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Greg Sharenow, real assets portfolio manager at PIMCO.

OPEC and oil prices: Looking ahead to the May meeting

By Greg Sharenow, real assets portfolio manager at PIMCO.

For all the attention paid to changes in US shale output, OPEC is capable of swinging oil balances more in a single month than US shale can in a year. As a result, any oil outlook must make some material assumptions about OPEC’s intentions at the upcoming meetings later this month and in November.

FTSE Russell launches float adjusted China A-shares indexes

FTSE Russell launches float adjusted China A-shares indexes

FTSE Russell has launched the FTSE China A Free Indexes, offering a free float adjusted version of the FTSE China A Indexes, a common benchmark used by international investors when referencing the performance of China’s A-shares market.

Weighing Scale

MV Index Solutions launches global long/short equity index

MV Index Solutions has launched the MVIS All World Long/Short Equity Index which aims to capture the systematic returns (beta) of long/short equity hedge funds that invest both regionally and globally. After identifying the factors driving these hedge funds returns, the index mimics the exposure by constructing a low volatility portfolio of ETFs corresponding to the factors with the most positive momentum.

ETF/ETP assets in Japan reach record highs despite outflows

ETF/ETP assets in Japan reach record highs despite outflows

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Japan have reached a new record high of $209 billion at the end of April 2017, despite monthly net outflows of $837 million, according to analysis by ETF industry consultant ETFGI.

Vanguard launches online investment service for UK investors

Vanguard has launched a new investment service for retail investors in the UK that provides direct access to the firm’s ETF range as well as Vanguard’s other funds for an administration fee of just 0.15% per annum. Sean Hagerty, head of Vanguard’s European business, commented: “We aim to deliver investors the highest value investment products and services available with an unwavering commitment to lowering the cost of investing in the UK.”

Pakistan MSCI

Pakistan set to join MSCI Emerging Markets ETFs

Index provider MSCI has re-confirmed the upgrade of Pakistan from frontier market to emerging markets status following the firm’s latest market reclassification review. The move will see Pakistan rejoin the bellwether MSCI Emerging Markets Index, tracked by several large ETFs in Europe including the giant iShares Core EM IMI UCITS ETF (LON: EIMI).

Equities

India Spice ETFs

WisdomTree: Five reasons Indian equities could spice up your portfolio

By Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree Europe.

India is at an interesting crossroad where leadership is pro-actively taking tough reforms for long-term growth. Two pillars of the Indian economy, that is consumption and demographics, have encouraging projected growth numbers.

First Trust lists US equity income ETF on Borsa Italiana

First Trust lists US equity income ETF on Borsa Italiana

London-based ETF issuer First Trust Global Portfolios has launched the First Trust US Equity Income UCITS ETF (UNCA) on Borsa Italiana, marking the first time the firm has issued an ETF on the Milan exchange.

Commodities

BNP Paribas launches six industrial metals ETCs

BNP Paribas launches six industrial metals ETCs on Xetra

BNP Paribas has unveiled six new exchange-traded commodities on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges, tracking the performance of futures contracts in various industrial metals including aluminium, lead, copper, nickel, zinc and tin.

Nitesh Shah, Commodity Strategist at ETF Securities

OPEC’s choices: double down or do nothing

By Nitesh Shah, commodity strategist at ETF Securities.

OPEC’s current strategy is not working. Oil prices have given back nearly all their gains since the cartel agreed to cut production in November 2016. We believe the credible options for their next move, to be discussed at their May 25th meeting, will be to either to cut deeper or let the deal collapse. The latter option seems the most likely outcome.

Fixed Income

Solactive launches US investment grade corporate bond index

Solactive launches US investment grade corporate bond index

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has unveiled the Solactive USD Investment Grade Corporate Index, tracking the performance of US dollar-denominated investment grade corporate bonds.

WisdomTree launches enhanced US short-term bond fund

WisdomTree launches enhanced yield US short-term bond ETF

WisdomTree has launched the WisdomTree Barclays Yield Enhanced US Short-Term Aggregate Bond Fund (Bats: SHAG). The ETF seeks to enhance yield but maintain similar risk characteristics compared to the short end of the US Aggregate fixed income universe.

Alternatives / Multi-Asset

Solactive launches global infrastructure low earnings volatility index

Solactive launches global infrastructure low earnings volatility index

Solactive has unveiled the Solactive Global Infrastructure Low Earnings Volatility Index, a reference for the performance of a global portfolio of 100 companies operating in the infrastructure space that exhibit low volatility in reported earnings compared to their peers.

RBC Global launches RBC Quant Global Real Estate Leaders ETF

RBC Global launches real estate leaders ETF

RBC Global Asset Management has launched the RBC Quant Global Real Estate Leaders ETF (TSX: RGRE), providing access to a globally diversified portfolio of REITs and real estate management and development companies within a single ETF wrapper.

ETF and Index News

ETF/ETP assets in Europe top $650bn in April

ETF/ETP assets in Europe top $650bn in April

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Europe reached a new record high of $658 billion at the end of April 2017 surpassing the prior record of $640bn set at the end of Q1 2017, according to analysis by ETF industry consultant ETFGI.

Ireland ETFs - Ireland’s economic turnaround gathering momentum

Central Bank of Ireland publishes discussion paper on ETFs

The Central Bank of Ireland has published a discussion paper on the exchange-traded funds industry to facilitate engagement between the central bank and industry participants on issues related to ETFs.

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