ETF Securities teams up with Robo-Stox for global robotics ETF

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ETF Securities teams up with Robo-Stox for global robotics ETF

ETF Securities, a leading provider of exchange-traded funds, has partnered with Robo-Stox, a creator of indices tracking the robotics and automation industry, to launch the Robo-Stox Robotics and Automation GO UCITS ETF (ROBO) on the London Stock Exchange. Howie Li, Co-Head of Canvas, ETF Securities, said: “This investment solution will provide investors with a global portfolio of listed robotics and automation companies that capture activity from both emerging and established organisations that are highly diversified across countries, sectors and market capitalisation.”

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Source lists Eurozone banks ETF on LSE Source lists Eurozone banks ETF on LSE

Source, a leading European provider of exchange-traded funds, has listed a dedicated Eurozone banks ETF on the London Stock Exchange. The ETF provides exposure to banks within the Eurozone and is optimised to reduce exposure to illiquid stocks. The optimisation process applies various filters including a liquidity factor and a variable individual stock weight cap to produce a more representative and tradable sector benchmark. Michael John Lytle, Chief Development Officer at Source, said: “For investors who want to increase their exposure to Eurozone banks, this ETF provides the opportunity to gain access quickly and efficiently.”

WisdomTree debuts in Europe with launch of dividend-weighted ETFs on LSE WisdomTree makes European debut with launch of dividend-weighted ETFs on LSE

WisdomTree, the fifth largest sponsor of exchange-traded funds in the US, has announced the launch of its European UCITS ETF platform. In keeping with its reputation as a pioneer of smart beta ETFs, the sponsor has debuted with the listing of four dividend-weighted ETFs. Listed on the LSE, the ETFs provide exposure to large and small-cap US and European equities. Nik Bienkowski, Co-CEO of WisdomTree Europe, said: “We are extremely proud to be launching WisdomTree’s first UCITS ETFs in Europe. WisdomTree is founded on well-built indices, insightful research and a track record of innovation.”

Deutsche AWM lists equity factor ETFs on LSE Deutsche AWM lists equity factor ETFs on LSE

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (Deutsche AWM) has listed a range of strategic beta exchange-traded funds on the London Stock Exchange that provide investors with exposure to established equity factors: value, quality, momentum and low beta. Martin Weithofer, head of strategic beta at Deutsche AWM, commented: “Factor-based investing is moving from being a niche investment practice into the mainstream, and the launch of our strategic beta ETFs puts us in a strong position to meet this growing demand.”

Source, one of Europe’s leading providers of exchange-traded funds, and Ashmore, the specialist emerging markets investment manager, have partnered to launch a pair of ETFs that offer actively managed exposure to emerging market bonds. Michael John Lytle, Chief Development Officer at Source, commented: “Ashmore is one of the very few managers solely dedicated to emerging markets and with a very long and successful track record. Investors will now be able to access their expertise in active management while benefiting from the intra-day trading, liquidity and increased transparency of Source’s ETF structure.” Source, Ashmore partner to launch actively managed EM bond ETFs

Source, one of Europe’s leading providers of exchange-traded funds, and Ashmore, the specialist emerging markets investment manager, have partnered to launch a pair of ETFs that offer actively managed exposure to emerging market bonds. Michael John Lytle, Chief Development Officer at Source, commented: “Ashmore is one of the very few managers solely dedicated to emerging markets and with a very long and successful track record. Investors will now be able to access their expertise in active management while benefiting from the intra-day trading, liquidity and increased transparency of Source’s ETF structure.”

Equities

iShares launches factor ETF series iShares launches factor ETF series

iShares, the exchange-traded fund platform of BlackRock, has unveiled a series of “factor” ETFs designed for investors seeking to express more distinct views on specific drivers of risk and return. The funds, which have been listed on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse, further expand BlackRock’s “smart beta” offering, targeting sources of return which cannot be isolated through traditional market capitalisation weighted indices. Each fund provides access to global equity markets and seeks to offer targeted exposure to a specific factor that has historically provided enhanced risk adjusted returns: value, size, quality and momentum.

Commodities

Merk Gold ETF (OUNZ) makes first physical delivery Merk Gold ETF makes first physical delivery

The Merk Gold Trust (OUNZ), a deliverable gold exchange-traded fund, has successfully completed its first gold delivery. The ETF, which launched on the NYSE Arca in May, possesses an innovative feature which gives investors the option to take delivery of physical gold vaulted in London in exchange for their shares. On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, such a request was made. An investor submitted 5,406 shares of OUNZ to Merk requesting 54 American Buffalo gold coins to be delivered; the gold was successfully delivered on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Fixed Income

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Alternatives / Multi-Asset

First Asset launches actively managed Canadian REIT and dividend ETFs First Asset launches actively managed Canadian REIT and dividend ETFs

First Asset, a Toronto-based investment manager, has announced the launch of two new active exchange-traded funds: the First Asset Active Canadian REIT ETF (FRF) and the First Asset Active Canadian Dividend ETF (FDV). The ETFs, which have been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, provide actively managed exposure to real estate equities and dividend-paying stocks, respectively, listed in Canada.

ETF and Index News

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