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First Trust Eurozone AlphaDEX ETF passes €100m milestone

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
Derek Fulton, CEO at First Trust Global Portfolios

The First Trust Eurozone AlphaDEX UCITS ETF (FEUZ LN) has grown to over €100 million in AUM three years after launch. The ETF, which provides smart beta exposure to eurozone stocks with growth and value characteristics, has also been awarded a coveted five-star Morningstar Rating based on a risk- and cost-adjusted analysis of fund performance compared to similar eurozone large-cap equity funds. Derek Fulton, CEO at First Trust Global Portfolios, commented: “We believe this demonstrates the true flexibility of the ETF structure to deliver alpha for investors.”



John Hancock unveils multi-factor small cap ETF

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
John Hancock unveils multi-factor small cap ETF

John Hancock Investments has launched the John Hancock Multifactor Small Cap ETF (JHSC US) on NYSE Arca. Andrew G. Arnott, president and CEO of John Hancock, commented: “Our firm’s momentum in the ETF space has been strong, and we now have $1 billion in ETF assets under management.”



ETF flows chasing fee cuts, reports FactSet

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
ETF flows chasing fee cuts, reports FactSet

ETF flows have started to chase the fund fee cuts that have become a staple of the industry in recent months, according to new research released by FactSet. The report comes in the wake of numerous announcements in the last few months of fee reductions and new ultra-low-cost funds from major players, including Charles Schwab, State Street Global Advisors, Franklin Templeton, Deutsche Asset Management and Invesco PowerShares.



Global ETF inflows hit €500bn for 2017, reports Amundi

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
Global ETF inflows hit €500bn for 2017, reports Amundi

Exchange-traded funds recorded €52.6 billion of inflows during October, taking the global total for 2017 to €500bn, according to research by Amundi. In Europe, inflows totalled €6.8bn for October (€80.6bn since January), with €5.8bn flowing into equity products and €1bn into fixed income products.



American Century licenses Precidian’s ActiveShares ETF structure

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
Edward Rosenberg, senior vice president and head of ETFs for American Century

American Century Investments has entered into an agreement with Precidian Investments to license the firm’s ActiveShares methodology in support of the potential launch of actively-managed, semi-transparent ETFs. The Precidian model allows ETF issuers to deliver actively-managed investment strategies in an ETF vehicle without disclosing holdings on a daily basis. Edward Rosenberg, senior vice president and head of ETFs for American Century, commented: “Our long-term plan is to leverage our established active-management capabilities to bring clients our investment strategies in an ETF format.”



WisdomTree comments on how currency fluctuations impact ETF returns

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree comments on how currency fluctuations impact ETF returns

By Wisdomtree’s economic research team.

Investors looking to invest in ETFs may notice there are different currencies associated with the instrument. These currencies can have a significant impact on the return of the product, and therefore it’s important to understand how they work and why they fluctuate. This article seeks to offer some clarity to investors and traders around how currencies in ETFs work.



LGIM to buy ETF Securities’ European ETF platform

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
LGIM to buy ETF Securities’ European ETF platform

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has agreed to buy ETF Securities’ European ETF platform known as Canvas. The news comes two days after WisdomTree announced a deal to buy ETF Securities’ European ETP business. Graham Tuckwell, founder and chairman of ETF Securities, commented, “Combining the ETF expertise and capabilities of Canvas with the scale and reach of LGIM should be transformative for existing and new customers.”



SSGA switches core US equity ETFs to in-house indices

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
SSGA switches core US equity ETFs to in-house indices

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has changed the underlying indices for three of its core US equity ETFs – those providing exposure to the large-cap, small-cap, and total-cap segments of the market – by dropping incumbent index provider FTSE Russell in favour of SSGA in-house indices, calculated by NYSE.



ProShares unveils inverse ETFs targeting bricks-and-mortar retailers

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
ProShares Inverse Retailers ETF

ProShares has launched the ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF (EMTY) on NYSE Arca, the first ETF specifically designed to benefit from the decline of US-listed bricks-and-mortar retail firms. Investors looking for an alternative play on this theme – simultaneously capturing the increasing popularity of online retailing – may wish to consider the ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF (CLIX US) which also launched today.



There’s more to ETF liquidity than AUM and ADV, says Deutsche

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
Look beyond ADV and AUM for ETF liquidity, says Deutsche AM

A new research note from Deutsche Asset Management argues that the most commonly used measures to assess an ETF’s liquidity may not give investors the full picture.