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UBS cross-lists gender equality ETF onto Borsa Italiana

Mar 9th, 2018 | By
UBS cross-lists gender ETF onto the Borsa Italiana

UBS has cross-listed its global gender equality ETF onto Borsa Italiana. The share class available on the Italian exchange is hedged to EUR and listed under the ticker code GENDEE IM. The UBS Global Gender Equality UCITS ETF launched in December 2017 and has since accumulated $44m assets under management.

ETFs ring the bell for gender equality

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
The Irish Stock Exchange rings the bell for gender equality.

In events co-coordinated by Women in ETFs, 63 stock exchanges around the world hosted bell ringing ceremonies to mark International Women’s Day and to help advance the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment. ETF issuers have shown they are keen to play their part with a number of ETFs being launched in recent years that select stocks based on gender equality screening.

ETF issuers comment on Italian election results

Mar 6th, 2018 | By
Populist movements in Italy signal a return of political risk in Europe

The results of elections in Italy could signal a return to uncertainty for the European Union as Italian voters favoured two anti-establishment parties, the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the Northern League, in a outcome that failed to provide any party with the majority needed to govern. ETF issuers ETF Securities, WisdomTree and SPDR ETFs, offered their take on the election results.

State Street unveils IntelliGX “living indices”

Mar 6th, 2018 | By
State Street unveils IntelliGXSM – a new suite of dynamic indices

State Street, the ultimate parent of SPDR ETFs, has introduced a new suite of rules-based, dynamically adjusting indices.

High-yield bond ETFs attract record demand from short sellers

Mar 1st, 2018 | By
Sam Pierson IHS Markit

By Sam Pierson, analyst at IHS Markit.

Short demand for high-yield bond ETFs is at the highest level recorded, currently over $7bn in total. Demand remains elevated despite a rally off the lows, which recovered half of the year-to-date losses for the products.

ETFs not to blame for market sell-off, says new Fed Chair

Feb 28th, 2018 | By
Fed Chair Jerome Powell

“ETFs were not at the heart of the market decline”, said new Fed Chair Jerome Powell during his testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. In February, markets had the worst week since January 2016, and the eighth worst since 2008. The S&P 500 Index, underlying reference of the $275bn SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY US), fell 10% between 26th January and 8th February. Powell was asked to respond to a WSJ article which suggested that the close correlation between sectors during that period of volatility was driven by the growing popularity of ETFs.

SSGA introduces currency-hedging for global aggregate bond ETF

Feb 21st, 2018 | By
SSGA rolls out currency-hedging for Bloomberg Barclays global aggregate bond ETF

State Street Global Advisors has introduced three currency-hedged share classes for the recently launched European-listed SPDR Barclays Global Aggregate UCITS ETF. The new share classes offer currency hedging relative to US dollars, pounds sterling, or euros.

US-listed ETFs attract record-breaking inflows in January

Feb 7th, 2018 | By
US-listed ETFs enjoy record-breaking inflows in January, finds SSGA

US-listed ETFs are off to a record-breaking year as investors piled $78 billion worth of net inflows into these products during January — the highest monthly inflow ever — according to data from State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). Matthew Bartolini, head of SPDR Americas research at SSGA, said the net inflows shattered the previous high of $59bn set in November 2016.

SSGA celebrates 25th anniversary of SPDR S&P 500 ETF

Jan 30th, 2018 | By

State Street Global Advisors, the asset manager behind the SPDR range of ETFs, has celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first ever US-listed ETF, its SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY US). Launched on 29 January 1993 with just $6.5m in assets, SPY is now a behemoth with more than $302bn in AUM and average daily trading volume of nearly $25bn.

Bullish outlook for dividends bodes well for high income ETFs

Jan 29th, 2018 | By
Bullish outlook for dividends bodes well for high income ETFs

The findings of a report by IHS Markit could mean high dividend ETFs are in for a strong year. The IHS Markit Dividend Forecasting Report predicts that 2018 will be the third consecutive year of increasing global dividends and will also see the fastest dividend growth since 2014. Emerging markets are expected to lead the way. Thomas Matheson, head of dividend research at IHS Markit, commented, “We expect to see stronger performance across sectors, coupled with resurgent growth in Europe and a notable decrease in dividend cuts.”