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Daiwa to roll out three ESG-focused ETFs on Tokyo Stock Exchange

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Daiwa to roll out three ESG-focused ETFs on Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo-based Daiwa Asset Management is planning to launch three new ETFs in Japan – the Daiwa MSCI Japan ESG ETF, Daiwa Japan Empowering Women ETF, and Daiwa FTSE Blossom Japan ETF. Each fund will provide exposure to locally listed equities while utilizing an environmental, social and governance (ESG) stock screening process. They are due to begin trading on Tuesday 26 September 2017.



FTSE 100 & 250 ETFs set for reshuffle following quarterly index review

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
FTSE 100 ETFs rally as index passes 7,500

ETFs tracking the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are set for a reshuffle following the latest quarterly review from index provider FTSE Russell. Changes to the blue-chip FTSE 100, underlying index to the £5bn iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (ISF), will see NMC Health and Berkeley Group added at the expense of Provident Financial and Royal Mail.



FTSE Russell announces changes to the Industry Classification Benchmark

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
Creation of official GICS real estate sector to change MSCI- and S&P-linked ETFs

Index provider FTSE Russell has announced changes to its Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB), a classification taxonomy used to segregate markets into industries and sectors. The adjustments include real estate becoming the eleventh ICB Industry, as well as a reshuffle of the telecommunications sector to better reflect the present state of industry evolution.



Assets in smart beta ETFs/ETPs reach record high

Aug 24th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

Assets invested in smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record of $607 billion at the end of July 2017, according to data from ETF industry consultant ETFGI. Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of the month for equity smart beta ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States at $538.6bn, in Europe at $44.8bn, in Canada at $14.8bn and in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) at $5.6bn.



Smart Beta vs Factor Returns: Cousins, not Twins

Aug 22nd, 2017 | By
Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction

By Nicolas Rabener, Founder, FactorResearch

BlackRock estimates that smart beta ETFs will reach $1 trillion in assets by 2020 and $2.4 trillion by 2025. Smart beta is based on factor investing research, which categorises stocks into groups with similar attributes. Although smart beta is based on factor investing and many investors take smart beta as proxies for factors, these are fundamentally different products. In this short research note we will compare the returns of smart beta ETFs and factors.



BlackRock launches iShares US ‘pure revenue’ ETF

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches iShares US ‘pure revenue’ ETF

BlackRock has launched the iShares Russell 1000 Pure US Revenue ETF (Nasdaq: AMCA), providing exposure to US large- and mid-cap equities which derive the vast majority of their revenue from within the United States. AMCA may provide an efficient means for investors to place a bet on the continuing strength of the US economy.



Harvest launches FTSE China A50 ETF in Shanghai

Aug 8th, 2017 | By
Harvest launches FTSE China A50 ETF in Shanghai

Harvest Fund Management has launched the Harvest FTSE China A50 Index ETF on Shanghai Stock Exchange, offering investors a new channel to participate in the growing blue-chip market in China. The fund is the first domestically listed ETF to track a FTSE Russell index.



Lyxor launches US and European infrastructure ETFs

Jul 25th, 2017 | By
Lyxor launches US and European infrastructure ETFs

Lyxor has launched two new ETFs, the Lyxor FTSE USA Core Infrastructure Capped UCITS ETF (LON: BILD) and the Lyxor FTSE Developed Europe Core Infrastructure Capped UCITS ETF (LON: MAKE), tracking companies from the US and European infrastructure sectors respectively. According to Lyxor, the ETFs may offer investors a steady source of income which is less sensitive to short-term market cycles and hedged against inflation.



Record Q2 dividends puts spotlight on UK income ETFs

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Record Q2 UK dividends puts spotlight on income ETFs

UK companies distributed an all-time record £33.3 billion in dividends in the second quarter, comfortably beating the previous record of £29.1bn set in Q2 last year, according to research from Capita. The dividend windfall highlights the income-generating potential of UK stocks and is likely to enhance the appeal of UK income ETFs to yield-seeking investors.



IndexIQ slashes fees on 50% hedged international equity ETFs

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
IndexIQ’s chief investment officer Salvatore Bruno

IndexIQ has lowered the total expense ratios for its suite of 50 percent currency hedged equity ETFs. The NYSE Arca-listed ETFs provide exposure to international, European and Japanese equities by tracking indices developed by FTSE Russell. Salvatore Bruno, IndexIQ’s chief investment officer, said: “We’re pleased to make it more cost-efficient for investors to access the benefits of our 50 percent hedged suite of international equity ETFs. With these lower fees, this innovative family of funds is even better positioned for future growth.”