‘ United Kingdom ’

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.



Source launches GBP share class for MSCI Europe ex-UK ETF

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Source launches GBP share class for MSCI Europe ex-UK ETF

European ETF provider Source has introduced a pound sterling-denominated share class for the Source MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETF (LON: MXUK). Chris Mellor, equity product specialist at Source, commented: “Some investors may want to separate their exposures to Europe and the UK, especially with Brexit causing uncertainty around the outlook for the UK. This ETF effectively puts investors in control of the allocation.”



Eleven new ETFs listed on London Stock Exchange in July 2017

Aug 10th, 2017 | By
Eleven new ETFs listed on London Stock Exchange in July 2017

Eleven new ETFs were listed on London Stock Exchange in July 2017, bringing the total number of ETFs or ETPs listed on the exchange to 921 and 457 respectively. ETF providers listing on the London market during July included Lyxor, BMO, ETF Securities and BlackRock.



WisdomTree: How to hedge fixed income portfolios using ETPs

Aug 8th, 2017 | By
Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

Fixed income has been at the heart of European investor portfolios for many years with average allocations in 2016 standing at 51%. Even in an environment of low or negative yielding domestic government bonds, overall allocations have remained high. Now eurozone government bond investors are overwhelmingly focused on the risks relating to the end of quantitative easing and the potential for a rise in interest rates at some point in 2018.



WisdomTree sees sentiment in eurozone risk assets improving

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
Viktor Nossek , director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

Sentiment in Eurozone risk assets has improved. Macron’s pro-EU and pro-growth reform agenda and EU regulators’ swift intervention to deal with weak lenders and bad loans are a major driving force to sustain it. A softer version of UK’s exit from the EU also means UK risk sentiment should stay upbeat as uncertainty over trade and capital flows is reduced.



WisdomTree sizes up European dividend ETFs following rebalance

Jul 27th, 2017 | By
Nick Leung, research analyst at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Nick Leung, research analyst at WisdomTree in Europe.

WisdomTree’s European equity ETF strategies rebalanced in June. Emerging from the rebalance are stronger fundamentals against discounted valuations, which preserve the attractive yield and growth proposition of broad and small-cap dividends payers in Europe. Together, these diverse styles and strategies may allow investors to fine-tune their European exposure just as France’s pro-growth, pro-EU reform agenda reawakens investor appetite for the region.



IG picks six of the best government bond ETFs

Jul 25th, 2017 | By
IG picks six of the best US ETFs

By Oliver Smith, portfolio manager at IG Group.

ETFs are excellent products for getting exposure to a wide number of asset classes, but with a multitude of competing ETFs using different indices, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this piece we take a look at six government bond ETFs.



WisdomTree offers outlook for UK equities & sterling

Jul 24th, 2017 | By
Viktor Nossek , director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Viktor Nossek , director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

Expectations of a hard Brexit that triggered a marked devaluation of sterling last year have effectively reversed since a now markedly weakened PM in charge of a minority government must lead the exit negotiations with diminished political capital/leverage. Britain looks ready to make more concessions to the EU than previously envisioned.



Record Q2 dividends puts spotlight on UK income ETFs

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Record Q2 UK dividends puts spotlight on income ETFs

UK companies distributed an all-time record £33.3 billion in dividends in the second quarter, comfortably beating the previous record of £29.1bn set in Q2 last year, according to research from Capita. The dividend windfall highlights the income-generating potential of UK stocks and is likely to enhance the appeal of UK income ETFs to yield-seeking investors.



Eastern Europe ETFs showing strong 1-year returns

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Eastern Europe ETFs among best performing emerging markets

ETFs tracking Eastern Europe equities have delivered strong returns over the past year following robust economic growth in the countries within this bloc. The iShares MSCI Eastern Europe Capped UCITS ETF (LON: IDEE) is up 20.9% over the past year.