ETF and Index News

ERI Scientific Beta counters Mercer’s criticism of factor-index investing

Jan 15th, 2018 | By
ERI Scientific Beta counters Mercer’s criticism of factor investing

ERI Scientific Beta, a smart beta index provider and affiliate of EDHEC-Risk Institute, has jumped to the defence of factor-index investing in a strong rebuttal of a report published by investment consultants Mercer. Noël Amenc, CEO of ERI Scientific Beta, said the Mercer report was “representative of undocumented opinions on factor investing and as such is liable to misinform investors.”



The truth about ETP liquidity

Jan 15th, 2018 | By
By Jason Guthrie, director of capital markets at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Jason Guthrie, director of capital markets at WisdomTree in Europe.

Misconceptions about ETPs are common and one is around an ETP’s available liquidity. Although the ability to trade ETPs intraday is well known, many institutional investors believe ETPs aren’t tradeable in institutional size. The reality, however, couldn’t be further from this belief.



LSE enjoys flurry of new ETF listings, but on-exchange trading volumes fall flat

Jan 15th, 2018 | By
LSE enjoys flurry of new ETF listings, but on-exchange trading volumes fall flat

Ten new ETFs and 27 ETPs were listed on London Stock Exchange in December 2017, making it exchange’s busiest month of the year for new listings. On-exchange ETF/ETP trading, however, was down for the month and broadly flat for the year.



Canada-listed ETFs enjoy record net inflows in 2017

Jan 12th, 2018 | By
Canada-listed ETFs enjoy record net inflows in 2017

ETFs listed in Canada saw record net inflows of $18.9 billion during 2017, according to data provided by ETF industry consultants ETFGI. This is up 48.5% on the total net inflows recorded in 2016 ($12.7bn) and 44.3% more than the previous record ($13.1bn) set in 2015.



European ETF industry flourishes in 2017 with 40% AUM growth

Jan 10th, 2018 | By
European ETF industry flourishes in 2017 with 40% AUM growth

European-listed ETFs enjoyed a record-breaking increase in assets of $230 billion during 2017 to reach $802bn at year-end, according to data from ETFGI. The increase of 40%, from $573bn at the end of 2016, is the most significant growth in European ETF assets since 2009 when markets recovered following the 2008 financial crisis. Commenting, Hector McNeil, co-CEO of HANetf, said: “ETFs are a success story that no asset manager can afford to ignore and I predict double-digit asset growth in ETFs is the new normal.”



SIX Swiss Exchange reports record ETF activity in 2017

Jan 9th, 2018 | By
SIX Exchange reveals record ETF trading and listing activity during 2017

The Swiss exchange-traded funds industry enjoyed a strong 2017 with Zurich-based SIX Swiss Exchange reporting record levels of turnover and listings on its ETF segment.



US ETF assets up over a third in 2017, finds ETFGI

Jan 8th, 2018 | By
US ETF assets up over a third in 2017, finds ETFGI

Assets invested in ETFs listed in the United States increased by over a third (34.3%) during 2017 to reach a new high of $3.42 trillion at the end of December, according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI. The US is on track to chalk up two straight years of consecutive monthly net inflows, with $44.3bn gathered in December 2017 marking the twenty-third successive month of net inflows.



Deutsche adds two Xtrackers ETFs to Schwab’s commission-free platform

Jan 5th, 2018 | By
Deutsche adds two Xtrackers ETFs to Schwab’s commission-free platform

Deutsche Asset Management has announced it is offering two new ETFs on Schwab ETF OneSource, Charles Schwab & Co.’s program that provides investors and advisors with access to commission-free ETFs. Fiona Bassett, head of passive asset management in the Americas, said, “Through the addition of these funds to the program, Schwab clients will have the ability to access the Chinese and German equity markets in a cost-efficient way.”



BlackRock’s iShares captures record net inflows during 2017

Jan 5th, 2018 | By
BlackRock to transfer 50 iShares ETFs to Nasdaq or Bats

BlackRock has announced that its global iShares ETF business expanded at its fastest pace ever last year, collecting a record $246 billion in net new flows. The firm reported that growth was powered by investors of all types, including those using ETFs for core portfolio building blocks as well as for more targeted, niche exposures. Stephen Cohen, Head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock, said: “Our European range remains the go-to for investors seeking both broad market exposures for the core of portfolios, and tactical tools for managers to adjust portfolio return profiles.”



MiFID II to boost passives’ market share in Europe, finds Cerulli

Dec 23rd, 2017 | By
Angelos Gousios, director, European retail research, at Cerulli.

Angelos Gousios, director, European retail research, at Cerulli, notes that MiFID II’s drive for transparency on costs will shift the balance further in favour of passive investing, benefiting products such as ETFs.