‘ Asia Pacific ’

Nikko: Cultural and other factors differentiating BoJ and ECB policies

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
John Vail, chief global strategist, Nikko Asset Management.

By John Vail, chief global strategist, Nikko Asset Management (Nikko is the second largest ETF provider in Asia with over ¥4 trillion in ETF assets under management).

Despite all the fanfare, Japan never did truly move to a negative policy interest rate. When announced in January 2016, negative policy rates were only applied to bank reserves at the BOJ that were deemed excessive.



Evolve to buy Sphere’s ETF range

Nov 2nd, 2017 | By
Evolve to buy Spheres ETF range

Evolve Funds has announced it has entered an agreement to buy Sphere Investment Management’s five ETFs, which are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.



IHS Markit and KRX launch Korean smart beta indices

Nov 1st, 2017 | By
IHS Markit and KRX launch Korean smart beta indices

IHS Markit and Korea Exchange (KRX) have launched two new smart beta indices that track South Korean equities. The indices will allow ETFs and other market participants to track publicly traded Korean Companies with the strongest dividend prospects based on IHS Markit research.



Global passive assets to hit $37 trillion by 2025, reports PwC

Oct 31st, 2017 | By
Global passive assets to hit $37 trillion by 2025, reports PwC

Global passive assets are set to more than double from $14 trillion in 2016 to $37tn by 2025, according to a recent report from professional services firm PwC.



Nikko: Will investors be ready when Chinese bonds go global?

Oct 30th, 2017 | By
Nikko: Will investors be ready when Chinese bonds go global?

By Holger Mertens, head portfolio manager, global credit and Chia Woon Khien, senior portfolio manager, fixed income at Nikko Asset Management.



Horizons launches actively managed international dividend ETF

Oct 26th, 2017 | By
Horizons launches active equity dividend ex-North America ETF

Horizons ETFs has launched the Horizons Active Intl Developed Markets Equity ETF (HADM), an actively managed ETF providing exposure to international dividend-paying stocks. Steve Hawkins, president and co-CEO of Horizons ETFs, commented: “Now that Canadians are so aggressively investing outside of Canada using ETFs, we felt it was very important to give them access to an active ETF strategy, focusing on dividend stocks in the EAFE regions.”



Solactive EM consumer technology index to underlie new KraneShares ETF

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
New Solactive EM consumer technology index to underlie KraneShares ETF

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has launched the Solactive Emerging Markets Consumer Technology Index, providing exposure to the growing role of internet technology and e-commerce in emerging markets. The index will underlie a new ETF launched by KraneShares on the NYSE Arca.



Fixed income ETF inflows outpace equities in Asia Pacific

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
Fixed income ETF inflows outpace equities in Asia Pacific

ETFGI, an ETF industry consultancy, has reported that fixed income ETFs listed in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) have proved significantly more popular with investors than equity ETFs during September. ETFs that track bonds have gained $835 million during the month compared to outflows of $1.0 billion seen by equity ETFs listed in the region.



WisdomTree: Abe’s landslide means Japanese equities deserve higher PE

Oct 23rd, 2017 | By
WisdomTree: Abe's landslide means Japanese equities deserve higher PE

By Jesper Koll, head of Japan at WisdomTree.

In the world of politics and policy making, Japan has become the envy of the world. The snap election got “Team Abe” re-elected with a strong majority and they will be controlling parliament with basically the same two-thirds super majority they had before. Stability, continuity and consistency of a strong pro-growth and pro-business agenda is poised to be rewarded with a growing “Japan Premium” in financial markets.



BlackRock: What’s next for China’s economy?

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
BlackRock: What’s next for China’s economy?

By Richard Turnill, global chief investment strategist at BlackRock.

China’s growth is set to cool in 2018 after a surprisingly strong year while economic risks are rising, thinks Richard Turnill, Global Chief Investment Strategist at BlackRock.