality ETFs invest in companies that have a sustainable competitive advantage with high quality scores based on three variables: high return on equity, stable earnings growth, and low financial leverage.


BMO Dividend ETFs are designed to generate high level of sustainable dividend income, as well as the potential for portfolio gains. BMO’s dividend factor screens for historical growth, momentum, and sustainability of dividends to provide investors a diversified core solution.


BMO Value ETFs utilize a strategy designed to choose undervalued companies and sidestep potential value traps by selecting stocks based on our core value metrics – low forward price-to-earnings, low price-to-book, and low enterprise value-to-cash flow from operations. When combined, these value descriptors provide a more accurate value assessment.

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You can purchase BMO ETFs through your direct investing account with your online broker, or through your investment advisor.

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1 Beta: A measure of the volatility, or systematic risk, of a security or a portfolio in comparison to the market as a whole.


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