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Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

WisdomTree: India one of the most exciting opportunities in emerging markets

By Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

The Indian equity market, we believe, represents one of the most exciting opportunities in emerging markets with a dynamic, fast growing economy underpinned by structural reforms. Improving the business climate is a priority of government policy, with a focus on ease of doing business, bridging the skills gap through training, a domestic investment initiative and reducing bureaucracy.

Virtus to close two actively managed multi-asset ETFs

Virtus to close two actively managed multi-asset ETFs

Virtus ETF Solutions has announced it is to close two of its funds, the Tuttle Tactical Management US Core ETF (Nasdaq: TUTT) and the Tuttle Tactical Management Multi-Strategy Income ETF (Nasdaq: TUTI). Both funds are actively managed and provide multi-asset exposure.

Peter Sleep, senior investment manager, Seven Investment Management (7IM).

7IM: Ten years in the life of ETFs

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.

Europe-listed ETFs/ETPs gather $10.2bn in net new assets during July

Europe-listed ETFs/ETPs gather $10.2bn in net new assets during July

Exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Europe gathered net inflows of $10.2bn in July, marking the 33rd month of consecutive inflows for the region, according to data from ETF industry consultant ETFGI.

First Trust switches ETF to Dorsey Wright momentum strategy

First Trust switches ETF to Dorsey Wright momentum strategy

First Trust has announced changes to the First Trust CBOE S&P 500 VIX Tail Hedge Fund (VIXH), transitioning the ETF to a new strategy that will harness investment advisory firm Dorsey, Wright & Associates’ research into relative strength analysis to rotate among large-cap equities and Treasuries. To reflect the changes, the fund will be rebranded the First Trust Dorsey Wright People’s Portfolio ETF (Nasdaq: DWPP).

YTD ETF flows in US poised to surpass 2016 total

YTD ETF flows in US poised to surpass 2016 total

Net inflows into US-listed exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products totalled $28.0bn in July, bringing year-to-date flows to $275.4bn, more than double the net inflows of $112.2bn accumulated at this point last year and just shy of the $278.7bn gathered in all of 2016. According to data from ETF industry consultant ETFGI, July’s net inflows marked the 17th consecutive month of positive net new assets for the region.

Deutsche Asset Management is to cross-list the db X-trackers iBoxx USD Emerging Sovereigns Quality Weighted UCITS (EUR Hedged) ETF (XQUE) on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Deutsche to cross-list emerging markets quality bond ETF on SIX

Deutsche Asset Management is to cross-list the db X-trackers iBoxx USD Emerging Sovereigns Quality Weighted UCITS (EUR Hedged) ETF (XQUE) on the SIX Swiss Exchange. The fund provides currency-hedged exposure to US dollar (USD) currency denominated tradable debt (bonds) issued by governments or central banks in emerging market countries.

Equities

VanEck: A wide moat is only half the battle

VanEck: A wide moat is only half the battle

Torsten Hunke, chief operating officer, VanEck Europe, discusses the investment process behind the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index, used to underlie the VanEck Vectors Morningstar US Wide Moat UCITS ETF (LON: MOAT). Hunke explains that identifying stocks with wide economic moats (sustainable competitive advantages) is only half the battle; ascertaining which are trading below their fair values is equally as important.

Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

First Trust: US bull market still has long way to go

By Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

For many years now a relatively large contingent of analysts, investors and journalists has been convinced the stock market was in a bubble because the “Shiller PE” ratio was just too high. Back in August 2013, in our Monday Morning Outlook, we made our case that the Shiller model was too pessimistic. Now that looks like a pretty good call.

Commodities

Investors flock to gold amid geopolitical tensions, reports ETF Securities

Investors flock to gold amid geopolitical tensions, reports ETF Securities

London-based ETF Securities has reported that its gold ETPs attracted $63.2 million of net new assets in the week ending Friday 11 August 2017. The strong asset gathering, reportedly in response to demand for portfolio protection amid rising geopolitical tensions, marked the third consecutive week of positive net inflows for the yellow metal.

