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MTS to launch RFQ trading for ETFs

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By
MTS to launch RFQ trading for ETFs

MTS, one of Europe’s largest electronic fixed income trading venues, is to launch request-for-quote (RFQ) trading for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) via its multi-dealer-to-client MTS BondVision platform. The new service will offer liquidity providers access to a diverse community of global institutional investors and will support ETF products listed on the Borsa Italiana and London Stock Exchange. ETF issuers available via platform will include Amundi, db X-trackers, ETF Securities, iShares, Lyxor, Ossiam, PowerShares, RBS, Source, SPDR and UBS.



Global X Funds unveils “Next Emerging & Frontier” ETF

Nov 8th, 2013 | By
Global X Funds expands Guru ETF family

Global X Funds, a New York-based provider of exchange-traded funds, has unveiled the Global X Next Emerging & Frontier ETF (EMFM), a new ETF providing exposure to an exciting crop of less developed emerging and frontier market countries. Bruno del Ama, chief executive officer of Global X Funds, said: “Investing in emerging markets continues to be an important strategy for portfolio diversification and growth, but investors must now look beyond more mature [emerging market] economies to regions with accelerating growth rates and expanding populations.”



Commodity ETFs rally as Federal Reserve defers tapering

Sep 19th, 2013 | By
Big bets on oil remain stalwart, despite bearish signals

Commodity ETFs rallied sharply higher on Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve said it would leave its quantitative easing programme unchanged, a policy largely seen as supporting commodity prices. Most risk assets reacted positively to the announcement, but gold and oil, in particular, experienced a strong bounce, with the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), the world’s largest gold ETF, adding 4.5% and the United States Oil Fund (USO), the word’s largest oil ETF, adding 2.4%.



First Trust launches active managed futures strategy ETF

Aug 7th, 2013 | By
First Trust launches active managed futures strategy ETF

First Trust, a global provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), has launched an actively managed ETF providing investors with access to a managed futures strategy. The fund, the First Trust Morningstar Managed Futures Strategy ETF (FMF), which has been listed on the NYSE Arca, seeks to provide investors with positive returns and to exceed the performance of the Morningstar Diversified Futures Index, the fund’s benchmark.



Contrarian alert: Keep a beady eye on Turkey ETFs!

Aug 5th, 2013 | By
PIMCO: Turkey – A Rolling Challenge

By David Stevenson – This week I have a small piece of mid-summer madness. Now that all those sensible people have quite rightly vanished from the office, I’m fairly sure that only the most clinically insane are left staring at their computers (like me), hunting down new investment ideas. If you are indeed one of these bemused loners, may I suggest a very contrarian call – Turkish equities?!



Boost’s new short and leveraged FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 ETPs go live on LSE

Jul 8th, 2013 | By
Boost’s new short and leveraged FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 ETPs go live on LSE

Boost, a London-based provider of short and leveraged exchange-traded products (ETPs), has listed five new products on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) offering exposure to the FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 indices. The products, based on specialist short and leveraged versions of their parent FTSE indices, offer -1x and 2x exposure to the mid-cap FTSE 250 and 2x, -2x and -1x exposure to the large-cap FTSE 100.



ESMA, EBA publish benchmark principles

Jun 10th, 2013 | By
ESMA, EBA publish final benchmark principles

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) have published a series of principles for improving the calculation of key benchmark indices. The principles, which relate to index users, administrators, calculation agents, publishers and data submitters, address problems identified with benchmark-setting processes and are intended to instil market confidence and guarantee benchmark accuracy and integrity. However, while the principles have broadly been accepted by industry participants, some feel they fall short in key areas.



Anybody fancy buying gold miners?

May 21st, 2013 | By
VanEck expects strong growth in natural resources ETFs for 2017

By David Stevenson – Despite all the grim news surrounding gold, I find myself looking afresh at gold mining equity funds and wondering whether now is the time to start quietly increasing my exposure. In essence, investors face two equally dismal choices. Do they focus on investing with an active fund manager who will “know” which miners to back or do they invest in a passive ETF? The second equally lethal choice is whether they should back larger lower-cost miners or junior miners where the rewards could be huge?



Commodities super-cycle far from over, asserts ETF Securities

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
Commodities super-cycle far from over, asserts ETF Securities

ETF Securities believes that the commodity super-cycle is far from over, despite recent falls in commodity prices which have wiped billions off the firm’s assets under management. The London-headquartered exchange-traded product (ETP) provider asserts that the main fundamental drivers of the super-cycle are still in force and that recent commodity price weaknesses are more related to business-cycle fluctuations and short-term commodity-specific supply increases than a change in structural fundamentals.



Frontier markets ETFs “too significant to ignore”

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
Frontier markets ETFs potentially “too significant to ignore”

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) linked to frontier markets, such as the db X-trackers S&P Select Frontier UCITS ETF, present an enticing proposition for investors. Inherently a long-term investment opportunity, they not only offer potential for strong returns, but also provide an ideal means of portfolio diversification. With 22% of the world’s population, of which almost 60% is under 30 years of age, abundant natural resources and low labour costs, frontier markets are “too significant to ignore”, says Tim Drinkall of Morgan Stanley Investment Management.