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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.

BlackRock extends iShares offering on SIX Swiss Exchange

Mar 16th, 2018 | By
BlackRock extends iShares offering on SIX Swiss Exchange

BlackRock has introduced 15 new trading lines for iShares products on SIX Swiss Exchange, comprising equity and fixed income exposures. The new listings – a mix of accumulating, distributing and currency-hedged share classes – expand the range of tools available for Switzerland-based investors.

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.”

Two months into MiFID II: How post-trade reporting is benefitting ETF investors

Mar 14th, 2018 | By
Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock.

By Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock.

Investors use ETF trading volumes in different ways: for asset allocators it is a useful, real-time window into where money is flowing through the trading day. For others, visible flows provide comfort in knowing that there is sufficient liquidity within the products they intend to invest in.

Commerzbank launches two ComStage multi-asset ETFs on Deutsche Börse

Mar 14th, 2018 | By
Commerzbank launches two ComStage multi-asset ETFs on Deutsche Börse

German investment bank Commerzbank has introduced two new passively managed multi-asset ETFs on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges, targeting risk-averse and growth-oriented investors.

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.

Investors shed US equity ETPs as global inflows slow, finds BlackRock

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
Investors ditch US equity ETPs in February amid market sell-off, finds BlackRock

Net inflows into ETPs globally slowed to $6.8 billion in February as investors shed products providing exposure to US equities to the tune of $23.0bn, according to the latest ETP Landscape report from BlackRock. Redemptions for US equity ETPs during the month marked a turnaround for the asset class which had achieved cumulative inflows of $122.5bn over the prior four months.

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.

Global ETF inflows lowest for 21 months, finds ETFGI

Mar 12th, 2018 | By

ETFs and ETPs gathered $12.4 billion globally in net inflows during February, the lowest monthly amount since May 2016 when net inflows were $10.5bn, according to ETFGI. The relatively subdued flows are a far cry from January – a bumper month for the industry – when ETFs experienced their highest monthly net inflows on record, pulling in $100.6bn.