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Lyxor launches new ‘Core’ ETF range, with fees as low as 4bps

Mar 21st, 2018 | By
Lyxor launches new ‘Core’ ETF range, with fees as low as 4bps

Lyxor has launched a new range of ‘Core’ ETFs with total expense ratios starting from just 4 basis points. The range is composed of 16 ETFs covering the major equity markets as well as gilts and TIPS on the fixed income side. Four new ETFs have been launched to complement 12 existing, re-badged ETFs whose fees have been cut. Arnaud Llinas, head of ETFs and indexing at Lyxor, said, “Investors tell us they want simple, high quality ETFs at low costs. We’ve launched our Core range to achieve precisely that.”



BlackRock extends iShares offering on SIX Swiss Exchange

Mar 16th, 2018 | By
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.



Reality Shares, Nasdaq partner on blockchain technology ETF

Jan 18th, 2018 | By
Reality Shares, Nasdaq partner on ETF exposed to blockchain technology

Reality Shares, a San Diego-based asset manager and ETF issuer, has partnered with Nasdaq to launch an ETF providing access to companies involved in blockchain technology. “The blockchain ecosystem potentially presents one of the most profound, long-term investment opportunities many of us have or will ever see in our lifetime,” said Eric Ervin, CEO of Reality Shares.



Deutsche lists UCITS ETFs on Mexican Stock Exchange

Jan 17th, 2018 | By
Deutsche adds USD high-yield corporate bond ETF to fixed income suite

Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche AM) has announced the listing of its first set of UCITS-compliant exchange-traded funds on the Mexican Stock Exchange. ETFs are rapidly gaining importance among Latin American institutions. Moreover, they are increasingly seeking UCITS products due to their potential for tax efficiency and access to exposures and features unavailable to other ETF jurisdictions.



UK wealth managers taking an active approach to index investing

Oct 30th, 2017 | By
UK wealth managers are taking an active approach to index investing, according to a BlackRock-commissioned survey from KPMG.

A survey from KPMG commissioned by BlackRock released today shines a light on the index investing habits of financial advisers and wealth managers: how and why they are using ETFs and index mutual funds, as well as how they are reacting to regulation and technological change.



‘Knowledge Effect’ ETF surpasses $100m in assets

Oct 24th, 2017 | By
‘Knowledge Effect’ ETF surpasses $100m in assets

Colorado-based Knowledge Leaders Capital has announced that its Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF (NYSE Arca: KLDW) has surpassed $100 million in assets under management. The New York-listed ETF is linked to the Knowledge Leaders Developed World Index, an equal-weighted index of companies identified through a proprietary process that capture the so-called ‘Knowledge Effect’.



Invesco acquires Guggenheim’s ETF business

Sep 29th, 2017 | By
Martin L. Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco

Invesco, the asset manager behind the PowerShares brand of ETFs, has agreed a deal to acquire Guggenheim Investments’ ETF business for $1.2 billion in cash. The business includes around $37 billion of assets under management, comprising ETFs such as the $13.8 billion Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (RSP) and the popular BulletShares suite of defined-maturity bond ETFs. Martin L. Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco, said: “Guggenheim Investments’ ETF business is highly complementary to Invesco’s, and will enable us to provide one of the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative ranges of smart beta ETFs.”



MSCI to include China A shares in EM and ACWI indices

Jun 21st, 2017 | By
MSCI to include China A shares in EM and ACWI indices

MSCI has announced that it will include China A shares in its widely followed MSCI Emerging Markets and MSCI ACWI indices from June 2018. Remy Briand, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Policy Committee at MSCI, said, “International investors have embraced the positive changes in the accessibility of the China A shares market over the last few years and now all conditions are set for MSCI to proceed with the first step of the inclusion.”



LSE bolsters FTSE Russell franchise with acquisition of Citi Fixed Income Indices

May 30th, 2017 | By
LSE bolsters FTSE Russell franchise with acquisition of Citi's Yield Book and Fixed Income Indices

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has agreed to acquire The Yield Book and Citi Fixed Income Indices from Citigroup for $685 million in cash. The acquisition represents a significant opportunity for LSEG to enhance its fixed income data and analytics capabilities and strengthen its FTSE Russell index franchise, bringing an increase in benchmark AUM of around $2 trillion. The deal substantially bolsters FTSE Russell’s footprint and product offering in the fixed income space – one of the fastest-growing segments of the ETF industry – and follows the acquisition of the Russell Indexes business in 2014.



Platforms too passive in the provision of ETFs, finds Platforum

Oct 11th, 2016 | By
Platforms too passive in the provision of ETFs, finds Platforum

Fund platform research firm Platforum has published its latest UK fund distribution report on passives, ETFs and smart beta. The research reveals that while tracker fund assets have doubled since the implementation of the RDR, supported by widespread take-up by financial advisers, ETF adoption by financial advisers has been significantly less pronounced.