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IG picks six of the best socially responsible ETFs

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Sam Dickens, assistant portfolio manager at IG.

By Sam Dickens, assistant portfolio manager at IG.

If you are looking to invest in the stock market but also want to make a positive impact on environmental and social issues, then socially responsible investing may be for you. In this piece we take a look at six of the best ETFs that facilitate socially responsible investing.



ETF Securities lists global robotics ETF in Australia

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Robotics ETFs record strong inflows as sector outperforms

ETF Securities has listed the ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO) on the Australian Stock Exchange, providing exposure to one of the fastest growing themes within the global technology segment.



MSCI reports fear of extreme events rising higher

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports fear of extreme events rising higher

By George Bonne, executive director of equity factor research, MSCI.

In May, we wrote that despite the generally low market volatility that has prevailed this year, investors were paying relatively high prices for downside protection as measured by “options skew” – the difference in implied volatility between an out-of-the-money option and an at-the-money option. Low market volatility largely continued through the summer, but how has options skew behaved – has it fallen to more “normal” levels?



Barclays, Novus unveil smart beta equity indices based on hedge fund filings

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Barclays, Novus unveil smart beta equity indices based on hedge fund filings

Barclays and data analytics platform Novus have launched the Novus Barclays Public Ownership HF Conviction Index family, a new addition to the Barclays range of Quantitative Investment Strategies. The smart beta indices track equities which, according to regulatory filings, are commonly being held in high conviction positions across some of the largest funds in the hedge fund industry.



Global ETF assets close in on $5 trillion

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Deutsche introduces GBP-hedged MSCI World ETF to Switzerland

ETFGI, a London-based ETF research and consultancy firm, has released the results of its monthly ETF landscape report showing assets invested in globally-listed ETFs have grown 35.3% in the first eight months of 2017 to reach a new record high of $4.8 trillion. On current momentum, global ETF assets look set to reach $5tn in the next few months.



MSCI reports all factor indices positive in August

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports all factor indices positive in August

MSCI has released its index performance report for August 2017, breaking down the best and worst performing equity indices over this period by country, factor and sector. The index provider, which is one of the leading providers of equity indices to the exchange-traded fund industry, reports that all of its factor-based indices generated a positive return in August with the best performing factor during August being quality (1.4%) and the worst, enhanced value (0.2%).



Franklin Templeton makes ETF debut in Europe

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Patrick O’Connor, global head of ETFs at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Franklin Templeton has made its exchange-traded funds debut in Europe with the launch of four smart beta ETFs on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse’s Xetra. Branded as Franklin LibertyShares and linked to custom proprietary indices, the launch includes a pair of multi-factor ETFs, one of which is SRI focused, and a pair of quality dividend ETFs. Patrick O’Connor, head of global ETFs at Franklin Templeton, said: “Our first European offerings aim to help investors achieve specific investment outcomes such as strong risk-adjusted returns, lower volatility and downside protection.”



Sun Life Global to acquire Excel Funds

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
First Asset launches actively managed Canadian REIT and dividend ETFs

Canadian financial services firm Sun Life Global has agreed to buy Toronto-based asset manager Excel Funds Management in a move which will add ETFs to Sun Life’s roster of funds for the first time.



Franklin Templeton adopts Euroclear’s international ETF structure for European ETFs

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
Franklin Templeton partners with Euroclear to debut ETFs in Europe

Franklin Templeton has adopted Euroclear’s international security structure for its European line-up of ETFs. Launched in 2013, Euroclear’s international structure for ETFs aims to bring increased efficiency to a process that had previously only been supported by fragmented domestic market practices across Europe.



Strategic beta ETFs simply repackage risk, finds Morningstar

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
ETF providers take action to improve transparency and safeguards around securities lending

Strategic beta ETFs (also widely known as smart beta ETFs) may not be as distinctive as advertised – market capitalisation weighted ETFs may be able to capture some of the performance drivers of strategic beta alternatives at a lower cost, finds Morningstar.