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EY: Majority of asset managers expected to offer ETFs in five years

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
EY: Majority of asset managers expected to offer ETFs in five years

Two-thirds (67%) of survey respondents believe most asset managers will have an ETF offering in the next five years, according to consultancy firm EY. Although pointing to robust growth within the industry, the report also suggests that ETF providers will face new challenges as the industry grows in size and influence. Lisa Kealy, EY EMEIA wealth & asset management ETF leader, commented: “The industry will need to innovate around investors, refine investor journeys and reduce investor costs to remain competitive.”



Income ETFs in focus as global dividends hit record highs

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Income ETFs in focus as global dividends hit record highs

The world’s largest 1,200 companies distributed a third-quarter record of $328.1 billion (£248bn) in dividends, according to research from Janus Henderson, putting a new full-year record for 2017 comfortably within reach. The dividend windfall is likely to enhance the appeal of equity income ETFs to yield-seeking investors.



BlackRock highlights six portfolio ideas for global growth

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Wei Li, head of iShares EMEA investment strategy at BlackRock

Wei Li, head of iShares EMEA investment strategy at giant ETF issuer BlackRock, has commented on six potential ideas for investors’ portfolio allocations in the face of increasing global economic expansion.



O’Shares to close two currency-hedged quality dividend ETFs

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Connor O'Brien, CEO of O'Shares

Boston-based ETF issuer O’Shares Investments has announced the closing of two ETFs which provide currency-hedged exposure to high quality dividend-paying equities listed in Europe and Asia Pacific. Connor O’Brien, CEO of O’Shares, commented: “The decision has been made to close the funds so we can direct resources to developing new O’Shares ETFs to meet investors’ demand for different strategies.”



Invesco launches three PowerShares fixed income ETFs in Europe

Nov 20th, 2017 | By
Paul Syms, head of fixed income product management at Invesco PowerShares

Invesco has launched three PowerShares-branded fixed income ETFs in Europe. The funds track Bloomberg Barclays indices and provide exposure to bonds from USD-denominated corporates, EUR-denominated corporates, and emerging market sovereigns. Paul Syms, head of fixed income product management at Invesco PowerShares, commented: “There is strong demand from investors for low-cost, simple, transparent and well-structured fixed income solutions. Invesco PowerShares is determined to be the leading provider of such ETFs in Europe.”



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.”



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.



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.”



JP Morgan lists first European-domiciled ETFs on LSE

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
JP Morgan lists first European-domiciled ETFs on the LSE

JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has listed two ETFs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) – the JPM Equity Long-Short UCITS ETF (JELS LN) and the JPM Managed Futures UCITS ETF (JPMF LN) – marking the firm’s entrance into the European ETF provider space. The actively managed funds provide exposure to traditional hedge fund strategies.