‘ Themes and Strategy ’

7IM: Ten years in the life of ETFs

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Peter Sleep, senior investment manager, Seven Investment Management (7IM).

Peter Sleep, senior investment manager, Seven Investment Management (7IM) takes a look at key developments over the decade that he’s spent with 7IM. He reviews falling fees, the arrival of new players, through to some potential challengers for the future.



Direxion launches triple leveraged emerging market bonds ETF

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Sylvia Jablonski, managing director at Direxion

Inverse and leveraged ETF provider Direxion has launched the Direxion Daily Emerging Markets Bond Bull 3X Shares (NYSE Arca: EMBU), providing triple-leveraged exposure to the performance of US dollar-denominated bonds issued by 55 emerging market countries. Sylvia Jablonski, managing director at Direxion, commented: “Emerging market bonds can offer the opportunity to gain higher yield and return, which has been the case recently.”



Investors flock to gold amid geopolitical tensions, reports ETF Securities

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Investors flock to gold amid geopolitical tensions, reports ETF Securities

London-based ETF Securities has reported that its gold ETPs attracted $63.2 million of net new assets in the week ending Friday 11 August 2017. The strong asset gathering, reportedly in response to demand for portfolio protection amid rising geopolitical tensions, marked the third consecutive week of positive net inflows for the yellow metal.



VanEck: A wide moat is only half the battle

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
VanEck: A wide moat is only half the battle

Torsten Hunke, chief operating officer, VanEck Europe, discusses the investment process behind the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index, used to underlie the VanEck Vectors Morningstar US Wide Moat UCITS ETF (LON: MOAT). Hunke explains that identifying stocks with wide economic moats (sustainable competitive advantages) is only half the battle; ascertaining which are trading below their fair values is equally as important.



iShares’ newly launched short-term TIPS ETF sees large inflow

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Newly-launched iShares short-term TIPS ETF sees large inflow

The iShares $ TIPS 0-5 UCITS ETF has recorded a significant inflow of around $177 million. The newly launched fund, introduced on the London Stock Exchange in April of this year, saw its total assets under management jump on Monday 7th August 2017 to $185m from approximately $7.5m in seed capital.



Nikko calls China the great disruptor of our time

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Yu-Ming Wang, CIO, Nikko Asset Management.

By Yu-Ming Wang, CIO, Nikko Asset Management.

As China’s economic development enters a more sophisticated and mature phase, it is beginning to challenge many of the status quos that have been taken for granted since the middle of the 20th century. With its large domestic market and huge savings pool, China does not simply follow the rules. China and its companies are becoming increasingly competitive, disrupting many long-established norms by leveraging various competitive advantages such as economies of scale, product differentiation and erecting higher barriers to new entrants.



Industry veterans launch European white-label ETF platform

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
Boost ETP co-founders announce launch of new white-label ETF platform

European ETF industry veterans Hector McNeil and Nik Bienkowksi have announced the launch of HANetf, Europe’s first independent “white label” UCITS ETF platform. The platform, which is not linked to any existing issuer, will provide third-party asset managers from around the world with the infrastructure to build and launch ETFs into Europe without having to establish their own full-service business. The pair aim to disrupt the market by lowering the barriers to entry for prospective new ETF issuers.



First Trust becomes largest provider of actively managed ETFs in US

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
Ryan Issakainen, senior vice president, exchange-traded fund strategist at First Trust Advisors.

First Trust has become the largest provider of US-listed actively managed ETFs, based on AUM and number of funds offered –
according to data from Morningstar, as of the end of July, First Trust had $9.9bn invested across 29 US-listed actively managed ETFs. Ryan Issakainen, ETF strategist at First Trust, said: “First Trust has been highly selective in developing a diversified line-up of actively managed ETFs, focusing on categories where we believe active management offers competitive advantages over passive benchmark indices.”



First robotics and automation ETF hits $1bn in assets

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
First robotics and automation ETF hits $1bn in assets

The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF (Nasdaq: ROBO) recently surpassed $1 billion in assets under management (AUM). Launched in October 2013, the ETF was the first to offer thematic equity exposure to companies involved in the production and use of robotics, automation and related technologies.



First Trust: US bull market still has long way to go

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

By Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

For many years now a relatively large contingent of analysts, investors and journalists has been convinced the stock market was in a bubble because the “Shiller PE” ratio was just too high. Back in August 2013, in our Monday Morning Outlook, we made our case that the Shiller model was too pessimistic. Now that looks like a pretty good call.