‘ Volatility ’

Moody’s investigates effects of smart beta ETF price war

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
IndexIQ adjusts fees on a range of ETFs

The ongoing price war in smart beta ETF fees has the potential to negatively impact the credit ratings of traditional active asset managers as well as smart beta ETF providers, according to credit rating agency Moody’s.



MSCI reports fear of extreme events rising higher

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports fear of extreme events rising higher

By George Bonne, executive director of equity factor research, MSCI.

In May, we wrote that despite the generally low market volatility that has prevailed this year, investors were paying relatively high prices for downside protection as measured by “options skew” – the difference in implied volatility between an out-of-the-money option and an at-the-money option. Low market volatility largely continued through the summer, but how has options skew behaved – has it fallen to more “normal” levels?



Franklin Templeton: Bringing the human factor to index investing

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Chandra Seethamraju, vice president of systematic modelling, Franklin Templeton.

By Chandra Seethamraju, vice president of systematic modelling, Franklin Templeton.

For decades, Franklin Templeton has been a vocal advocate for active management. We believe the skills and insight human oversight brings should play a crucial role in the investment process. The emergence of risk-factor investing and the evolution of traditional indexes have opened up fresh opportunities to bring a human touch to what has traditionally been considered the passive exchange-traded fund space.



UBS launches currency-hedged US multifactor ETF on SIX

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
UBS launches currency-hedged US multifactor ETF on SIX

UBS has listed three share classes of the UBS MSCI USA Select Factor Mix ETF on Switzerland’s SIX Exchange, providing currency-hedged multifactor exposure to US equities. The three share classes offer investors the choice of currency hedging between the US dollar and sterling, euros, or swiss francs.



Lyxor merges USD/EUR share classes for S&P 500 VIX ETF

Sep 6th, 2017 | By
Lyxor merges USD/EUR share classes for S&P 500 VIX ETF

Lyxor has announced in a letter to shareholders that it is merging the US dollar-denominated and euro-denominated share classes of the Lyxor S&P 500 VIX Futures Enhanced Roll UCITS ETF. As of 3 October 2017, the euro share class will absorb its US dollar counterpart and the US dollar-denominated share class will cease to exist.



WisdomTree: How to use ETPs to manage equity risk

Aug 31st, 2017 | By
Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Nizam Hamid, ETF strategist, WisdomTree in Europe.

The European macro-economic backdrop for equities has remained positive with a renewed focus on stronger underlying growth, and limited political risk compared to the first part of 2017. However, as recent market events have shown there is every reason for investors to consider efficient tools to help manage overall portfolio risk.



First Asset launches international risk-weighted ETF

Aug 29th, 2017 | By
First Asset launches international risk-weighted ETF

First Asset Investment Management has launched the First Asset MSCI International Low Risk Weighted ETF on the Toronto Stock Exchange, providing exposure to a portfolio of low volatility equities from developed international countries.



SPDR ETFs: Will debt ceiling debate end low volatility?

Aug 24th, 2017 | By
SPDR ETFs: Will debt ceiling debate end low volatility?

By Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors.

This summer, investors have been saying “hakuna matata” to the turmoil emanating from Washington and using a problem-free philosophy to send stocks to fresh highs and market volatility to multi-year lows. But investors should be prepared: September may bring a sudden dose of volatility to mellow markets.



Transamerica launches new suite of strategic beta ETFs

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Deutsche launches two strategic beta min vol ETFs

Transamerica Asset Management has launched four new strategic beta ETFs designed to provide core equity strategies with an embedded risk management feature. Called the Deltashares By Transamerica suite, the new ETFs are the first to track the S&P Manged Risk 2.0 Index Series, which offers exposure to a given segment of the equity market while seeking to control volatility.



China tops MSCI’s country indices during bullish July

Aug 9th, 2017 | By
China tops MSCI’s country indices during bullish July

MSCI has released its index performance report for July 2017, breaking down the best and worst performing equity indices over this period by country, factor and sector. The index provider, which is one of the leading providers of equity indices to the exchange-traded fund industry, reports the highest index returns in July were achieved by China (8.9%) for country exposure in a month where the lowest return was still positive, at 0.9% for Switzerland.