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Europe-listed ETFs gather €7.8bn in July, finds Morningstar

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Europe-listed ETFs gather €7.8bn in July, finds Morningstar

Europe-listed ETFs saw net inflows of €7.8 billion in July 2017, bringing the total for 2017 to €65bn, according to data from Morningstar. While flows into Europe-listed equity ETFs posted a solid reading of €4.9bn, fixed income ETFs saw tepid demand during the month, recording flows of just €1.6bn, the second lowest monthly flows this year.



VanEck: A wide moat is only half the battle

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
VanEck: A wide moat is only half the battle

Torsten Hunke, chief operating officer, VanEck Europe, discusses the investment process behind the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index, used to underlie the VanEck Vectors Morningstar US Wide Moat UCITS ETF (LON: MOAT). Hunke explains that identifying stocks with wide economic moats (sustainable competitive advantages) is only half the battle; ascertaining which are trading below their fair values is equally as important.



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.



Industry veterans launch European white-label ETF platform

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
Boost ETP co-founders announce launch of new white-label ETF platform

European ETF industry veterans Hector McNeil and Nik Bienkowksi have announced the launch of HANetf, Europe’s first independent “white label” UCITS ETF platform. The platform, which is not linked to any existing issuer, will provide third-party asset managers from around the world with the infrastructure to build and launch ETFs into Europe without having to establish their own full-service business. The pair aim to disrupt the market by lowering the barriers to entry for prospective new ETF issuers.



First Trust becomes largest provider of actively managed ETFs in US

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
Ryan Issakainen, senior vice president, exchange-traded fund strategist at First Trust Advisors.

First Trust has become the largest provider of US-listed actively managed ETFs, based on AUM and number of funds offered –
according to data from Morningstar, as of the end of July, First Trust had $9.9bn invested across 29 US-listed actively managed ETFs. Ryan Issakainen, ETF strategist at First Trust, said: “First Trust has been highly selective in developing a diversified line-up of actively managed ETFs, focusing on categories where we believe active management offers competitive advantages over passive benchmark indices.”



First robotics and automation ETF hits $1bn in assets

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
First robotics and automation ETF hits $1bn in assets

The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF (Nasdaq: ROBO) recently surpassed $1 billion in assets under management (AUM). Launched in October 2013, the ETF was the first to offer thematic equity exposure to companies involved in the production and use of robotics, automation and related technologies.



First Trust: US bull market still has long way to go

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

By Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

For many years now a relatively large contingent of analysts, investors and journalists has been convinced the stock market was in a bubble because the “Shiller PE” ratio was just too high. Back in August 2013, in our Monday Morning Outlook, we made our case that the Shiller model was too pessimistic. Now that looks like a pretty good call.



WisdomTree cross-lists three UCITS ETFs into Mexico

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree cross-lists three UCITS ETFs into Mexico

WisdomTree has cross-listed three UCITS-compliant ETFs into Mexico. The new listings, which include two broad equity funds and one broad commodity fund, bring the total number of WisdomTree ETFs listed on Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV) to 42, made up of 32 US-listed ETFs and ten UCITS ETFs.



Transamerica launches new suite of strategic beta ETFs

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Deutsche launches two strategic beta min vol ETFs

Transamerica Asset Management has launched four new strategic beta ETFs designed to provide core equity strategies with an embedded risk management feature. Called the Deltashares By Transamerica suite, the new ETFs are the first to track the S&P Manged Risk 2.0 Index Series, which offers exposure to a given segment of the equity market while seeking to control volatility.