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Harvest launches FTSE China A50 ETF in Shanghai

Aug 8th, 2017 | By
Harvest launches FTSE China A50 ETF in Shanghai

Harvest Fund Management has launched the Harvest FTSE China A50 Index ETF on Shanghai Stock Exchange, offering investors a new channel to participate in the growing blue-chip market in China. The fund is the first domestically listed ETF to track a FTSE Russell index.



Schwab files for first ETF launch in four years

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Investors want more ETFs as smart beta stirs interest

Charles Schwab has filed a regulatory request with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to list its first ETF since 2013. The fund, named the Schwab 1000 Index ETF, will track an in-house index composed of the largest 1,000 US stocks by market cap putting the fund in direct competition with ETFs that track the Russell 1000 Index.



Legg Mason launches small-cap smart beta ETF

Jul 18th, 2017 | By
Legg Mason launches international high dividend low volatility ETF

Legg Mason has launched a multi-factor ETF that gives exposure to small-cap US equities. The Legg Mason Small-Cap Quality Value ETF (Nasdaq: SQLV) tracks the Royce Small-Cap Quality Value Index, which has been developed by small-cap specialists Royce & Associates.



BlackRock launches iShares Russell 2500 ETF on Bats

Jul 10th, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches iShares emerging markets ex China ETF

BlackRock has launched the iShares Russell 2500 ETF (SMMD) on Bats’ ETF MarketPlace, providing exposure to mid- and small-cap US equities. The fund may find favour with investors looking to avoid the potentially overvalued tech-heavy large-cap segment of the US equity market.



FTSE Russell launches new Japan ESG Index

Jul 3rd, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell launches new Japan ESG Index

FTSE Russell has launched the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, tracking the performance of Japanese firms which have scored highly in an analysis of their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The index may be used as a benchmark for discretionary fund management or as the underlying for investment products including ETFs.



Lyxor launches two multi-factor income ETFs

Jun 30th, 2017 | By
Adam Laird, head of ETF strategy, Northern Europe, Lyxor

Lyxor has launched two new multi-factor smart beta ETFs, providing exposure to US and UK equities, that give investors exposure to the quality, low volatility and high dividend factors. Each fund has a total expense ratio of 0.19%, pricing the funds as some of the lowest cost income-based ETF strategies available in Europe. Adam Laird, head of ETF strategy, Northern Europe, Lyxor, commented: “Particularly in this environment of low yields, the lower charges on ETFs mean more of the dividend goes to the investor.”



FTSE Russell announces constituent changes to US indices

Jun 20th, 2017 | By
Lyxor launches nine US equity sector ETFs

FTSE Russell has posted its official preliminary lists of companies set to enter or leave its Russell US Indices ahead of their annual rebalance after markets close on 23 June 2017. 



ICE to acquire BofAML index business

Jun 5th, 2017 | By
Intercontinental Exchange to acquire Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s index platform

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the owner of NYSE, has agreed to acquire the index business of Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML). The acquisition, which includes more than 5,000 indices, significantly enhances the firm’s fixed income indexing capabilities at time when bond ETFs are experiencing exponential growth.



Building portfolios with ETFs

May 31st, 2017 | By
Building portfolios with ETFs

Building portfolios with ETFs, Darren Smith, IFA, 2Plan Wealth Management, Irene Bauer, Chief Investment Officer, Twenty20 Investments, Amanda Robello, Head of Passive Distribution, UK, Ireland & Channel Islands, Deutsche Asset Management and Andrew Keegan, Portfolio Strategist, Multi-Asset Strategies Group, BlackRock.



LSE bolsters FTSE Russell franchise with acquisition of Citi Fixed Income Indices

May 30th, 2017 | By
LSE bolsters FTSE Russell franchise with acquisition of Citi's Yield Book and Fixed Income Indices

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has agreed to acquire The Yield Book and Citi Fixed Income Indices from Citigroup for $685 million in cash. The acquisition represents a significant opportunity for LSEG to enhance its fixed income data and analytics capabilities and strengthen its FTSE Russell index franchise, bringing an increase in benchmark AUM of around $2 trillion. The deal substantially bolsters FTSE Russell’s footprint and product offering in the fixed income space – one of the fastest-growing segments of the ETF industry – and follows the acquisition of the Russell Indexes business in 2014.