‘ Asia Pacific ’

Gold ETFs see net outflows globally in February

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
Gold ETFs see net outflows globally in February

Gold-backed ETFs (including ETPs) lost 5.1 tonnes of gold during February as investors redeemed assets on the back of a decreasing gold price and increasing volatility, according to data from the World Gold Council.

Assets in Japan-listed ETFs reach record highs

Feb 26th, 2018 | By
Tokyo ETFs

Assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan reached a record high of $295 billion at the end of January 2018, surpassing the previous record of $276bn set at the end of 2017, according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI.

Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) ETFs see largest ever monthly increase in assets

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By
Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) receive record inflows, according to ETFGI

Assets invested in ETFs and ETPs (hereafter ETFs) listed in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) increased by $14bn (8.24%) in January – the greatest absolute monthly increase in assets on record – according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI.

VanEck: China bond appeal grows with possible index inclusion

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By
VanEck: China bond appeal grows with possible index inclusion

By Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management at VanEck.

International bond investors will soon need to consider a greater role for Chinese debt in their portfolios as the country’s bonds are likely to enter emerging markets and global bond indices in the near to medium term.

BetaShares and Legg Mason launch two active income ETFs on ASX

Feb 21st, 2018 | By
BetaShares and Legg Mason launch two active income ETFs on ASX

Aussie ETF issuer BetaShares, together with global asset manager Legg Mason, have launched two actively managed ETFs on Australian Stock Exchange. Based on investment strategies by Legg Mason affiliate Martin Currie Australia, both funds target high-quality Australian securities with a focus on income generation.

Mirae anchors US presence by buying ETF provider Global X

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
Taeyong Lee, President, Global Head of ETFs for Mirae Asset

Global X, the seventeenth-largest US-based ETF issuer, has entered into an agreement to sell 100% of its fully diluted shares to Mirae Asset Global Investments, an independent financial services business based in Asia. “With Global X on board, we are now connecting one of the most successful US ETF firms to a prominent Asian-based global ETF manager, creating a powerful ETF platform.” said Taeyong Lee, president, global head of ETFs for Mirae Asset.

VanEck launches ESG-focused international equity ETF in Australia

Feb 8th, 2018 | By
Arian Neiron, managing director, VanEck Australia

VanEck has unveiled the VanEck Vectors MSCI International Sustainable Equity ETF on the Australian Securities Exchange, providing investors with global exposure to the stocks of companies with high socially responsible investment characteristics. Arian Neiron, VanEck’s managing director and head of Asia Pacific, commented, “We are excited to launch an all-encompassing and true-to-label sustainable international equity fund, incorporating both values-based and impact investing on the ASX.”

China’s 2018 economic growth focus: Quality over quantity

Feb 7th, 2018 | By
Physical China A-share ETFs go head to head

By Jack Jiang, senior ETF specialist at ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International).

The Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC) was held in Beijing on 18-20 December 2017 and, as the first CEWC after the Nineteenth Party Congress, it set the tone for China’s central government’s economic policies in 2018. They are crucial to the long-term development of the world’s second-largest economy.

Nikko: MSCI inclusion of ‘A’ shares is China’s great leap onto world stage

Jan 30th, 2018 | By
Eng Tech Tan, senior portfolio manager – Asian equity at Nikko Asset Management

By Eng Teck Tan, senior portfolio manager, Asian equity at Nikko Asset Management.

Investors today are used to designing and managing portfolios of Asia ex-Japan or even Asia-Pacific ex-Japan stocks. But imagine a day when Asia ex-China portfolios are the norm. We think this is not too far-fetched an idea.

Bullish outlook for dividends bodes well for high income ETFs

Jan 29th, 2018 | By
Bullish outlook for dividends bodes well for high income ETFs

The findings of a report by IHS Markit could mean high dividend ETFs are in for a strong year. The IHS Markit Dividend Forecasting Report predicts that 2018 will be the third consecutive year of increasing global dividends and will also see the fastest dividend growth since 2014. Emerging markets are expected to lead the way. Thomas Matheson, head of dividend research at IHS Markit, commented, “We expect to see stronger performance across sectors, coupled with resurgent growth in Europe and a notable decrease in dividend cuts.”