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Smart beta adoption grows but challenges remain, finds FTSE Russell

May 23rd, 2018 | By
Rolf Agather, managing director of North America research, FTSE Russell

According to the fifth annual FTSE Russell smart beta survey, 48% of asset owners globally have an existing allocation to smart beta strategies, the highest proportion since the survey began. Rolf Agather, managing director of North America research, FTSE Russell, said, “With five years of results for our global smart beta survey, we are able to offer unique insight across the industry on how the preferences and needs of our global clients are changing.” The index provider notes that educational shortfalls remain, despite the strong growth in adoption.



DWS launches Xtrackers emerging markets bond ETF on Xetra

May 17th, 2018 | By
DWS launches Xtrackers emerging markets bond ETF on Xetra

DWS has launched the Xtrackers II USD Emerging Markets Bond UCITS ETF (XUEM GY) on Xetra, providing exposure to investment grade and high yield emerging market bonds denominated in US dollars. The fund’s reference index is composed of bonds issued by governments, regional governments, or government-related entities.



Vanguard launches total China ETF in Hong Kong

May 10th, 2018 | By
Yan Pu, head of portfolio review, Asia, Vanguard Investments Hong Kong

Vanguard has launched the Vanguard Total China Index ETF on Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The underlying FTSE Total China Connect Index provides exposure to all of China’s equity share classes in the large- and mid-cap space. Yan Pu, head of portfolio review, Asia, Vanguard Investments Hong Kong, commented, “This ETF is the most comprehensive China ETF in Hong Kong, and will give investors a convenient tool to gain broad exposure to the world’s second largest economy.”



ETFs to capitalise on “Greek shoots of recovery”

May 9th, 2018 | By
Greece appears to be on the road to economic recovery.

Greece is in much better shape than the dark days of its government debt crisis which ultimately led to it becoming the first Western country to default on its debt repayments to the IMF in June 2015. For those seeking to benefit from what one economist calls “Greek shoots of recovery”, ETFs provide a low-cost means of access.



SSGA introduces distributing share class for SPDR FTSE UK All Share ETF

May 1st, 2018 | By
UK equities London FTSE

State Street Global Advisors has introduced a distributing share class for the SPDR FTSE UK All Share UCITS ETF. The new share class, available on both Deutsche Börse and London Stock Exchange, will suit income-seeking investors looking for comprehensive access to the UK equity market.



Vanguard launches first ever active ETFs down under

Apr 17th, 2018 | By
Vanguard has launched its first two actively managed ETFs on Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

Vanguard has launched its first actively managed ETFs on Australian Securities Exchange – the Vanguard Global Value Equity Active ETF (VVLU AU) and Vanguard Global Minimum Volatility Active ETF (VMIN AU). The funds are managed by Vanguard’s Quantitative Equity Group and combine rules-based methodologies with an active oversight to provide targeted and consistent factor exposures.



Saudi Arabia promoted to ‘Emerging’ status by FTSE Russell

Apr 5th, 2018 | By
Khalid Al Hussan, Chief Executive Officer of Tadawul

FTSE Russell has promoted Saudi Arabia to Secondary Emerging Market status. As a consequence, the country will now be added to the FTSE Emerging Index, underlying reference to Vanguard’s sizeable EM ETFs, with a projected overall weighting of roughly 2.7%. Khalid Al Hussan, chief executive officer of Tadawul, said the promotion “marks a significant moment in the development of our [Saudi Arabia’s] capital markets.”



Stoxx introduces new custom index brand: Omnient

Mar 27th, 2018 | By
Stoxx launches investable indices for defined benefit pension plans

Zurich-based Stoxx has launched a new index brand, called Omnient, to offer custom indices based on its existing universe. Matteo Andreetto, CEO of Stoxx, commented, “Omnient addresses a clear need for solutions of low-to-medium complexity, differentiated from our premium brands.”



Lyxor launches new ‘Core’ ETF range, with fees as low as 4bps

Mar 21st, 2018 | By
Lyxor launches new ‘Core’ ETF range, with fees as low as 4bps

Lyxor has launched a new range of ‘Core’ ETFs with total expense ratios starting from just 4 basis points. The range is composed of 16 ETFs covering the major equity markets as well as gilts and TIPS on the fixed income side. Four new ETFs have been launched to complement 12 existing, re-badged ETFs whose fees have been cut. Arnaud Llinas, head of ETFs and indexing at Lyxor, said, “Investors tell us they want simple, high quality ETFs at low costs. We’ve launched our Core range to achieve precisely that.”



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.