‘ Asia Pacific ’

Vanguard makes case for passive approach to China

May 17th, 2018 | By
Vanguard makes the case for a passive approach to China

While the volatility and inefficiencies of the Chinese equity market – inherent in most emerging market countries – lends itself to opportunities for active investment management, ETF provider Vanguard highlights that picking winners can be difficult over the long term. Instead, the asset management giant proposes that a low-cost and highly diversified indexing strategy is a good approach in any market, including China.

MSCI announces first China A shares for emerging markets index

May 17th, 2018 | By
MSCI China A Shares 2

MSCI, a leading provider of indices to the ETF industry, has revealed the first wave of China A share companies to be included in its flagship MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

BlackRock to convert 14 ASX-listed iShares US-domiciled ETFs to Aussie domicile

May 8th, 2018 | By
BlackRock Australia converts 14 ETFs from US to Aussie domiciled

BlackRock is to convert 14 of its ASX-listed iShares US-domiciled ETFs to Australian-domiciled ETFs, removing the need for Australian investors to complete the US IRS’s W8-BEN form.

InvestSMART launches actively managed Australia income ETF

May 6th, 2018 | By
InvestSMART launches ASX-listed active ETF

Australian investment research house InvestSMART has launched its first exchange-traded managed fund: the InvestSMART Australian Equity Income Fund (INIF AU). The actively managed fund aims to generate income without forsaking capital growth by investing in a relatively concentrated portfolio (10 – 35 stocks) of cash-rich Australia-listed equities.

Surging ETF allocations in fixed income portfolios drive broader ETF growth among Asian institutions

May 4th, 2018 | By
ETFs gaining popularity with Asian institutional investors, finds Greenwich Associates

Investment in ETFs in Asian institutional fixed income portfolios surged last year, according to the Greenwich Associates 2017 Asian ETF Study. In 2017, allocations to ETFs grew to 17.1% of total fixed income assets, up from just 6.6% in 2016. Andrew McCollum, Greenwich Associates consultant and author of the report, commented, “With market volatility on the upswing and interest rates in key markets around the world expected to climb, Greenwich Associates expects this growth in ETF use and allocation to continue over a longer-term horizon.”

Solactive launches Australian equities index

May 4th, 2018 | By
Solactive partners with Deutsche to launch European sustainability index

Index provider Solactive has launched the Solactive Australia 200 Index, tracking the performance of the 200 largest companies by market capitalisation listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. Timo Pfeiffer, head of research at Solactive, commented: “With the Solactive Australia 200 Index, we are targeting investors interested in gaining access to the largest corporations driving the Australian economy.”

Stock Connect expected to unleash pent-up ETF demand in Greater China

May 3rd, 2018 | By
Chris Pigott, head of Hong Kong ETF servicing at Brown Brothers Harrimon.

Some 90% of mainland China investors are likely to invest in Hong Kong ETFs when they are included in the China-Hong Kong Stock Connect, according to a survey by ETF custodian and administrator Brown Brothers Harriman. Chris Pigott, BBH’s head of Hong Kong ETF servicing, commented, “The inclusion of ETFs in Stock Connect will open another cross-border channel for mainland investors to deploy their capital and further diversify their investment.”

Vanguard launches first ever active ETFs down under

Apr 17th, 2018 | By
Vanguard has launched its first two actively managed ETFs on Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

Vanguard has launched its first actively managed ETFs on Australian Securities Exchange – the Vanguard Global Value Equity Active ETF (VVLU AU) and Vanguard Global Minimum Volatility Active ETF (VMIN AU). The funds are managed by Vanguard’s Quantitative Equity Group and combine rules-based methodologies with an active oversight to provide targeted and consistent factor exposures.

VanEck lists multi-factor emerging markets ETF in Australia

Apr 10th, 2018 | By
VanEck head of Asia Pacific Arian Neiron

VanEck Vectors has launched a smart beta emerging markets ETF – the VanEck Vectors MSCI Multifactor Emerging Markets Equity ETF (EMKT AU) – on the Australian Securities Exchange. Arian Neiron, head of Asia Pacific, VanEck Vectors, said, “The index EMKT tracks is a rules-based smart beta strategy that has a strong history of outperformance compared to the benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets Index.”

CICC and Krane launch China internet ETF

Apr 9th, 2018 | By
CICC KraneShares CSI China Internet Index ETF is now listed on SEHK.

China International Capital Corporation and Krane Funds Advisors have launched their first joint ETF, the CICC KraneShares CSI China Internet Index ETF. Listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, the ETF offers investors exposure to Chinese internet companies.