‘ Volatility ’

Global ETF inflows lowest for 21 months, finds ETFGI

Mar 12th, 2018 | By

ETFs and ETPs gathered $12.4 billion globally in net inflows during February, the lowest monthly amount since May 2016 when net inflows were $10.5bn, according to ETFGI. The relatively subdued flows are a far cry from January – a bumper month for the industry – when ETFs experienced their highest monthly net inflows on record, pulling in $100.6bn.

Janus Henderson to close two ETFs

Mar 6th, 2018 | By
Janus Henderson to close two ETFs

Janus Henderson has announced plans to close and liquidate two of its NYSE-listed equity ETFs: the Janus Velocity Tail Risk Hedged Large Cap ETF (TRSK US) and Janus Velocity Volatility Hedged Large Cap ETF (SPXH US).

ProShares reduces VIX ETFs’ exposures following volatility blow-up

Feb 28th, 2018 | By
ProShares VIX ETFs reduce exposures following volatility blow-up

ProShares has reduced the degree of exposure underlying its two VIX-related ETFs following rapid, large swings in the products’ values during the equity market sell-off in early February.

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.

Smart beta ETFs record two years of consecutive monthly inflows

Feb 28th, 2018 | By
Meet the next generation of ETFs: Smart Alpha

January 2018 marked the twenty-fourth consecutive month of net inflows into smart beta ETFs and ETPs (hereafter ETFs), reports ETF industry consultants ETFGI. According to the firm’s monthly report detailing flows into smart beta ETFs listed globally, assets invested in smart beta ETFs rose by a record $37.8bn during January to bring total assets under management for the segment to a new high of $696bn.

Whitford enters ETF space with low volatility fund launch

Feb 26th, 2018 | By
Whitford enters ETF space with Volshares fund launch

Whitford Asset Management , a Pennsylvania, US-based investment firm, has launched its first ETF – the Volshares Large Cap ETF (VSL US) – providing a smart beta approach to volatility-themed investing based upon the firm’s proprietary investment strategy.

Volatility blow-up leads to inverse VIX ETN casualty

Feb 6th, 2018 | By
Volatility blow-up leads to inverse VIX ETF casualty

This week’s spike in US equity market volatility led to the temporary suspension of trading in three US-listed inverse VIX exchange-traded products and the decision from Credit Suisse to close its VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN (XIV).

Great returns, but what comes next? How asset allocation funds can help your portfolio

Feb 1st, 2018 | By
Patrick Nolan, CFA, Portfolio Strategist at BlackRock Portfolio Solutions

By Patrick Nolan, portfolio strategist at BlackRock Portfolio Solutions.

In an era when equity returns are relatively easy to come by, yields remain low, and volatility barely makes a ripple, it can be a challenge to contemplate how to build portfolios for the next market cycle. How can you prepare for a time when the ups and downs of owning stocks may be significantly bumpier than it has been for the past eight years?

PIMCO: Four investment themes for the year ahead

Jan 30th, 2018 | By
Ryan Blute Pimco

By Ryan P. Blute, Head of Global Wealth Management, Europe, PIMCO.

PIMCO’s European global wealth management team recently surveyed financial intermediary clients across Europe. Drawing on the responses of 70 investors, including advisors, fund buyers and researchers, we can identify four themes as top-of-mind in 2018.

Bitcoin no substitute for gold, says World Gold Council

Jan 25th, 2018 | By

“Bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies more generally, are not a substitute for gold”, concludes the World Gold Council in its latest investment update. While the assertion might not come as a huge surprise, the organisation makes some valid points.