‘ Asia Pacific ’

Nikko calls China the great disruptor of our time

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Yu-Ming Wang, CIO, Nikko Asset Management.

By Yu-Ming Wang, CIO, Nikko Asset Management.

As China’s economic development enters a more sophisticated and mature phase, it is beginning to challenge many of the status quos that have been taken for granted since the middle of the 20th century. With its large domestic market and huge savings pool, China does not simply follow the rules. China and its companies are becoming increasingly competitive, disrupting many long-established norms by leveraging various competitive advantages such as economies of scale, product differentiation and erecting higher barriers to new entrants.



Flows into Europe-listed bond ETFs hit by hawkish central banks, reports Lyxor

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
Bond ETF flows hit by hawkish central banks, reports Lyxor

European-listed ETF market flows remained steady in July with net new assets (NNA) over the month totalling €8.7 billion, according to monthly flows analysis from Lyxor. However, fixed income flows decreased to €2.3bn, close to the lowest monthly level of the year.



Nikko buys minority stake in ETF boutique ARK Investment Management

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Catherine D. Wood, CEO, Ark Investment Management

Nikko Asset Management has bought a 15% minority stake in ARK Investment Management, a New York-based boutique provider of thematic ETFs targeting disruptive technologies. As part of the deal, Nikko AM will obtain exclusivity to offer ARK products and investment strategies in Japan and Asia Pacific. Catherine D. Wood, CEO and CIO of ARK, commented: “An entirely new market of investor will benefit now from Nikko AM’s ability to deliver disruptive innovation, which is transforming both industries and the global economy, through ARK’s investment strategies.”



WisdomTree adds A-Share exposure to EM and China ETFs

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree adds A-Share exposure to emerging market and China ETFs

WisdomTree has announced it is adding China A Share exposure to two of its ETFs, the WisdomTree Emerging Markets ex-State-Owned Enterprises Fund (NYSE Arca: XSOE) and the WisdomTree China ex-State-Owned Enterprises Fund (Nasdaq: CXSE). The funds underlying indices will make the changes following a special rebalance scheduled to occur after the close of business on 11 August 2017.



AUM in Japan-listed ETFs/ETPs grows by a quarter in H1 2017

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
AUM in Japan-listed ETFs/ETPs grows by a quarter in H1 2017

Assets invested in Japan-listed exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products grew by 26.7% in the first half of 2017, from $173.3 billion to reach a new record of $219.6bn, according to research from ETF industry consultancy ETFGI.



Nikko expects diverging EM performance

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
Robert Samson, senior portfolio manager, multi-asset at Nikko Asset Management.

By Robert Samson, senior portfolio manager, multi-asset at Nikko Asset Management.

Emerging markets (EM) have been on a tear, originally lifted from the doldrums in early 2016 by China stimulus, but now self-sustaining with a synchronized economic recovery across emerging markets and Europe. Yes, the US has been hiking rates, but so far the EM recovery has remained durable despite bouts of dollar strength and rising treasury yields.



Fubon launches Hang Seng H-Share ETF in Taiwan

Jul 31st, 2017 | By
Fubon launches Hang Seng H-Share ETF in Taiwan

Taipei-headquartered Fubon Asset Management has launched the Fubon Hang Seng H-Share ETF (00700) on Taiwan Stock Exchange, providing access to the performance of mainland China enterprises listed in Hong Kong.



UBS lists new ETF share classes on SIX

Jul 26th, 2017 | By
UBS lists continental Europe and UK mid-cap equity ETFs

UBS has listed new shares classes for two of its ETFs on SIX Swiss Exchange. The ETFs are the UBS ETF MSCI Canada UCITS ETF (SIX: CANA) and the UBS ETF MSCI Japan UCITS ETF (SIX: JPNA). Both new share classes will reinvest any income received from dividends and will supplement existing share classes that distribute dividends.



BlackRock research suggests further gains for Japan equity ETFs

Jul 26th, 2017 | By
With downside risks rising, more volatility looms for global markets: BlackRock

Japanese equities have further upside potential after their recent rally, according to market commentary by BlackRock. Easy monetary policy, low valuations and an improving earnings outlook should all help to sustain upwards momentum seen since the middle of 2016. Such tailwinds will likely benefit broad market Japan equity ETFs such as the popular $2.8 billion iShares Core MSCI Japan IMI UCITS ETF (LON: SJPA).



BlackRock launches iShares emerging markets ex China ETF

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches iShares emerging markets ex China ETF

BlackRock has unveiled the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ex China ETF (Nasdaq: EMXC), providing broad exposure to large- and mid-cap emerging market equities while excluding stocks from China.