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First Trust Eurozone AlphaDEX ETF passes €100m milestone

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
Derek Fulton, CEO at First Trust Global Portfolios

The First Trust Eurozone AlphaDEX UCITS ETF (FEUZ LN) has grown to over €100 million in AUM three years after launch. The ETF, which provides smart beta exposure to eurozone stocks with growth and value characteristics, has also been awarded a coveted five-star Morningstar Rating based on a risk- and cost-adjusted analysis of fund performance compared to similar eurozone large-cap equity funds. Derek Fulton, CEO at First Trust Global Portfolios, commented: “We believe this demonstrates the true flexibility of the ETF structure to deliver alpha for investors.”



John Hancock unveils multi-factor small cap ETF

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
John Hancock unveils multi-factor small cap ETF

John Hancock Investments has launched the John Hancock Multifactor Small Cap ETF (JHSC US) on NYSE Arca. Andrew G. Arnott, president and CEO of John Hancock, commented: “Our firm’s momentum in the ETF space has been strong, and we now have $1 billion in ETF assets under management.”



ETF flows chasing fee cuts, reports FactSet

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
ETF flows chasing fee cuts, reports FactSet

ETF flows have started to chase the fund fee cuts that have become a staple of the industry in recent months, according to new research released by FactSet. The report comes in the wake of numerous announcements in the last few months of fee reductions and new ultra-low-cost funds from major players, including Charles Schwab, State Street Global Advisors, Franklin Templeton, Deutsche Asset Management and Invesco PowerShares.



Global ETF inflows hit €500bn for 2017, reports Amundi

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
Global ETF inflows hit €500bn for 2017, reports Amundi

Exchange-traded funds recorded €52.6 billion of inflows during October, taking the global total for 2017 to €500bn, according to research by Amundi. In Europe, inflows totalled €6.8bn for October (€80.6bn since January), with €5.8bn flowing into equity products and €1bn into fixed income products.



ProShares unveils inverse ETFs targeting bricks-and-mortar retailers

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
ProShares Inverse Retailers ETF

ProShares has launched the ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF (EMTY) on NYSE Arca, the first ETF specifically designed to benefit from the decline of US-listed bricks-and-mortar retail firms. Investors looking for an alternative play on this theme – simultaneously capturing the increasing popularity of online retailing – may wish to consider the ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF (CLIX US) which also launched today.



Quality best-performing factor in 2017, reports FTSE and OpenheimerFunds

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
Quality best performing factor in 2017, reports FTSE and OpenheimerFunds

Quality has replaced value as the factor driving US large-cap equities in 2017 so far, according to new research from FTSE Russell and OppenheimerFunds.



Horizons launches Canadian equity smart beta ETF

Nov 15th, 2017 | By
Horizons launches Canadian equity smart beta ETF

Horizons ETFs has launched the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF (INOC CN) on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The ETF, linked to the Nasdaq Inovestor Canada Index, gives access to Canadian equities that offer high exposure to the value and quality factors.



Reality Shares and Nasdaq launch Blockchain Tech Index

Nov 15th, 2017 | By
Reality Shares and Nasdaq launch Blockchain Tech Index

Reality Shares and Nasdaq have launched the Reality Shares Nasdaq Blockchain Economy Index, a smart beta index tracking the development of leading global companies creating and implementing blockchain solutions. An ETF that will track the index is already in the works, with Reality Shares submitting initial regulatory papers on 2 November 2017.



JP Morgan lists first European-domiciled ETFs on LSE

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
JP Morgan lists first European-domiciled ETFs on the LSE

JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has listed two ETFs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) – the JPM Equity Long-Short UCITS ETF (JELS LN) and the JPM Managed Futures UCITS ETF (JPMF LN) – marking the firm’s entrance into the European ETF provider space. The actively managed funds provide exposure to traditional hedge fund strategies.



PowerShares study finds record satisfaction among smart beta users

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
PowerShares study finds record satisfaction among smart beta users

Satisfaction with smart beta products among users has hit a record 97%, up from 96% in 2016 and 91% in 2015, according to the results of the fourth annual European smart beta survey commissioned by ETF provider Invesco PowerShares.