Alternatives / Multi-Asset

BlackRock: 2017 an extraordinary year for ETFs

Jan 17th, 2018 | By
Patrick Mattar, a managing director within the iShares EMEA capital markets team

BlackRock, the parent of the iShares, has published its latest ETP Landscape report, which in this edition looks back at 2017 – an extraordinary year for ETPs. Patrick Mattar, a managing director within the iShares EMEA capital markets team, highlights five key stories behind the 2017 European ETP flows.



Tradeweb reports net selling of ETFs across all asset classes in December

Jan 11th, 2018 | By
Tradeweb reports net selling across all ETF asset classes in December

Tradeweb has reported net selling of ETFs across all asset classes on its European ETF marketplace during December.



ETF managed portfolios AUM up strongly, reports Morningstar

Jan 9th, 2018 | By
Vanguard cross-lists Euro Stoxx 50 ETF to SIX

Investment research firm Morningstar has published the latest instalment of its ETF Managed Portfolios Landscape Report. The report, which covers the third-quarter of 2017, found that total assets under management in the ETF managed portfolios segment increased 7.5% to $115.0 billion. Vanguard retained its position at the top of the mountain with over $9.1bn in AUM across 44 strategies.



WisdomTree: Hedging duration risk using inverse ETFs

Jan 4th, 2018 | By
Viktor Nossek , director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

In articulating its exit-plan from the QE programme in October, the ECB delivered a clear message:  the eurozone economic recovery is self-sustaining and no longer in need of exceptionally loose stimulus. Deflationary risks are increasingly remote. As a result, a precedent may have been set for the eurozone’s safe haven assets to come under pressure in the near future.



First Asset to close Can-Energy Covered Call ETF

Dec 29th, 2017 | By
First Asset to close Can-Energy Covered Call ETF

First Asset Investment Management has announced that the First Asset Can-Energy Covered Call ETF (OXF CN) is to close. The fund, currently listed on Toronto Stock Exchange, will be de-listed on 15 February 2018.



Purpose Investments launches actively managed North American enhanced dividend ETF

Dec 29th, 2017 | By
Purpose Investments launches North American enhanced dividend ETF

Toronto-based Purpose Investments has launched the actively managed Purpose Enhanced Dividend Fund (PDIV CN), combining a portfolio of high-quality North American dividend-paying equities with a tactical covered-call option overlay. 



Solactive launches bitcoin futures index

Dec 22nd, 2017 | By
Steffen Scheuble, CEO of Solactive

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has unveiled the Solactive Bitcoin Front Month Rolling Futures 5D Index, tracking the performance of bitcoin futures listed on Cboe Global Markets. Steffen Scheuble, CEO of Solactive AG, commented: “This is unprecedented in the history of capital markets and clearly opens the door to new bitcoin-based investment products.”



BNP Paribas cross-lists equity and real estate ETFs on SIX

Dec 20th, 2017 | By
BNP Paribas cross-lists equity and real estate ETFs on SIX

BNP Paribas Asset Management has cross-listed four ETFs on SIX Swiss Exchange. Three provide smart beta exposure to European and US-listed equities, and the other to a diversified portfolio of real estate companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs) listed in eurozone countries.



GraniteShares acquires Master Income ETF; lowers fees

Dec 20th, 2017 | By
Strategy Shares unveils multi-asset target distribution ETF

US-based ETF provider GraniteShares has acquired the Master Income ETF (HIPS US) and rebranded it as the HIPS US High Income ETF. The fund invests in pass-through securities offering high levels of income.



Pacer launches trend following ETF

Dec 19th, 2017 | By
Pacer launches enhanced trend following ETF

Pacer has launched the Pacer WealthShield ETF (PWS US), a trend following ETF that rotates between fixed income and equity sectors using quantitative signals based on risk and momentum.