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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 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.



First Trust launches equally weighted DJIA ETF

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
Ryan Issakainen, senior vice president, exchange-traded fund strategist at First Trust Advisors.

First Trust Advisors has launched the First Trust Dow 30 Equal Weight ETF (NYSE Arca: EDOW), providing equally weighted exposure to the 30 constituents of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Ryan Issakainen, senior vice president, ETF strategist at First Trust Advisors, commented: “We believe that the equally weighted version of this index is a noteworthy enhancement for ETF investors, in comparison to the traditional price-weighted version.”



First Trust Canada proposes merger of AlphaDEX Dividend and Capital Strength ETFs

Aug 10th, 2017 | By
First Trust Canada proposes merger of AlphaDEX Dividend and Capital Strength ETFs

First Trust Portfolios Canada has announced that its board of directors has approved a proposal to merge the First Trust AlphaDEX Canadian Dividend ETF (TSX: FDY) into the First Trust Canadian Capital Strength ETF (TSX: FST). A special meeting of unitholders of FDY will be held on 20 September 2017 to consider and vote upon the proposal.



First Trust launches first active FX ETF in Europe

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
Currency Trading

London-based ETF issuer First Trust Global Portfolios has launched the First Trust FactorFX UCITS ETF (LON: FTFX), Europe’s first actively managed exchange-traded fund investing in foreign exchange markets. The ETF will primarily seek to earn alpha through the implementation of multiple carry trades, a strategy which seeks to capitalise on the interest rate differential between various currencies.



ETFGI: Assets in active ETFs/ETPs up by 31% in H1 2017

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
ETFGI: Assets in active ETFs/ETPs up by 31% in H1 2017

Assets invested in actively managed ETFs/ETPs have grown by 30.5% in the first half of 2017 to reach a new record of $57 billion, according to research by ETFGI. The number of active ETFs/ETPs listed globally also grew by 20% to 364 in the first half of 2017. However, active funds remain a small part of the overall ETF/ETP landscape accounting for only 5% of the total number of ETFs/ETPs listed globally and a mere 1.2% of global assets.



Nasdaq hosts 13 new ETF listings in Q2 2017

Jul 25th, 2017 | By
Nasdaq hosts 13 new ETF listings in Q2 2017

Nasdaq Stock Market hosted 13 new exchange-traded fund listings from four issuers during the second quarter of 2017. ETF providers listing on the exchange during the quarter included Victory Capital, First Trust, Legg Mason and IndexIQ.



First Trust to launch actively managed currency ETF on LSE

Jul 17th, 2017 | By
First Trust to launch actively managed currency ETF on London Stock Exchange

London-based ETF issuer First Trust Global Portfolios is to launch the First Trust FactorFX UCITS ETF (LON: FTFX), an actively managed exchange-traded fund investing in foreign exchange markets. The ETF will primarily seek to earn alpha through the implementation of various carry trades, a strategy which seeks to capitalise on the interest rate differential between various currencies.



Copia’s smart beta ETF portfolios deliver strong first-year performance

Jun 23rd, 2017 | By
Hoshang Daroga, quantitative investment manager at Copia

Copia Capital Management, the discretionary fund manager of Novia group, has announced that its ETF-based smart beta portfolios have outperformed the median IA flexible sector return by an average 8.4% in their first year. Hoshang Daroga, quantitative investment manager at Copia, said: “The strong performance of these new portfolios can be mainly attributed to outperformance from the underlying smart beta ETFs as well as the tactical asset allocation performed using the Copia Quant Model and the Dorsey Wright investment strategy.”



First Trust launches California municipal high income ETF

Jun 22nd, 2017 | By
First Trust launches California municipal high income ETF

First Trust Advisors has launched the First Trust California Municipal High Income ETF (Nasdaq: FCAL), providing income that is exempt from regular federal income taxes and California state income taxes with long-term capital appreciation as a secondary objective.