ETF and Index News

LSE enjoys strong ETF listings activity in February

Mar 19th, 2018 | By
Strong ETF listing activity recorded on LSE during February

Nineteen ETFs or share classes debuted on London Stock Exchange in February, bringing the total number of new ETF (inc share classes) listings on the exchange this year to 26. Listings included new ETFs from ITI, JP Morgan, and Deutsche, plus new share classes from BlackRock and SSGA.

Two months into MiFID II: How post-trade reporting is benefitting ETF investors

Mar 14th, 2018 | By
Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock.

By Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock.

Investors use ETF trading volumes in different ways: for asset allocators it is a useful, real-time window into where money is flowing through the trading day. For others, visible flows provide comfort in knowing that there is sufficient liquidity within the products they intend to invest in.

MSCI unveils 12 new China indices in preparation for A-share inclusion

Mar 14th, 2018 | By
Theodore Niggli, head of APAC index products, MSCI

MSCI has launched 12 new China equity indices to help investors prepare for the next step of the China A-Share inclusion process. Theodore Niggli, head of APAC index products, MSCI, commented, “We are proud to announce the launch of this new suite of China indices. With the increased liberalization and internationalization of the China market, investors have expressed a clear need for more insight and tools to make better informed investment decisions.”

Investors shed US equity ETPs as global inflows slow, finds BlackRock

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
Investors ditch US equity ETPs in February amid market sell-off, finds BlackRock

Net inflows into ETPs globally slowed to $6.8 billion in February as investors shed products providing exposure to US equities to the tune of $23.0bn, according to the latest ETP Landscape report from BlackRock. Redemptions for US equity ETPs during the month marked a turnaround for the asset class which had achieved cumulative inflows of $122.5bn over the prior four months.

Global ETF inflows lowest for 21 months, finds ETFGI

Mar 12th, 2018 | By

ETFs and ETPs gathered $12.4 billion globally in net inflows during February, the lowest monthly amount since May 2016 when net inflows were $10.5bn, according to ETFGI. The relatively subdued flows are a far cry from January – a bumper month for the industry – when ETFs experienced their highest monthly net inflows on record, pulling in $100.6bn.

Tradeweb’s European ETF market smashes previous trading record in February

Mar 12th, 2018 | By
Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb.

Trading activity on Tradeweb’s European ETF marketplace reached a record-breaking €24 billion in February, up 20% from the previous record of €20bn set in January 2018. Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb, said, “Enhanced best execution requirements under MiFID II have highlighted the benefits of transacting ETFs on electronic trading venues like Tradeweb.”

BlackRock: Guess who’s driving the ETF bus?

Mar 9th, 2018 | By
BlackRock: Guess who’s driving the ETF bus?

ETFs got their biggest boost in 2017 from end investors and advisors. Martin Small, head of US iShares at BlackRock, explains why this is such a big deal.

ETFs ring the bell for gender equality

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
The Irish Stock Exchange rings the bell for gender equality.

In events co-coordinated by Women in ETFs, 63 stock exchanges around the world hosted bell ringing ceremonies to mark International Women’s Day and to help advance the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment. ETF issuers have shown they are keen to play their part with a number of ETFs being launched in recent years that select stocks based on gender equality screening.

Wiener Börse and Limeyard partner to bolster index offering

Mar 7th, 2018 | By
Patrick Valovic, founder & managing partner of LIMEYARD

Wiener Börse (or Vienna Stock Exchange) and Zurich-based boutique index provider Limeyard have formed a joint-venture to bolster their capabilities in the fast-growing and increasingly important indexing space. Limeyard was founded by ex Stoxx CFO Patrick Valovic.

HANetf sees exciting opportunities for active managers in ETF space

Mar 1st, 2018 | By
European ETF industry flourishes in 2017 with 40% AUM growth

HANetf, a European white-label ETF platform, has urged active managers to prepare themselves for the rise of passives by launching their own low-cost products. Hector McNeil, co-CEO of HANetf, said, “It is a game-changing opportunity, allowing them [active managers] to distribute products in a different way and access new asset bases, particularly Millennials and cost-sensitive investors.”