‘ VelocityShares ’

Big bets on oil remain stalwart, despite bearish signals

Feb 16th, 2017 | By
Big bets on oil remain stalwart, despite bearish signals

Oil traders for the last two weeks have shrugged off reports that U.S. stockpiles are brimming at their largest levels ever recorded, as the market continues to bet that crude prices will climb higher. Oil has maintained its buoyancy because the market is betting that cuts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will largely rebalance the oil market, despite continued production increases from shale formations in the United States.



ETFs/ETPs pull in $13.1 billion despite market turbulence

Feb 8th, 2016 | By
AUM in US-listed ETFs/ETPs rapidly approaching $3 trillion

Despite testing market conditions, the global ETF/ETP industry pulled in net inflows of $13.1 billion in January 2016, according to preliminary data from industry consultants ETFGI. The industry has now totted up an impressive 24 consecutive months of net inflows. Fixed income was the best performing ETF category in January, gathering net inflows of $12.5bn, followed by commodities with $3.4bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows, with $8.5bn being withdrawn from such products. At the issuer level, Nomura AM gathered the largest net inflows in January with $4.2bn, followed by Vanguard and VelocityShares.



Janus Capital to harness active management expertise in smart beta ETFs

Nov 6th, 2015 | By
Morningstar reports strong growth in ETF Managed Portfolios

Janus Capital Group, a global investment manager, has announced that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for two innovative smart beta exchange-traded funds, based, in part, on their pre-existing small- and mid-cap growth strategies. “These ETFs are the result of a great opportunity to marry Janus’s expertise as a fundamental manager in the small-cap arena, with our robust quantitative abilities in exchange traded products. After extensive development work we look forward to offering these innovative ETFs,” said Nick Cherney, Senior Vice President, Head of Exchange Traded Products of Janus Capital Group.



Low volatility ETFs: do they stack up?

Oct 12th, 2013 | By
Bats launch index tracking expected volatility in SPDR S&P 500 ETF

By David Stevenson – Apologies for sounding like a broken record, but I want to return yet again to the hoary old subject of smart beta and the voguish hunt for minimal volatility. Lyxor’s recent cross-listing of the Lyxor UCITS ETF MSCI World Risk Weighted (WDRL) on the London Stock Exchange has prompted me to ascertain whether the first wave of low volatility ETFs (I include minimum volatility and minimum variance ETFs in this grouping) has actually delivered on their promise.



FTSE unveils smart beta equal risk contribution indices

Sep 18th, 2013 | By
FTSE unveils smart beta equal risk contribution indices

FTSE, a leading global index provider, has unveiled a suite of indices designed to track the performance of baskets of securities weighted so that each security contributes equally to overall portfolio risk. Called the FTSE Global Equal Risk Contribution (ERC) Index Series, the new indices fit within FTSE’s range of alternative indices (often dubbed ‘smart beta’), which break the relationship between market capitalisation and index weight.



Boost counters Fed criticism of leveraged and inverse ETFs

Aug 28th, 2013 | By
High yield ETFs see large outflows on Fed rate increase

Boost, an independent provider of exchange-traded products, has countered criticism of leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs) from the US Federal Reserve. In a statement, the London-based firm, which specialises in leveraged and inverse products, said there was need for “more clarity and reasoned debate around the conclusions” of a recent Fed report entitled: Are Leveraged and Inverse ETFs the New Portfolio Insurers?



VelocityShares introduces equal risk weighted S&P 500 ETF

Aug 4th, 2013 | By
Janus launches smart beta ETF tracking quality high income firms

VelocityShares, a US-based developer of exchange-traded products, has launched the VelocityShares Equal Risk Weighted Large Cap ETF (ERW), an innovative new fund providing an alternative to traditional low volatility and market cap-weighted equity ETFs. Nick Cherney, Chief Investment Officer and Co-founder of VelocityShares, said: “Investors are interested in low volatility equity portfolios, and equal risk weighting represents an important step forward as a means of intelligently allocating to low volatility stocks.”



VelocityShares rolls out pair of volatility strategy ETFs

Jun 28th, 2013 | By
Bats launch index tracking expected volatility in SPDR S&P 500 ETF

VelocityShares, a developer of alternative exchange-traded products perhaps best known for its occasionally notorious VIX ETNs, has rolled out two new innovative exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on the NYSE Arca. The funds are linked to proprietary in-house indices and provide exposure to a long/short volatility strategy combined with a large-cap US equity allocation.



Short and leveraged ETP assets up 10% to $48.5bn

May 21st, 2013 | By
Short and leveraged ETP assets up 10% to $48.5 billion

Global short and leveraged exchange-traded product (ETP) assets rose by $4.4bn in the first four months of 2013, to $48.5bn, according to data released by Boost ETP. The growth in assets is a reflection, in part, of the increased breadth and depth of products available, improved education and understanding, and a general move by investors towards more transparent, exchange-traded products.



Commodities super-cycle far from over, asserts ETF Securities

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
Commodities super-cycle far from over, asserts ETF Securities

ETF Securities believes that the commodity super-cycle is far from over, despite recent falls in commodity prices which have wiped billions off the firm’s assets under management. The London-headquartered exchange-traded product (ETP) provider asserts that the main fundamental drivers of the super-cycle are still in force and that recent commodity price weaknesses are more related to business-cycle fluctuations and short-term commodity-specific supply increases than a change in structural fundamentals.