‘ Emerging and Frontier ’

Lyxor enters ESG space with launch of “Trend Leaders” ETF

Mar 16th, 2018 | By
Lyxor enters ESG space with launch of "Trend Leaders" ETF on Deutsche Börse

Lyxor has become the latest issuer to unveil an ETF aimed at socially responsible and ethically conscious investors. Listed on Deutsche Börse, the Lyxor MSCI EM ESG Trend Leaders UCITS ETF (LESG) provides investors with exposure to emerging-market companies with strong and improving environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.

STANLIB launches global ETFs on JSE

Mar 15th, 2018 | By
Prejelin Naggan, Head of Primary Markets, JSE and Wehmeyer Ferreira, Chief Operating Officer of STANLIB Index Investments

South African investment manager STANLIB Index Investments has launched a range of global passive ETFs on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Each tracks a different international index and is denominated in South African rand. Wehmeyer Ferreira, COO of STANLIB Index Investments, said: “The funds can confidently be used as building blocks for an investor’s portfolio to expand their investment opportunities outside of South Africa in a low cost and transparent manner.”

MSCI unveils 12 new China indices in preparation for A-share inclusion

Mar 14th, 2018 | By
Theodore Niggli, head of APAC index products, MSCI

MSCI has launched 12 new China equity indices to help investors prepare for the next step of the China A-Share inclusion process. Theodore Niggli, head of APAC index products, MSCI, commented, “We are proud to announce the launch of this new suite of China indices. With the increased liberalization and internationalization of the China market, investors have expressed a clear need for more insight and tools to make better informed investment decisions.”

BlackRock introduces distributing share class for giant iShares EM ETF

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF

BlackRock has introduced a distributing share class (EIMU LN) for its giant iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI UCITS ETF on London Stock Exchange.

Hartford Funds lowers fees across multifactor ETF suite

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
Hartford Funds lowers fees across its multifactor ETF suite

Hartford Funds has lowered the fees charged on six smart beta equity ETFs. The funds include four multifactor ETFs, which select constituents based on a blend of three factors (value, momentum, and quality, and a further two multifactor factors that also incorporate low volatility screening.

Doha Bank and Amwal launch Qatar’s first ETF

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani, Chairperson of Amwal

Doha Bank and Amwal have partnered to launch Qatar’s first ETF – the QE Index ETF (QETF QD) – an equity fund tracking the largest and most liquid companies listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange. “Amwal is proud to have the QETF as part of its product portfolio. Passive investment strategies are playing a bigger role for institutional investors looking for emerging market exposure as part of their global asset allocation,” said Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani, chairperson of Amwal.

Davis Advisors expands its range of active ETFs

Mar 5th, 2018 | By
Chris Davis, Portfolio Manager and Chairman, Davis Advisors

US investment manager Davis Advisors has launched the Davis Select International ETF (DINT US) on Nasdaq Exchange, expanding its line-up of actively managed funds. “This new ETF applies the time-tested Davis Investment Discipline to international investing, and provides our clients with another option as they look to build wealth over the long term,” said Chris Davis, portfolio manager and chairman at Davis Advisors.

A sunny start to the year for Brazilian equity ETFs

Mar 5th, 2018 | By
A sunny start to the year

So far this year, ETFs tracking Brazilian equity indices have reflected the country’s sunny summer weather. The Ibovespa, an index representing around 60 highly traded stocks listed on the São Paulo stock exchange and the underlying reference for the Lyxor Brazil (Ibovespa) UCITS ETF (RIOU_LN), is up some 10% year-to-date on the back of an improving economic background.

Ramaphosa and the case for South Africa ETFs

Mar 1st, 2018 | By
South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, could strengthen the investment case for South Africa ETFs, such as the £145m iShares MSCI South Africa UCITS ETF listed in Europe which has seen significant net inflows of around £80m over the past quarter.

JP Morgan cross-lists UCITS ETFs onto Deutsche Börse

Feb 27th, 2018 | By
JP Morgan cross-lists all UCITS ETFs onto Deutsche Börse

JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has cross-listed its European-listed UCITS ETFs onto Deutsche Börse, comprising two passive bond ETFs and three actively managed ETFs. “We are pleased to be partnering with Deutsche Börse as we launch into the German market for the first time with our initial European ETF offering,” said Christoph Bergweiler, head of Germany, Austria, Central and Eastern Europe and Greece at JPMAM.