Equities

First Trust: US bull market still has long way to go

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

By Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

For many years now a relatively large contingent of analysts, investors and journalists has been convinced the stock market was in a bubble because the “Shiller PE” ratio was just too high. Back in August 2013, in our Monday Morning Outlook, we made our case that the Shiller model was too pessimistic. Now that looks like a pretty good call.



Transamerica launches new suite of strategic beta ETFs

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Deutsche launches two strategic beta min vol ETFs

Transamerica Asset Management has launched four new strategic beta ETFs designed to provide core equity strategies with an embedded risk management feature. Called the Deltashares By Transamerica suite, the new ETFs are the first to track the S&P Manged Risk 2.0 Index Series, which offers exposure to a given segment of the equity market while seeking to control volatility.



SPDR ETFs: Three reasons why eurozone stocks have room to run

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
SPDR ETFs: Three reasons why eurozone stocks have room to run

By Matthew Bartolini, head of SPDR Americas research, State Street Global Advisors.

After a strong rally, eurozone stocks have lost momentum since May, hurt by a strengthening euro. In the past two months, the EURO Stoxx 50 Index has registered negative return in local currency and underperformed the S&P 500 Index by 5%, while flows into European equity ETFs have slowed to their lowest level since March.



Source launches GBP share class for MSCI Europe ex-UK ETF

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Source launches GBP share class for MSCI Europe ex-UK ETF

European ETF provider Source has introduced a pound sterling-denominated share class for the Source MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETF (LON: MXUK). Chris Mellor, equity product specialist at Source, commented: “Some investors may want to separate their exposures to Europe and the UK, especially with Brexit causing uncertainty around the outlook for the UK. This ETF effectively puts investors in control of the allocation.”



WisdomTree Canada adds non-hedged class to Europe Hedged Equity Index ETF

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
First Trust Canada proposes merger of AlphaDEX Dividend and Capital Strength ETFs

WisdomTree Canada has introduced non-hedged units of the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Index ETF (Toronto: EHE). EHE provides exposure to dividend-paying European equities while hedging exposure to fluctuations between the euro and the Canadian dollar. The new non-hedged units, (Ticker: EHE.B), will not be hedged back to the Canadian dollar.



First Trust launches equally weighted DJIA ETF

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
Ryan Issakainen, senior vice president, exchange-traded fund strategist at First Trust Advisors.

First Trust Advisors has launched the First Trust Dow 30 Equal Weight ETF (NYSE Arca: EDOW), providing equally weighted exposure to the 30 constituents of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Ryan Issakainen, senior vice president, ETF strategist at First Trust Advisors, commented: “We believe that the equally weighted version of this index is a noteworthy enhancement for ETF investors, in comparison to the traditional price-weighted version.”



WisdomTree adds A-Share exposure to EM and China ETFs

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree adds A-Share exposure to emerging market and China ETFs

WisdomTree has announced it is adding China A Share exposure to two of its ETFs, the WisdomTree Emerging Markets ex-State-Owned Enterprises Fund (NYSE Arca: XSOE) and the WisdomTree China ex-State-Owned Enterprises Fund (Nasdaq: CXSE). The funds underlying indices will make the changes following a special rebalance scheduled to occur after the close of business on 11 August 2017.



BlackRock launches iShares US ‘pure revenue’ ETF

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches iShares US ‘pure revenue’ ETF

BlackRock has launched the iShares Russell 1000 Pure US Revenue ETF (Nasdaq: AMCA), providing exposure to US large- and mid-cap equities which derive the vast majority of their revenue from within the United States. AMCA may provide an efficient means for investors to place a bet on the continuing strength of the US economy.



IG picks six of the best US equity ETFs

Aug 10th, 2017 | By
IG picks six of the best US ETFs

By Oliver Smith, portfolio manager at IG.

The US market has been a huge growth area for ETFs and index funds, with falling fees enabling investors to get exposure at a very low cost. More recently a number of new products targeting different parts of the market have been launched in the UK. In this piece we take a look at six of the best US ETFs to consider for your portfolio.



Deutsche introduces GBP-hedged MSCI World ETF to Switzerland

Aug 10th, 2017 | By
Deutsche introduces GBP-hedged MSCI World ETF to Switzerland

Deutsche Asset Management has launched a new share class for the db x-trackers MSCI World Index UCITS ETF, listed on SIX Swiss Exchange. The new share class (Ticker: XDWG) allows investors to gain access to the performance of the MSCI World Index, a widely followed benchmark for global equities performance, while hedging currency risk relative to the British pound.