Wombat launches fund focusing on women in business

Wombat Invest has launched an ETF that tracks an index covering gender equality among major publicly listed companies

Mobile-only fractional app Wombat Invest has launched an innovative fund that focuses on companies taking the lead on gender equality.

The Women in Power fund tracks the stock price of companies in the UK and abroad that lead on board-level gender balance, parental benefits and equal opportunities and pay. They include Vodafone, Bank of America, ITV, Nike, Macy’s, Unilever and Mastercard.

Michaela Crisp, Head of Growth at London-based start-up Wombat, said: “Many recent studies have shown that gender diversity has a positive impact on company success by deepening the talent pool, improving organisational culture and bringing new perspectives on problems and challenges.

“At Wombat we want to make it both easy and interesting for everyone to invest. Launching this fund gives our users another opportunity to invest in their passions such as companies leading on gender equality and as a female in Fintech it’s crucial we are empowered to create the future for everyone.”

The exchange traded fund (ETF) aims to track the Solactive Equileap Global Gender Equality Net Total Return Index. This is an equally-weighted benchmark of 150 companies from around the world that score highly for gender equality according to 19 criteria.

The app is free to use until the user’s account value reaches £1,000. After that, users are charged at £1 per month plus 0.45% of the value of their investments.

Wombat Invest is one of the latest apps to cash in on the rapidly growing daytrading trend, which has seen apps like Robinhood soar in the US over the course of 2020.

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