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ETF inflows surge as asset under management reach all time high

Natixis launches Nasdaq 100 smart beta index

Natixis has partnered with Nasdaq to launch a new smart beta index based on the value factor using the Nasdaq 100 as the parent index. The Nasdaq 100 Target 25 Index will track 25 stocks from the Nadsaq 100 that Natixis has identified as undervalued.

Oliver Smith, Portfolio Manager at IG

IG picks six of the best government bond ETFs

By Oliver Smith, portfolio manager at IG Group.

ETFs are excellent products for getting exposure to a wide number of asset classes, but with a multitude of competing ETFs using different indices, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this piece we take a look at six government bond ETFs.

Nitesh Shah, Commodity Strategist at ETF Securities

Silver outshines gold, reports ETF Securities

Flows analysis by ETF Securities for the week beginning 17 July 2017 shows that silver was the precious metal of choice for investors as silver ETPs recorded inflows of $17 million compared to outflows of $29m seen by gold ETPs. Nitesh Shah, director, commodity research at ETF Securities, commented: “With continued economic strength, investors have sided with silver as it has higher upside potential in periods of cyclical growth.”

ProShares launches US equity ETF for rising rates

ProShares launches US equity ETF for rising rates

ProShares has launched the ProShares Equities for Rising Rates ETF (Nasdaq: EQRR), the first US equity ETF designed to outperform traditional large-cap indices, such as the S&P 500, in a rising interest rate environment.

Strategic beta ETFs suffering from mixed messages, finds Cerulli

Strategic beta ETFs suffering from mixed messages, finds Cerulli

New research from Cerulli Associates, a global research and consulting firm, finds there is a misalignment between US ETF issuers and advisors on the use and implementation of strategic beta. Nearly two-thirds of ETF issuers claim to position strategic beta as a replacement for passive ETFs, but nearly two-thirds of advisors who use strategic beta report using such products to replace active mutual funds.

Nasdaq hosts 13 new ETF listings in Q2 2017

Nasdaq hosts 13 new ETF listings in Q2 2017

Nasdaq Stock Market hosted 13 new exchange-traded fund listings from four issuers during the second quarter of 2017. ETF providers listing on the exchange during the quarter included Victory Capital, First Trust, Legg Mason and IndexIQ.

Ossiam Shiller Barclays CAPE US Sector Value ETF reaches $1bn in AUM

Ossiam Shiller Barclays CAPE US Sector Value ETF reaches $1bn in AUM

Ossiam has reported that the Ossiam Shiller Barclays CAPE US Sector Value UCITS ETF (LON: UCAP) passed the $1 billion AUM milestone in June. The ETF uses the cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings (CAPE) ratio, developed jointly by Barclays and Nobel Prize-winning economist Professor Robert Shiller, as a valuation driver in a sector rotational strategy. Professor Shiller said: “I feel grateful to the people at Ossiam and at Barclays for the careful work they have done to make the CAPE products a reality for so many people.”

Equities

Record Q2 UK dividends puts spotlight on income ETFs

Record Q2 dividends puts spotlight on UK income ETFs

UK companies distributed an all-time record £33.3 billion in dividends in the second quarter, comfortably beating the previous record of £29.1bn set in Q2 last year, according to research from Capita. The dividend windfall highlights the income-generating potential of UK stocks and is likely to enhance the appeal of UK income ETFs to yield-seeking investors.

Jeremy Schwartz, director of research at WisdomTree.

WisdomTree: Japan is leading dividend growth in international markets

By Jeremy Schwartz, director of research at WisdomTree.

OnAt this year’s May rebalance, we noticed how Japan is leading the international markets in terms of underlying dividend growth.

Commodities

ETF Securities rolls out new Bloomberg commodity ETFs

ETF Securities rolls out new Bloomberg commodity ETFs

London-based ETF Securities has listed two new broad commodity ETFs on the London Stock Exchange, tracking two indices from the Bloomberg Commodity Index family. The ETFS All Commodities GO UCITS ETF tracks a broad index of front month commodity futures while the ETFS Longer Dated All Commodities Ex-Agriculture and Livestock GO UCITS ETF tracks an index of longer-dated commodity futures on energy and metals.

Three new iShares equity and bond ETFs launched on Xetra

UBS launches Bloomberg commodity ex-agriculture ETF on Xetra

UBS has launched the UBS CMCI Ex-Agriculture SF UCITS hedged to EUR ETF (UIQ1) on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges, offering currency hedged exposure to a broad basket of commodity futures contracts, excluding those tracking soft (agricultural) commodities.

Fixed Income

Lyxor rolls out three fixed income ETFs on Borsa Italiana

Lyxor rolls out three fixed income ETFs on Borsa Italiana

Lyxor has launched three new fixed income ETFs on Borsa Italiana, the Lyxor BofAML EUR Short Term High Yield UCITS ETF (HYS), Lyxor BofAML $ Short Term High Yield Euro Hedged UCITS ETF (HYSTH) and the Lyxor $ Float Rate Note EUR Hedged UCITS ETF (FLOTH).

BlackRock slashes fees on iShares MBS ETF

BlackRock slashes fees on iShares MBS ETF

BlackRock has reduced the fees charged on the iShares MBS ETF (NYSE Arca: MBB) from 0.27% to just 0.09%. MBB tracks the Bloomberg Barclays US Mortgage Backed Securities Index, composed of a broad range of investment-grade mortgage-backed pass-through securities issued and/or guaranteed by US government agencies such as Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.

Alternatives / Multi-Asset

ETF Securities comments on outlook for the euro

ETF Securities comments on outlook for the euro

By Martin Arnold, global FX & commodity strategist at ETF Securities.

European Central Bank (ECB) President Draghi wants to engineer a smooth transition away from ultra stimulative monetary policy…but not too soon, because inflationary forces remain depressed. The problem is the strength of the euro, which further depresses inflation. The ECB wants a weaker euro…

First Trust to launch actively managed currency ETF on London Stock Exchange

First Trust to launch actively managed currency ETF on LSE

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

ETF and Index News

Hedge fund professionals anticipate greater use of ETFs

Hedge fund professionals anticipate greater use of ETFs

More than nine out of ten (92%) of senior hedge fund professionals expect to see an increased value of ETFs being used within their industry this year, according to research commissioned by European ETF provider Source. Chris Mellor, executive director, equity product management at Source, said: “Hedge fund managers are sophisticated investors and it is clear they are increasingly seeing the benefits that ETFs provide them, such as a cost-effective means to execute their strategies.”

ETF Managers Group to close big data and fintech ETFs

ETF Managers Group, PureFunds to close big data and fintech ETFs

The PureFunds ISE Big Data ETF (NYSE Arca: BIGD) and the PureFunds Solactive FinTech ETF (Nasdaq: FINQ), a collaboration between PureFunds and white label ETF provider ETF Managers Group, are to close.

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.