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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.

Tech ETFs recoup February losses, and then some

Mar 15th, 2018 | By
Cutting-edge technologies support the growth of the sector

One sector has more than recouped its losses from February’s volatility. Technology has stormed ahead over the past month; 12 of the 15 top-performing London-listed ETFs over one-month track a tech-based index. But, as Chris Dhanraj, Head of the ETF Investment Strategy team at iShares, notes, “In investing, past is not prologue… the question is: Can the good times roll on?”

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.”

Two months into MiFID II: How post-trade reporting is benefitting ETF investors

Mar 14th, 2018 | By
Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock.

By Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock.

Investors use ETF trading volumes in different ways: for asset allocators it is a useful, real-time window into where money is flowing through the trading day. For others, visible flows provide comfort in knowing that there is sufficient liquidity within the products they intend to invest in.

BlackRock introduces distributing share class for giant iShares EM ETF

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF

BlackRock has introduced a distributing share class (EIMU LN) for its giant iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI UCITS ETF on London Stock Exchange.

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.

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.

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.

EURO STOXX 50 turns 20 as ETF-linked assets top $40bn

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
Over $40bn in Euro STOXX 50 ETFs as blue-chip index turns 20

Zurich-based index provider STOXX has celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the launch of the bellwether EURO STOXX 50 Index. The index, which preceded the introduction of the euro by 10 months, is considered the de factor performance benchmark for blue-chip euro zone stocks. It is also one of the most widely tracked indices, with around $40 billion in ETF assets referenced to it.

Gold ETFs see net outflows globally in February

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
Gold ETFs see net outflows globally in February

Gold-backed ETFs (including ETPs) lost 5.1 tonnes of gold during February as investors redeemed assets on the back of a decreasing gold price and increasing volatility, according to data from the World Gold Council.