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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.

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.

SSGA switches core US equity ETFs to in-house indices

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
SSGA switches core US equity ETFs to in-house indices

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has changed the underlying indices for three of its core US equity ETFs – those providing exposure to the large-cap, small-cap, and total-cap segments of the market – by dropping incumbent index provider FTSE Russell in favour of SSGA in-house indices, calculated by NYSE.

ETF flows can impact underlying constituent share prices, finds KBW

Nov 9th, 2017 | By
KBW reports on share price impact of ETF flows

Large flows to and from ETFs that are significant shareholders in their underlying constituents relative to those constituents’ average daily trading volumes are likely to impact the share prices of the those constituents, according to research from investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW).

Lyxor launches Europe’s first gender equality ETF

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Lyxor Gender Equality etf

Lyxor has launched the Lyxor Gender Equality ETF (ELLE FP), Europe’s first ETF to focus on companies leading the field in gender equality. Commenting on the launch, Clarisse Djabbari, deputy head of Lyxor ETFs & indexing, said: “This ETF marks an important step in our progress towards a complete range of environmental, social and governance based investment products.” The ETF is linked to the Equileap Global Gender Equality Index, an index of 150 high-ranking stocks based on gender equality.

Look beyond an ETF’s expense ratio: SSGA

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
James E. Ross, chairman of the global SPDR business, SSGA

By James E. Ross, chairman of the Global SPDR business at State Street Global Advisors.

It’s a refrain we repeat often at State Street Global Advisors and during meetings with clients: when selecting an ETF, you need to look beyond the expense ratio to assess a fund’s total cost of ownership. Why? Because using the expense ratio as the sole factor when selecting an ETF without considering additional variables, especially how you will invest and trade that fund, could wind up costing you more money in the long run. 

ETF commentators respond to BoE’s ‘dovish’ rate hike

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
BOE announces dovish rate hike

The Bank of England (BoE) has announced a widely expected increase in the base rate from 0.25% to 0.50%, the first rise in over a decade, after the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 in favour of the hike. Market commentators from across the ETF industry share their interpretations of the rate rise.

ETF issuers top list of world’s largest asset managers

Oct 30th, 2017 | By
ETF issuers top list of world’s largest asset managers

ETF providers have taken the top three places in a ranking of global asset managers by assets under management (AUM), according to research from risk management and investment consultants Willis Towers Watson.

Global ETF inflows up 80% on 2016 YTD, reports ETFGI

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
YTD Global ETF inflows up 80% on 2016, reports ETFGI

Year-to-date (YTD) net inflows for ETFs globally reached a record $433 billion at the end of September 2017, according to ETFGI, an increase of 79% from the same period in 2016. The $49bn of net new assets gathered during September marked the forty-fourth consecutive month of inflows and brings total global ETF assets to $4.5 trillion.

SPDR ETFs: Four principles for building your core portfolio

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
SPDR ETFs: Four principles for building your core portfolio

By Matthew J. Bartolini, head of SPDR Americas research, State Street Global Advisors.

A strong, flexible portfolio depends heavily on how assets are allocated in its core. That’s because the core is the largest part of a portfolio, and research has long shown that asset allocation decisions explain over 90% of the variance in portfolio returns. And today’s low return expectations make building an ultra-low cost, diversified core more important than ever so that costs don’t erode your investment returns.