Investors lured to gold’s defensive traits, reports ETF Securities

7IM gold exposure hits record high

Seven Investment Management (7IM) has reported that its gold exposure is currently at its highest ever level due to the firm’s “risk off” positioning as a result of perceived elevated risks in the stock market. 7IM’s gold holdings (15.4 tonnes) is now greater than a number of countries including Ireland, United Arab Emirates and the Czech Republic. The discretionary fund manager uses physically backed exchange-traded commodities (ETCs) from Source and iShares to obtain gold exposure in its range of funds and managed portfolios.

Fixed Income

Sylvia Jablonski, managing director at Direxion

Direxion launches triple leveraged emerging market bonds ETF

Inverse and leveraged ETF provider Direxion has launched the Direxion Daily Emerging Markets Bond Bull 3X Shares (NYSE Arca: EMBU), providing triple-leveraged exposure to the performance of US dollar-denominated bonds issued by 55 emerging market countries. Sylvia Jablonski, managing director at Direxion, commented: “Emerging market bonds can offer the opportunity to gain higher yield and return, which has been the case recently.”

Newly-launched iShares short-term TIPS ETF sees large inflow

iShares’ newly launched short-term TIPS ETF sees large inflow

The iShares $ TIPS 0-5 UCITS ETF has recorded a significant inflow of around $177 million. The newly launched fund, introduced on the London Stock Exchange in April of this year, saw its total assets under management jump on Monday 7th August 2017 to $185m from approximately $7.5m in seed capital.

Alternatives / Multi-Asset

Currency Trading

First Trust launches first active FX ETF in Europe

London-based ETF issuer First Trust Global Portfolios has launched the First Trust FactorFX UCITS ETF (LON: FTFX), Europe’s first actively managed exchange-traded fund investing in foreign exchange markets. The ETF will primarily seek to earn alpha through the implementation of multiple carry trades, a strategy which seeks to capitalise on the interest rate differential between various currencies.

SIX Switzerland Swiss Real Estate Property

SIX launches SXI Swiss Real Estate All Shares Index

SIX Swiss Exchange has introduced the SXI Real Estate All Shares Index, tracking the performance of companies operating within the real estate sector with a primary listing on SIX. The index is an extension of the existing SXI Real Estate Index family and is suitable to underlie future investment products including ETFs.

ETF and Index News

Launching a successful ETF

Launching a successful ETF

By John Jacobs and Richard Keary, ETF BILD Project

The industry has done a commendable job of explaining how to launch an ETF; we want to delve into the important activities that are a must for creating a successful ETF after it has been launched.

Europe-listed ETFs gather €7.8bn in July, finds Morningstar

Europe-listed ETFs gather €7.8bn in July, finds Morningstar

Europe-listed ETFs saw net inflows of €7.8 billion in July 2017, bringing the total for 2017 to €65bn, according to data from Morningstar. While flows into Europe-listed equity ETFs posted a solid reading of €4.9bn, fixed income ETFs saw tepid demand during the month, recording flows of just €1.6bn, the second lowest monthly flows this year.

FTSE Russell – IFA Video Series

Building portfolios with ETFs

Building portfolios with ETFs

Building portfolios with ETFs, Darren Smith, IFA, 2Plan Wealth Management, Irene Bauer, Chief Investment Officer, Twenty20 Investments, Amanda Robello, Head of Passive Distribution, UK, Ireland & Channel Islands, Deutsche Asset Management and Andrew Keegan, Portfolio Strategist, Multi-Asset Strategies Group, BlackRock.

ETF Trading & Execution

ETF Trading & Execution

ETF Trading & Execution, with Roger Tull, IFA, Positive Solutions, Chris Foxon, Trader, Jane Street, Patrick Ingram, Retirement and Investment Specialist, Parmenion and David Abner, Head of Europe, WisdomTree.