ETF and Index News

Moody’s investigates effects of smart beta ETF price war

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
IndexIQ adjusts fees on a range of ETFs

The ongoing price war in smart beta ETF fees has the potential to negatively impact the credit ratings of traditional active asset managers as well as smart beta ETF providers, according to credit rating agency Moody’s.



US-listed ETFs gather $300bn net inflows YTD

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
US-listed ETFs gather $300bn net inflows YTD

ETFs and ETPs listed in the US have gathered $300 billion of net inflows in the first eight months of 2017 after attracting $24.2bn net new assets during August, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI. The net inflows in August marked the 19th consecutive month of positive net gatherings for the region.



MSCI reports fear of extreme events rising higher

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports fear of extreme events rising higher

By George Bonne, executive director of equity factor research, MSCI.

In May, we wrote that despite the generally low market volatility that has prevailed this year, investors were paying relatively high prices for downside protection as measured by “options skew” – the difference in implied volatility between an out-of-the-money option and an at-the-money option. Low market volatility largely continued through the summer, but how has options skew behaved – has it fallen to more “normal” levels?



Solactive launches US large cap equal weight index

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Solactive launches US investment grade corporate bond index

Solactive has launched the Solactive US Large Cap Equal Weight Index, a new index that tracks an equal weight exposure to the US large-cap equity segment. The index will include the 500 largest US-domiciled equities and will underlie the forthcoming Goldman Sachs Equal Weight US Large Cap Equity ETF (Bats: GSEW). Steffen Scheuble, CEO of Solactive, said: “We’re excited to once again serve as an index provider to Goldman Sachs through the creation of such a timely and unique index.”



Franklin Templeton: Bringing the human factor to index investing

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Chandra Seethamraju, vice president of systematic modelling, Franklin Templeton.

By Chandra Seethamraju, vice president of systematic modelling, Franklin Templeton.

For decades, Franklin Templeton has been a vocal advocate for active management. We believe the skills and insight human oversight brings should play a crucial role in the investment process. The emergence of risk-factor investing and the evolution of traditional indexes have opened up fresh opportunities to bring a human touch to what has traditionally been considered the passive exchange-traded fund space.



Barclays, Novus unveil smart beta equity indices based on hedge fund filings

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Barclays, Novus unveil smart beta equity indices based on hedge fund filings

Barclays and data analytics platform Novus have launched the Novus Barclays Public Ownership HF Conviction Index family, a new addition to the Barclays range of Quantitative Investment Strategies. The smart beta indices track equities which, according to regulatory filings, are commonly being held in high conviction positions across some of the largest funds in the hedge fund industry.



Global ETF assets close in on $5 trillion

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Deutsche introduces GBP-hedged MSCI World ETF to Switzerland

ETFGI, a London-based ETF research and consultancy firm, has released the results of its monthly ETF landscape report showing assets invested in globally-listed ETFs have grown 35.3% in the first eight months of 2017 to reach a new record high of $4.8 trillion. On current momentum, global ETF assets look set to reach $5tn in the next few months.



European ETF flows eclipse 2016 total

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Europe-listed equity ETFs saw inflows of $1.6bn during the month, double the amount seen during August 2016.

ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe gathered $4.3bn in net new assets during August, marking 35 consecutive months of positive net inflows and a record level of $78.3bn in year-to-date (YTD) net gatherings, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI. This figure is significantly higher than the $39.9bn in net inflows recorded at this point last year, and $22.6bn more than the $55.7bn gathered during the whole of 2016.



MSCI reports all factor indices positive in August

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports all factor indices positive in August

MSCI has released its index performance report for August 2017, breaking down the best and worst performing equity indices over this period by country, factor and sector. The index provider, which is one of the leading providers of equity indices to the exchange-traded fund industry, reports that all of its factor-based indices generated a positive return in August with the best performing factor during August being quality (1.4%) and the worst, enhanced value (0.2%).



Solactive introduces Intuitive Beta index suite with three thematic launches

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
Solactive introduces Intuitive Beta index suite with three thematic launches

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has launched the Solactive Intuitive Beta Index family by rolling out three smart beta indices constructed around themes including workforce efficiency, value investing and corporate longevity. Each of the indices target exposure to its specific theme within the US large cap equity universe.