Equities

Barron’s 400 ETF increases energy exposure following index review

Sep 18th, 2017 | By
Barron’s 400 ETF increases energy and consumer staples exposure following index rebalance

The Barron’s 400 ETF (NYSE Arca: BFOR), a smart beta exchange-traded fund that tracks the Barron’s 400 Index, has significantly increased its exposure to the energy and consumer staples sectors of the US economy following the semi-annual reconstitution and rebalance of its underlying index. Carlos Diez, CEO and founder of MarketGrader, commented: “Energy experienced the most significant resurgence in the number of members and as a proportion of the index’s portfolio that it has in years. This indicates that profits within the sector may be rebounding.”



Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

By Nicolas Rabener, Founder, FactorResearch.

In our recent research note “Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction” we concluded there was no improvement in returns or decrease in drawdowns, compared to an improvement in the risk-return ratio when using Value & Growth factor exposures. However, the question remains if any of these offer diversification benefits, which is one of the few free lunches in the investment world.



Daiwa to roll out three ESG-focused ETFs on Tokyo Stock Exchange

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Daiwa to roll out three ESG-focused ETFs on Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo-based Daiwa Asset Management is planning to launch three new ETFs in Japan – the Daiwa MSCI Japan ESG ETF, Daiwa Japan Empowering Women ETF, and Daiwa FTSE Blossom Japan ETF. Each fund will provide exposure to locally listed equities while utilizing an environmental, social and governance (ESG) stock screening process. They are due to begin trading on Tuesday 26 September 2017.



Global X launches preferred stock ETF

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Jay Jacobs, director of research of Global X.

Global X has launched the Global X US Preferred ETF (BATS: PFFD) providing broad exposure to the income-orientated US preferred asset class. Jay Jacobs, director of research at Global X, commented: “Preferreds have attractive yields that set them apart from other traditional income-generating asset classes like investment grade bonds and REITs.”



Main launches active sector rotation ETF

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
AdvisorShares launches actively-managed long/short sector rotation strategy ETF

Main Management ETF Advisors (Main) has launched the Main Sector Rotation ETF (BATS: SECT), an actively managed ETF that utilises a fund of funds structure to invest in other sector-based equity ETFs. The launch marks Main’s debut into the ETF provider space.



China Post cross-lists Japan quality ETF to SIX

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Amundi ETF offers access to Japan’s Topix with inbuilt euro/yen hedge

China Post has cross-listed its Market Access iSTOXX MUTB Japan Quality 150 Index UCITS ETF (MAJQ) to SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX). The smart beta equity fund will now be available to trade in yen on SIX, in addition to the existing listing in euros on Deutsche Börse (Ticker: M9SQ).



FTSE 100 & 250 ETFs set for reshuffle following quarterly index review

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
FTSE 100 ETFs rally as index passes 7,500

ETFs tracking the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are set for a reshuffle following the latest quarterly review from index provider FTSE Russell. Changes to the blue-chip FTSE 100, underlying index to the £5bn iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (ISF), will see NMC Health and Berkeley Group added at the expense of Provident Financial and Royal Mail.



Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction

Sep 6th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction

By Nicolas Rabener, Founder, FactorResearch.

FTSE Russell’s 2017 Smart Beta Investor Survey showed that the Number 1 objective for evaluating smart beta strategies was for risk reduction, followed by return enhancement. Naturally there are many types of smart beta strategies available to investors today, however, they are nearly all long-only products. If equity markets crash, then smart beta products will also crash and would not substantially reduce portfolio risks.



Healthtech ETFs get shot in the arm

Sep 6th, 2017 | By
Healthtech ETFs get shot in the arm

ETFs tracking biotechnology and healthcare technology equities have posted impressive recent performance: since 21 August 2017, the Source NASDAQ Biotech UCITS ETF (LON: SBIO) is up 10.2% and the iShares Healthcare Innovation UCITS ETF (LON: HEAL) has returned 5.6%. In comparison, the S&P 500 rose just 2.0% over the same period.



PIMCO launches three RAFI multi-factor equity ETFs

Sep 6th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

PIMCO has launched three smart beta equity ETFs providing investors with diversified exposure to US, international, and emerging market stocks. The funds target multiple factors including value, quality, low volatility, momentum and size which research shows have historically outperformed the broader equity market over the long term.