Equities

KraneShares releases further commentary on China Environment ETF

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
Jonathan Krane, CEO of KraneShares

KraneShares has released further commentary on its recently launched thematic ETF – the KraneShares MSCI China Environment ETF (KGRN US) – which provides access to Chinese companies involved in producing environmentally beneficial products and services. Speaking about the investment case for the ETF, Jonathon Krane, CEO of KraneShares, said, “We believe Chinese companies focused on contributing to a more environmentally sustainable economy may potentially benefit from this focused initiative.”



Direxion launches 3x leveraged pharmaceuticals ETF

Nov 15th, 2017 | By
Direxion launches 3x leveraged pharmaceuticals ETF

Direxion, the US-based leveraged and inverse ETF specialist, has launched the Direxion Daily Pharmaceutical Bull 3X Shares (PILL US). The ETF seeks to achieve 300% of the daily performance of the Dynamic Pharmaceutical Intellidex Index, an index composed of 30 US pharmaceutical companies identified by NYSE’s Intellidex methodology as having the greatest potential for capital appreciation.



Horizons launches Canadian equity smart beta ETF

Nov 15th, 2017 | By
Horizons launches Canadian equity smart beta ETF

Horizons ETFs has launched the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF (INOC CN) on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The ETF, linked to the Nasdaq Inovestor Canada Index, gives access to Canadian equities that offer high exposure to the value and quality factors.



BlackRock launches dividend and buyback ETF on Cboe

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches dividend and buyback ETF on Cboe

BlackRock has launched the iShares US Dividend and Buyback ETF (DIVB US) on Cboe ETF Marketplace, providing access to US equities with a history of dividend payments, share buybacks or both. Martin Small, head of US iShares at BlackRock, commented: “We believe all investors should evaluate DIVB as a complement, or wholesale replacement, for the traditional high dividend or dividend growth allocation.”



OppenheimerFunds unveils suite of single- and multi-factor ETFs

Nov 14th, 2017 | By

OppenheimerFunds has expanded its Beta Solutions product offering with the launch of a suite of eight new ETFs, including two multi-factor and six single-factor products, in partnership with global index provider FTSE Russell. Sharon French, head of beta solutions at OppenheimerFunds, commented: “With the addition of our new factor-based products, we are giving clients the next generation tools they need to help produce compelling investment results in any market environment.”



ETF tracking ‘entrepreneurial’ US large caps launches on NYSE

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
ETF tracking entrepreneurial US large caps launches on NYSE

EntrepreneurShares has become the latest entrant to the ETF provider space by launching the Entrepreneur 30 Fund (ENTR US) on NYSE Arca. The fund provides exposure to US large-cap equities deemed to be highly entrepreneurial in nature.



JP Morgan launches five single factor ETFs on NYSE Arca

Nov 13th, 2017 | By
JP Morgan launches five single factor ETFs on NYSE Arca

JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has launched five smart beta ETFs on NYSE Arca. The ETFs each select US equities that display high exposure to one of five factors: momentum, value, quality, dividend and minimum volatility.



Virtus launches emerging markets multi-factor ETF

Nov 13th, 2017 | By
William J. Smalley, executive managing director and head of product strategy and management, Virtus ETF Solutions.

Virtus ETF solutions has launched the Virtus Glovista Emerging Markets ETF (EMEM US) on the NYSE Arca. The fund uses a quantitative multi-factor strategy to provide exposure to ‘favoured’ emerging markets. William Smalley, executive managing director of Virtus, commented: “This new ETF offers investors exposure to the surge in global economic growth, leveraging the specialized knowledge and quantitative skills of Glovista Investments in a passive, tax-efficient vehicle.”



MSCI reports all factor indices positive for third consecutive month

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports all factor indices positive for third consecutive month

MSCI, one of the leading providers of equity indices to the ETF industry, reports that all of its factor-based indices generated a positive return in October with the best-performing factor for the month being momentum (4.4%) and the worst, high dividend yield (0.8%).



Lyxor launches Europe’s first gender equality ETF

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Lyxor Gender Equality etf

Lyxor has launched the Lyxor Gender Equality ETF (ELLE FP), Europe’s first ETF to focus on companies leading the field in gender equality. Commenting on the launch, Clarisse Djabbari, deputy head of Lyxor ETFs & indexing, said: “This ETF marks an important step in our progress towards a complete range of environmental, social and governance based investment products.” The ETF is linked to the Equileap Global Gender Equality Index, an index of 150 high-ranking stocks based on gender equality.