Equities

Nikko remains positive on Japanese equities in 2018

Jan 17th, 2018 | By
Naoki Kamiyama, chief strategist, Nikko Asset Management.

Naoki Kamiyama, Chief Strategist at Nikko Asset Management, discusses some of the key forces shaping the outlook for the Japanese economy and stock market in 2018, including government policy, earnings growth, wage growth, and capital expenditure.



Vanguard cross-lists Euro Stoxx 50 ETF to SIX Swiss Exchange

Jan 16th, 2018 | By
Vanguard cross-lists Euro Stoxx 50 ETF to SIX

Vanguard has cross-listed the Vanguard Euro Stoxx 50 UCITS ETF (VX5E SW) on SIX Swiss Exchange, offering another access point for investors seeking exposure to mega-cap blue-chip stocks in the eurozone. The ETF, which is based on the widely followed Euro Stoxx 50 index, is already available on the London Stock Exchange and on Deutsche Börse.



Fidelity introduces GBP-hedged share classes for smart beta income ETFs

Jan 16th, 2018 | By
Fidelity introduces currency hedging on smart beta income ETFs

Fidelity International has introduced currency-hedged share classes for three of its London-listed smart beta income ETFs. Investors will now have the option of currency hedging with pound sterling on the Fidelity Europe Quality Income UCITS ETF (FEQP LN), Fidelity US Quality Income UCITS ETF (FUSP LN), and Fidelity Global Quality Income UCITS ETF (FGQP LN).



China Post Global lists iStoxx MUTB Japan Quality ETF on LSE

Jan 15th, 2018 | By
China Post Global lists iStoxx MUTB Japan Quality ETF on LSE

China Post Global has cross-listed the Market Access iStoxx MUTB Japan Quality 150 Index UCITS ETF (MAJQ LN) on the London Stock Exchange. The ETF is the first product China Post Global has listed on the LSE since it acquired the Market Access ETFs from RBS in 2016.



First Trust’s US IPO ETF reaches $1bn AUM

Jan 15th, 2018 | By
Dr. Josef Schuster, CEO of IPOX Schuster

The First Trust US Equity Opportunities ETF (FPX US), which provides exposure to recent US IPOs and spin-offs, has reached over $1 billion in assets under management. Josef Schuster, creator of the strategy, said it offers access to “an economically significant group of companies which often serve as a proxy for economic growth and innovation”.



Morgan Stanley’s FundLogic and ERI Scientific Beta partner on five equity factor ETFs

Jan 12th, 2018 | By
Morgan Stanley’s Fundlogic launches five equity smart beta ETFs

ERI Scientific Beta, an affiliate of the EDHEC-Risk Institute, and Fundlogic, the ETF platform of investment bank Morgan Stanley, have partnered to launch five smart beta ETFs on the London Stock Exchange. The ETFs provide factor-based equity exposure to the US, Japan, developed Asia-Pacific ex-Japan, developed Europe, and emerging markets.



Lyxor cross-lists Euro Stoxx Banks ETF on Deutsche Börse

Jan 11th, 2018 | By
Lyxor cross-lists Euro Stoxx Banks ETF on Deutsche Börse

Lyxor has cross-listed the Lyxor Euro Stoxx Banks UCITS ETF (LYBK FP) on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges, offering investors targeted equity exposure to the euro area’s largest banks. The ETF is based on the Euro Stoxx Banks Index, a sub-index of the Euro Stoxx Index, and currently tracks 26 companies from eight euro area countries.



Bulgarian issuer Expat debuts ETFs on Deutsche Börse

Jan 11th, 2018 | By
Nicola Yankov, chairman of the board of directors of Expat Asset Management.

Bulgarian ETF issuer Expat Asset Management has launched its first ETF on Deutsche Börse – the Expat Bulgaria SOFIX UCITS ETF (BGX GR) – providing exposure to the most liquid equities on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange. Nicola Yankov, chairman of the board of directors of Expat Asset Management, said the ETF “represents a unique market proposition which provides access to country-specific exposure for international investors”.



UBS introduces gender equality ETF

Jan 9th, 2018 | By
UBS introduces gender equality ETF

UBS Asset Management has launched the UBS Global Gender Equality UCITS ETF (GENDER SW) on SIX Swiss Exchange, providing exposure to global companies leading the field in terms of gender equality. Commenting on the launch, Michael Baldinger, head of sustainable and impact investing at UBS, said, “The launch of this new ETF provides investors with a unique opportunity to benefit from systematically investing in the leading global companies on gender diversity”.



Commerzbank launches Comstage German dividend ETF with active market hedging

Jan 8th, 2018 | By
Commerzbank launches Comstage German dividend ETF with active market hedging

German investment bank Commerzbank has launched the ComStage Alpha Deutschland Dividend Plus UCITS ETF (F751 GR) on Deutsche Börse Xetra, providing exposure to German equities through a rules-based selection process while also employing an actively managed market hedging overlay.