Alternatives / Multi-Asset

First Trust launches first active FX ETF in Europe

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
Currency Trading

London-based ETF issuer First Trust Global Portfolios has launched the First Trust FactorFX UCITS ETF (LON: FTFX), Europe’s first actively managed exchange-traded fund investing in foreign exchange markets. The ETF will primarily seek to earn alpha through the implementation of multiple carry trades, a strategy which seeks to capitalise on the interest rate differential between various currencies.



SIX launches SXI Swiss Real Estate All Shares Index

Jul 26th, 2017 | By
SIX Switzerland Swiss Real Estate Property

SIX Swiss Exchange has introduced the SXI Real Estate All Shares Index, tracking the performance of companies operating within the real estate sector with a primary listing on SIX. The index is an extension of the existing SXI Real Estate Index family and is suitable to underlie future investment products including ETFs.



ETF Securities comments on outlook for the euro

Jul 24th, 2017 | By
Tradeweb reports strong buying of equity ETFs during July

By Martin Arnold, global FX & commodity strategist at ETF Securities.

European Central Bank (ECB) President Draghi wants to engineer a smooth transition away from ultra stimulative monetary policy…but not too soon, because inflationary forces remain depressed. The problem is the strength of the euro, which further depresses inflation. The ECB wants a weaker euro…



First Trust to launch actively managed currency ETF on LSE

Jul 17th, 2017 | By
First Trust to launch actively managed currency ETF on London Stock Exchange

London-based ETF issuer First Trust Global Portfolios is to launch the First Trust FactorFX UCITS ETF (LON: FTFX), an actively managed exchange-traded fund investing in foreign exchange markets. The ETF will primarily seek to earn alpha through the implementation of various carry trades, a strategy which seeks to capitalise on the interest rate differential between various currencies.



BMO launches enhanced income covered call ETFs

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
Rob Thorpe, head of UK intermediary, BMO Global Asset Management

BMO Global Asset Management has launched a suite of enhanced income ETFs on London Stock Exchange. The three ETFs – tracking UK, eurozone and US equities – provide exposure to stocks with sustainable dividend yields and also utilise a covered call option overlay strategy. Rob Thorpe, head of UK intermediary, BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA), said: “Investors’ search for yield is as strong as ever, as is their focus on ensuring their portfolios are protected on the downside, minimising volatility risk.”



Barclays launches new US merger arbitrage index

Jul 3rd, 2017 | By
WisdomTree to acquire Canada-based ETF provider Questrade

Barclays has launched the Barclays Merger Arbitrage US Index, a new addition to the Barclays range of Quantitative Investment Strategies. The index, which is suitable to underlie future investment products such as ETFs, will allow investors to access potential returns from the successful completion of announced merger deals in the US.



ClearShares launches actively managed multi-asset ETF

Jun 30th, 2017 | By
Elliott Wislar, CEO of Clearbrook Global Advisors

US-based Clearbrook Global Advisors has launched their exchange-traded fund platform ClearShares with the introduction of the ClearShares OCIO ETF (NYSE: OCIO). OCIO is an ETF of ETFs, offering access to an actively managed, diverse portfolio of passive index‐based ETFs and actively managed ETFs.



Harvest Portfolios lists global REIT income leaders ETF

Jun 26th, 2017 | By
Harvest Portfolios lists global REIT income leaders ETF

Harvest Portfolios Group has launched the Global REIT Leaders Income ETF (Toronto: HGR), an actively managed ETF investing in real estate investment trusts (REITs) listed globally.



Inverse sterling ETFs in demand following UK election result

Jun 14th, 2017 | By
Edith Southammakosane, multi-asset strategist at ETF Securities

Investors reacted to the UK election on 9 June 2017 by increasing their exposure to short GBP ETPs, according to ETF Securities’ weekly ETF/ETP flows analysis.



Solactive and Panthera Solutions launch global multi-asset index

Jun 8th, 2017 | By
Solactive and Panthera Solutions launch global market portfolio index

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive and asset allocation consultancy Panthera Solutions have launched the Solactive Panthera World Market Portfolio Index, a multi-asset allocation tracking the performance of 11 asset classes through a combination of ETFs and minor cash positions.