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Income ETFs in focus as global dividends hit record highs

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Income ETFs in focus as global dividends hit record highs

The world’s largest 1,200 companies distributed a third-quarter record of $328.1 billion (£248bn) in dividends, according to research from Janus Henderson, putting a new full-year record for 2017 comfortably within reach. The dividend windfall is likely to enhance the appeal of equity income ETFs to yield-seeking investors.



Sector ETFs set to be impacted by changes to GICS

Nov 21st, 2017 | By

MSCI and S&P Dow Jones Indices have announced changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) that will see the telecommunication services sector being broadened and renamed as communication services. The changes are set to affect ETFs that provide exposure to the telecoms, technology and consumer discretionary sectors, and will take effect in September 2018.



KraneShares releases further commentary on China Environment ETF

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
Jonathan Krane, CEO of KraneShares

KraneShares has released further commentary on its recently launched thematic ETF – the KraneShares MSCI China Environment ETF (KGRN US) – which provides access to Chinese companies involved in producing environmentally beneficial products and services. Speaking about the investment case for the ETF, Jonathon Krane, CEO of KraneShares, said, “We believe Chinese companies focused on contributing to a more environmentally sustainable economy may potentially benefit from this focused initiative.”



BlackRock launches dividend and buyback ETF on Cboe

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches dividend and buyback ETF on Cboe

BlackRock has launched the iShares US Dividend and Buyback ETF (DIVB US) on Cboe ETF Marketplace, providing access to US equities with a history of dividend payments, share buybacks or both. Martin Small, head of US iShares at BlackRock, commented: “We believe all investors should evaluate DIVB as a complement, or wholesale replacement, for the traditional high dividend or dividend growth allocation.”



ETF AUM linked to MSCI equity indices passes $700bn milestone

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
MSCI launches factor ESG index series

MSCI has announced that assets under management in equity ETFs linked to its indices has reached an all-time high of $707 billion, as of 6 November 2017. Diana Tidd, MSCI’s head of index, commented: “[The] AUM benchmarked to our equity indices globally is a testament to our leadership and our ability to deliver a global index framework with broad market coverage that provides an accurate reflection of the equity markets for our clients.”



MSCI reports all factor indices positive for third consecutive month

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports all factor indices positive for third consecutive month

MSCI, one of the leading providers of equity indices to the ETF industry, reports that all of its factor-based indices generated a positive return in October with the best-performing factor for the month being momentum (4.4%) and the worst, high dividend yield (0.8%).



EMEA-listed ETFs gather $8bn in October, reports BlackRock

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
BlackRock highlights six portfolio ideas for global growth

EMEA-listed ETFs recorded net inflows of $7.8 billion in October, according to research from BlackRock. Equity ETFs dominated again with $6.3bn of the net new assets while fixed income ETFs gained $1.1bn. Net new assets for ETFs in the region in the year-to-date now stand at $81bn, already greater than the previous full calendar year record set in 2015.



Tradeweb reports strong net buying of ETFs during October

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
Tradeweb reports strong net buying of ETFs during October

Tradeweb has reported that all ETF asset classes saw net buying in October, according to its most recent monthly trading report. October proved to be another strong month for the platform as total traded volume surpassed €13.7 billion, beating September by more than half a billion euros.



Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Toronto-based Equium Capital has unveiled an ETF share class for its global tactical allocation fund, which was launched in March 2017. The ETF shares will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the name Equium Global Tactical Allocation Fund (ETAC).



SIX reports slowdown in ETF turnover

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
SIX reports slowdown in ETF turnover

SIX Swiss Exchange reported a 13.7% drop in Q3 ETF trading volumes compared to Q2, with the majority of the decrease accounted for by equity ETFs, after the benchmark Swiss Market Index SMI traded sideways for much of the quarter. The year-on-year decline was a relatively modest 3.6%.