NEW YORK, Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WisdomTree (NASDAQ:WETF), an exchange-traded product ("ETP") sponsor and asset manager, today announced the launch of the WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged International Quality Dividend Growth Fund (DHDG). DHDG seeks to provide exposure to developed international dividend-paying stocks with growth characteristics, while incorporating a dynamic element to mitigate currency exposure. DHDG has an expense ratio of 0.48% 1. Capturing International Quality Dividend Growth Dividend-paying equities have increasingly become an attractive option for investors looking to generate income and pursue higher total return potential. Approximately 50% of the world's investment opportunities are outside the U.S. 2 - for investors seeking income, international investments in dividend-paying companies offer a new horizon. WisdomTree's approach to international quality dividend growth uses a forward-looking process designed to capitalize on dividend growth trends as they occur, in an attempt to raise the probability of generating exposure to future dividend growers. To identify these stocks, strict growth and quality selection factors are used: earnings growth expectations, high return on equity (ROE) and high return on assets (ROA) - the last two being measures associated with "quality." Compensated vs. Uncompensated Risk Traditionally when investors allocate to foreign stocks, they take on local currency exposure as well. Developed world currencies can offer higher expected risk levels with no expected return enhancement. WisdomTree believes strategic hedging of currency exposure all the time is the most natural way to lower long-run volatility of international equity portfolios. However, a new way to hedge currency exposure looks to increase returns by adding hedges when they are expected to be more profitable. WisdomTree, as the Index provider, has again collaborated with Record Currency Management to provide currency signals that hedge currency exposure dynamically, based on a three-factors: interest rate differentials, value and momentum. "Investors often take on too much currency risk when they invest overseas. For those who do not want to make the timing decision themselves, DHDG will help dynamically adjust currency-hedge ratios based on a data-driven, transparent process. Adopting a dynamic approach with WisdomTree moves investors away from subjective calls and into a disciplined, factor-based approach to currency hedging. We believe our factors - carry, value and momentum - have potential to outperform both hedged and unhedged strategies over time by rotating currency hedges with their cycles," said Jeremy Schwartz, WisdomTree Director of Research.