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BlackRock introduces currency hedging for global fallen angels ETF

May 23rd, 2018 | By
BlackRock introduces currency hedging for global fallen angels ETF

BlackRock has listed new currency-hedged share classes for the iShares Fallen Angels High Yield Corp Bond UCITS ETF, providing currency risk mitigation for investors trading in euros or pounds sterling. The fund tracks a portfolio of fallen angel bonds issued by companies in developed market countries.



Versatility drives greater ETF use among European institutions

May 18th, 2018 | By
ETFs gaining popularity with Asian institutional investors, finds Greenwich Associates

ETFs deliver the versatility that European institutional investors want in the current fast-changing global market environment, according to a recent study by Greenwich Associates. “After multiple years of regular use, European institutions have found ETFs to be simple, versatile and cost-effective tools, and they are ramping up their investments at a rapid clip,” says Greenwich Associates managing director, Andrew McCollum.



Four ETF trends show cautious optimism for 2018

May 17th, 2018 | By
Four ETF trends show cautious optimism for 2018

By Martin Small, head of US iShares at BlackRock.

Recent flows suggest that investors are priming for a rougher but hopeful future. Here’s where the money went and why.



MSCI announces first China A shares for emerging markets index

May 17th, 2018 | By
MSCI China A Shares 2

MSCI, a leading provider of indices to the ETF industry, has revealed the first wave of China A share companies to be included in its flagship MSCI Emerging Markets Index.



EM ETFs in global sell-off

May 10th, 2018 | By
EM ETFs in global sell-off

An increasingly assertive US foreign policy and a strengthening dollar have contributed to a global sell-off in emerging markets, with Turkey and Latin America among those suffering the biggest falls. ETFs tracking Turkish equities are down almost 15% over the month, and ETFs linked to Mexico and Latin America are down about 10% and 6% respectively. Flows into EM ETFs have also been pared.



Global ETP flows in April fueled by fixed income

May 10th, 2018 | By

Commenting on flows in the EMEA region, Wei Li, head of iShares EMEA investment strategy at BlackRock, said, “Fixed income flows returned to positive territory in April as $1.5bn flowed into EMEA-listed ETPs. Emerging market debt and investment grade ETPs continued to be unpopular, with outflows totalling $475m.”



Gold ETFs enjoy strongest inflows for over a year

May 9th, 2018 | By
Gold ETFs increased AUM 3% ($3.1bn) in April.

Global gold-backed ETFs/ETPs (hereafter ETFs) enjoyed their strongest month of net inflows during April since early 2017, according to data from the World Gold Council. Despite a 1% drop in the gold price over the month, flows into gold ETFs remained steady throughout April leading to an increase in assets under management of 3% ($3.1bn).



BetaShares launches low-cost Australia 200 ETF on ASX

May 9th, 2018 | By
BetaShares launches low-cost Australia 200 ETF on ASX

Australian ETF provider BetaShares has launched the BetaShares Australia 200 ETF (A200 AU) on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). A200 tracks the Solactive Australia 200 Index, which provides exposure to 200 of the largest companies listed on ASX, weighted by free-float market capitalisation.



World Gold Council to launch new low-fee gold ETF

May 9th, 2018 | By
Royal Canadian Mint offers alternative to gold ETCs

The World Gold Council (WGC) is anticipated to launch a new gold-backed ETF, reports Reuters. The WGC owns the world’s largest gold-backed ETF—the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD US), which is marketed by ETF giant SSGA— but is creating a second gold offering with lower management fees.



BlackRock to convert 14 ASX-listed iShares US-domiciled ETFs to Aussie domicile

May 8th, 2018 | By
BlackRock Australia converts 14 ETFs from US to Aussie domiciled

BlackRock is to convert 14 of its ASX-listed iShares US-domiciled ETFs to Australian-domiciled ETFs, removing the need for Australian investors to complete the US IRS’s W8-BEN form.