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Evolve Funds launches gender diversity and cybersecurity ETFs in Canada

Evolve Funds launches gender diversity and cybersecurity ETFs in Canada

Evolve Funds has introduced two thematic ETFs to the Canadian market. The first-of-their-kind ETFs in Canada, the Evolve North American Gender Diversity Index ETF (HERS) and the Evolve Cyber Security Index ETF (CYBR), have begun to trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

UBS launches MSCI Australia ETF on SIX

UBS launches MSCI Australia ETF on SIX

UBS has launched the UBS MSCI Australia UCITS ETF (AUSAUY) on Switzerland’s SIX Exchange, providing exposure to the large- and mid-cap segments of the Australian equity universe.

VanEck Merk Gold Trust reduces fees for gold delivery

VanEck Merk Gold ETF reduces fees for gold delivery

The VanEck Merk Gold Trust (NYSE Arca: OUNZ) has reduced the fees investors pay to take delivery of their gold. The fund gives investors access to buy and hold gold through an ETF with the option to take delivery of the gold in exchange for the fund’s shares. Axel Merk, president of Merk Investments, the sponsor of OUNZ, commented: “We are reaffirming our commitment to provide investors with easy and cost-effective access to their gold,”

Lyxor rolls out accumulating share classes for European equity ETFs

Lyxor adds accumulating share classes for European Stoxx ETFs

Lyxor has added three new euro-denominated, accumulating share classes for ETFs listed on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges. The ETFs offer exposure to various market-capitalisation segments of the eurozone and European equity markets.

Sam Dickens, assistant portfolio manager at IG.

IG picks six of the best socially responsible ETFs

By Sam Dickens, assistant portfolio manager at IG.

If you are looking to invest in the stock market but also want to make a positive impact on environmental and social issues, then socially responsible investing may be for you. In this piece we take a look at six of the best ETFs that facilitate socially responsible investing.

Deutsche roll out MSCI USA Sector ETFs on Xetra

Deutsche rolls out MSCI USA Sector ETFs on Xetra

Deutsche Asset Management has launched six US sector ETFs on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges. The funds track indices created by MSCI and provide exposure to the energy, financials, health care, information technology, consumer discretionary and consumer staples sectors of the US economy.

Gold ETFs set to benefit as 'fear trade' intensifies, reports World Gold Council

Gold ETFs set to benefit as ‘fear trade’ intensifies

Gold ETFs look set to continue their recent bull run as, according to a report issued by the World Gold Council, the spot price of the precious metal is likely to be supported in the near term as growing uncertainty moves investors into safe-haven assets such as gold.

Equities

Barron’s 400 ETF increases energy and consumer staples exposure following index rebalance

Barron’s 400 ETF increases energy exposure following index review

The Barron’s 400 ETF (NYSE Arca: BFOR), a smart beta exchange-traded fund that tracks the Barron’s 400 Index, has significantly increased its exposure to the energy and consumer staples sectors of the US economy following the semi-annual reconstitution and rebalance of its underlying index. Carlos Diez, CEO and founder of MarketGrader, commented: “Energy experienced the most significant resurgence in the number of members and as a proportion of the index’s portfolio that it has in years. This indicates that profits within the sector may be rebounding.”

Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

By Nicolas Rabener, Founder, FactorResearch.

In our recent research note “Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction” we concluded there was no improvement in returns or decrease in drawdowns, compared to an improvement in the risk-return ratio when using Value & Growth factor exposures. However, the question remains if any of these offer diversification benefits, which is one of the few free lunches in the investment world.

Commodities

S&P DJI: Chinese growth concerns weigh heavy on metals

S&P DJI: Chinese growth concerns weigh heavy on metals

By Jodie Gunzberg, head of commodities indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Industrial metals hit multi-year highs last month with the S&P GSCI Industrial Metals Index up off its bottom by nearly 60%. This was mainly due to strong Chinese demand growth and a falling US dollar. While the dollar has continued its fall in September, there is some concern over slowing growth in China.

Precious metals ETFs lose their lustre

WisdomTree: Gold may climb to $1,400/oz in near term

Gold ETPs could be set to benefit from a spike in the gold price, according to new market commentary from WisdomTree. Nazim Hamid, ETF strategist at WisdomTree thinks the spot gold price could climb as high as $1,400 in the near term, due to political uncertainty and increased interest from hedge funds.

Fixed Income

Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management at VanEck.

VanEck: Real yields rule – emerging markets local bonds lead the way

By Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management.

Looking for attractive yields? Look no further than emerging markets local currency bonds. These bonds provide significantly higher yields than those offered by developed markets bonds, both in nominal terms and in real terms. While higher yields often mean greater credit risk, local inflation levels can be a greater contributor to the nominal yields of emerging markets bonds.

Goldman Sachs launches smart beta high yield corporate bond ETF

Goldman Sachs launches smart beta HY corporate bond ETF

Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) has launched the Goldman Sachs Access High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: GHYB), offering smart beta exposure to US dollar-denominated high yield corporate bond markets.

Alternatives / Multi-Asset

UBS launches currency-hedged US multifactor ETF on SIX

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.

Commerzbank cross-lists multi-asset ETF to SIX Exchange

Commerzbank cross-lists multi-asset ETF to SIX Exchange

Commerzbank has cross-listed the ComStage Vermögensstrategie (asset strategy) UCITS ETF onto Switzerland’s SIX Exchange. The passively-managed multi-asset ETF offers investors a one-ticket portfolio solution by investing in a broadly diversified mix of asset classes.

ETF and Index News

IndexIQ adjusts fees on a range of ETFs

Moody’s investigates effects of smart beta ETF price war

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.

US-listed ETFs gather $300bn net inflows YTD

US-listed ETFs gather $300bn net inflows YTD

ETFs and ETPs listed in the US have gathered $300 billion of net inflows in the first eight months of 2017 after attracting $24.2bn net new assets during August, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI. The net inflows in August marked the 19th consecutive month of positive net gatherings for the region.