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STANLIB launches global ETFs on JSE

Mar 15th, 2018 | By
Prejelin Naggan, Head of Primary Markets, JSE and Wehmeyer Ferreira, Chief Operating Officer of STANLIB Index Investments

South African investment manager STANLIB Index Investments has launched a range of global passive ETFs on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Each tracks a different international index and is denominated in South African rand. Wehmeyer Ferreira, COO of STANLIB Index Investments, said: “The funds can confidently be used as building blocks for an investor’s portfolio to expand their investment opportunities outside of South Africa in a low cost and transparent manner.”

Deutsche expands ‘yield plus’ suite with USD corporate bond ETF

Mar 14th, 2018 | By
Deutsche adds USD corporate bond ETF to yield-plus suite

Deutsche Asset Management has added a new ‘yield plus’ corporate bond ETF to its product line-up with the launch of the Xtrackers iBoxx USD Corporate Bond Yield Plus UCITS ETF (XYLD) on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse. The fund tracks the Markit iBoxx USD Corporates 1-20 Yield Plus Index, providing exposure to higher yielding, mostly investment-grade, corporate bonds denominated in US dollars.

Commerzbank launches two ComStage multi-asset ETFs on Deutsche Börse

Mar 14th, 2018 | By
Commerzbank launches two ComStage multi-asset ETFs on Deutsche Börse

German investment bank Commerzbank has introduced two new passively managed multi-asset ETFs on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges, targeting risk-averse and growth-oriented investors.

Ashburton lists global government bond ETF on JSE

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
Ashburton Global Government Bond ETF JSE

Ashburton Investments, the asset management arm of the FirstRand group, has launched the Ashburton World Government Bond ETF (ASHWGB SJ) on Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The ETF is the first to list on JSE to provide exposure to global government bonds.

Investors shed US equity ETPs as global inflows slow, finds BlackRock

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
Investors ditch US equity ETPs in February amid market sell-off, finds BlackRock

Net inflows into ETPs globally slowed to $6.8 billion in February as investors shed products providing exposure to US equities to the tune of $23.0bn, according to the latest ETP Landscape report from BlackRock. Redemptions for US equity ETPs during the month marked a turnaround for the asset class which had achieved cumulative inflows of $122.5bn over the prior four months.

Hartford Funds lowers fees across multifactor ETF suite

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
Hartford Funds lowers fees across its multifactor ETF suite

Hartford Funds has lowered the fees charged on six smart beta equity ETFs. The funds include four multifactor ETFs, which select constituents based on a blend of three factors (value, momentum, and quality, and a further two multifactor factors that also incorporate low volatility screening.

Global ETF inflows lowest for 21 months, finds ETFGI

Mar 12th, 2018 | By

ETFs and ETPs gathered $12.4 billion globally in net inflows during February, the lowest monthly amount since May 2016 when net inflows were $10.5bn, according to ETFGI. The relatively subdued flows are a far cry from January – a bumper month for the industry – when ETFs experienced their highest monthly net inflows on record, pulling in $100.6bn.

Tradeweb’s European ETF market smashes previous trading record in February

Mar 12th, 2018 | By
Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb.

Trading activity on Tradeweb’s European ETF marketplace reached a record-breaking €24 billion in February, up 20% from the previous record of €20bn set in January 2018. Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb, said, “Enhanced best execution requirements under MiFID II have highlighted the benefits of transacting ETFs on electronic trading venues like Tradeweb.”

BlackRock: Guess who’s driving the ETF bus?

Mar 9th, 2018 | By
BlackRock: Guess who’s driving the ETF bus?

ETFs got their biggest boost in 2017 from end investors and advisors. Martin Small, head of US iShares at BlackRock, explains why this is such a big deal.

Will you miss the commodity comeback?

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
Florian Ginez, research analyst at WisdomTree in Europe

By Florian Ginez, research analyst at WisdomTree in Europe.

Do commodities have a place in a portfolio? This is an interesting question in today’s environment. Those of us who have read various finance text books including sections on the benefits of things like “asset allocation” and “diversification” would, almost without thinking, say “yes.” But if we look at the reality of what market participants have experienced in the past five years, we then recognize that, behaviourally, what has been practiced may look quite different.