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ETF issuers comment on UK inflation data

Inflation in the UK fell more than expected during February, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), providing some relief for hard-pressed consumers. Representatives from ETF issuers offered their take on what the results mean for UK monetary policy.

Carlos Diez, CEO and founder of MarketGrader

Barron’s 400 ETF increases large-cap exposure

The Barron’s 400 ETF (NYSE US) has increased its allocation to large-caps following the latest review of the Barron’s 400 Index. Co-created by US financial journal Barron’s, and equity indexing firm MarketGrader, the index tracks 400 US companies with strong financial statements and attractive share prices. Carlos Diez, CEO and founder of MarketGrader, said the index’s methodology “is compelling in a market environment where price gains can be expected to result from healthy earnings growth driven by an expanding economy.”

Uranium mining ETFs poised for re-rating

Global X Funds’ uranium ETF to adopt new index

New York-based ETF provider Global X Funds has announced that the Global X Uranium ETF (URA US) will transition to a new index, the Solactive Global Uranium & Nuclear Components Total Return Index. The new index is designed to reduce the fund’s exposure to smaller capitalisation stocks compared to its current index.

Mark Zinkula, CEO of Legal & General Investment Management

LGIM completes acquisition of ETF Securities’ European ETF platform

Legal & General Investment Management has completed its acquisition of Canvas, the European ETF platform formerly owned by ETF Securities. Mark Zinkula, LGIM CEO, said, “LGIM will now offer a compelling range of ETFs alongside its existing index funds. This was the right opportunity to expand our capabilities and ensure we can meet client demand in this rapidly growing market.”

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Expat lists four EM Europe ETFs on Deutsche Börse

Bulgaria-based investment manager Expat Asset Management has cross-listed four new emerging market ETFs on Deutsche Börse, providing exposure to Southern, Central and Eastern European equity markets. The ETFs, which are already available on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange, track the largest and most liquid companies in the Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, and Greece.

Strong ETF listing activity recorded on LSE during February

LSE enjoys strong ETF listings activity in February

Nineteen ETFs or share classes debuted on London Stock Exchange in February, bringing the total number of new ETF (inc share classes) listings on the exchange this year to 26. Listings included new ETFs from ITI, JP Morgan, and Deutsche, plus new share classes from BlackRock and SSGA.

Lyxor enters ESG space with launch of "Trend Leaders" ETF on Deutsche Börse

Lyxor enters ESG space with launch of “Trend Leaders” ETF

Lyxor has become the latest issuer to unveil an ETF aimed at socially responsible and ethically conscious investors. Listed on Deutsche Börse, the Lyxor MSCI EM ESG Trend Leaders UCITS ETF (LESG) provides investors with exposure to emerging-market companies with strong and improving environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.


Meet the next generation of ETFs: Smart Alpha

Meet the next generation of ETFs: Smart Alpha

By Janet Flanders Johnston, portfolio manager at TrimTabs Asset Management.

The next generation of innovative equity ETFs may combine quantitative analysis with disciplined active management. Both purely active and purely passive products have negative attributes. By combining the best of both approaches, we believe a more efficient ETF that consistently generates alpha with the same amount of market risk can be created.

Cutting-edge technologies support the growth of the sector

Tech ETFs recoup February losses, and then some

One sector has more than recouped its losses from February’s volatility. Technology has stormed ahead over the past month; 12 of the 15 top-performing London-listed ETFs over one-month track a tech-based index. But, as Chris Dhanraj, Head of the ETF Investment Strategy team at iShares, notes, “In investing, past is not prologue… the question is: Can the good times roll on?”

Fixed Income

Deutsche adds USD corporate bond ETF to yield-plus suite

Deutsche expands ‘yield plus’ suite with USD corporate bond ETF

Deutsche Asset Management has added a new ‘yield plus’ corporate bond ETF to its product line-up with the launch of the Xtrackers iBoxx USD Corporate Bond Yield Plus UCITS ETF (XYLD) on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse. The fund tracks the Markit iBoxx USD Corporates 1-20 Yield Plus Index, providing exposure to higher yielding, mostly investment-grade, corporate bonds denominated in US dollars.

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Ashburton lists global government bond ETF on JSE

Ashburton Investments, the asset management arm of the FirstRand group, has launched the Ashburton World Government Bond ETF (ASHWGB SJ) on Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The ETF is the first to list on JSE to provide exposure to global government bonds.

Alternatives / Multi-Asset

BlackRock extends iShares offering on SIX Swiss Exchange

BlackRock extends iShares offering on SIX Swiss Exchange

BlackRock has introduced 15 new trading lines for iShares products on SIX Swiss Exchange, comprising equity and fixed income exposures. The new listings – a mix of accumulating, distributing and currency-hedged share classes – expand the range of tools available for Switzerland-based investors.

Prejelin Naggan, Head of Primary Markets, JSE and Wehmeyer Ferreira, Chief Operating Officer of STANLIB Index Investments

STANLIB launches global ETFs on JSE

South African investment manager STANLIB Index Investments has launched a range of global passive ETFs on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Each tracks a different international index and is denominated in South African rand. Wehmeyer Ferreira, COO of STANLIB Index Investments, said: “The funds can confidently be used as building blocks for an investor’s portfolio to expand their investment opportunities outside of South Africa in a low cost and transparent manner.”


Industrial metal ETPs see inflows at investors shrug off trade-war threats

Industrial metal ETPs see inflows at investors shrug off trade-war threats

ETF Securities has announced that its industrial metal ETPs saw net inflows of $9 million during the week ended 9 March 2018. According to the London-based ETP provider, the flows indicate cyclical optimism among investors despite threats of a trade-war dominating news headlines.

Florian Ginez, research analyst at WisdomTree in Europe

Will you miss the commodity comeback?

By Florian Ginez, research analyst at WisdomTree in Europe.

Do commodities have a place in a portfolio? This is an interesting question in today’s environment. Those of us who have read various finance text books including sections on the benefits of things like “asset allocation” and “diversification” would, almost without thinking, say “yes.” But if we look at the reality of what market participants have experienced in the past five years, we then recognize that, behaviourally, what has been practiced may look quite different.

ETF and Index News

Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock.

Two months into MiFID II: How post-trade reporting is benefitting ETF investors

By Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock.

Investors use ETF trading volumes in different ways: for asset allocators it is a useful, real-time window into where money is flowing through the trading day. For others, visible flows provide comfort in knowing that there is sufficient liquidity within the products they intend to invest in.

Theodore Niggli, head of APAC index products, MSCI

MSCI unveils 12 new China indices in preparation for A-share inclusion

MSCI has launched 12 new China equity indices to help investors prepare for the next step of the China A-Share inclusion process. Theodore Niggli, head of APAC index products, MSCI, commented, “We are proud to announce the launch of this new suite of China indices. With the increased liberalization and internationalization of the China market, investors have expressed a clear need for more insight and tools to make better informed investment decisions.”