Factor Advisors puts spread-trading ETFs on the menu

New ETFs aim to make spread trading cheaper and more accessible

In an effort to meet investor demand for spread trading in ETF form, asset management firm Factor Advisors has teamed up with electronic market-maker Interactive Brokers to offer investors five commission-free exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on the Trader Workstation platform.

The FactorShares ETFs provide investors with access to daily spreads between major asset classes within a single ETF position.

“Spread trading would ordinarily require two positions: a long and a short,” says Stuart Rosenthal,

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