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IBD 50 ETF switches from active to passive

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
IBD 50 ETF switches from active to passive

In a move reflecting trends seen in the wider asset management industry – namely the shift from active to passive – the Innovator IBD 50 Fund (FFTY US) has switched from being actively managed to passive index-tracking. The ETF, which launched in April 2015, will now track the IBD 50 Index, which had previously been used as the ETF’s performance benchmark.



Sector ETFs set to be impacted by changes to GICS

Nov 21st, 2017 | By

MSCI and S&P Dow Jones Indices have announced changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) that will see the telecommunication services sector being broadened and renamed as communication services. The changes are set to affect ETFs that provide exposure to the telecoms, technology and consumer discretionary sectors, and will take effect in September 2018.



Solactive launches bricks-and-mortar retail index

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Solactive launches bricks-and-mortar retail index

Solactive has launched the Solactive-ProShares Bricks and Mortar Retail Store Index, which tracks US retail companies that rely principally on in-store sales. The recently-launched ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF (EMTY US) provides inverse exposure to the index.



John Hancock unveils multi-factor small cap ETF

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
John Hancock unveils multi-factor small cap ETF

John Hancock Investments has launched the John Hancock Multifactor Small Cap ETF (JHSC US) on NYSE Arca. Andrew G. Arnott, president and CEO of John Hancock, commented: “Our firm’s momentum in the ETF space has been strong, and we now have $1 billion in ETF assets under management.”



ETF flows chasing fee cuts, reports FactSet

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
ETF flows chasing fee cuts, reports FactSet

ETF flows have started to chase the fund fee cuts that have become a staple of the industry in recent months, according to new research released by FactSet. The report comes in the wake of numerous announcements in the last few months of fee reductions and new ultra-low-cost funds from major players, including Charles Schwab, State Street Global Advisors, Franklin Templeton, Deutsche Asset Management and Invesco PowerShares.



Global ETF inflows hit €500bn for 2017, reports Amundi

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
Global ETF inflows hit €500bn for 2017, reports Amundi

Exchange-traded funds recorded €52.6 billion of inflows during October, taking the global total for 2017 to €500bn, according to research by Amundi. In Europe, inflows totalled €6.8bn for October (€80.6bn since January), with €5.8bn flowing into equity products and €1bn into fixed income products.



LGIM to buy ETF Securities’ European ETF platform

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
LGIM to buy ETF Securities’ European ETF platform

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has agreed to buy ETF Securities’ European ETF platform known as Canvas. The news comes two days after WisdomTree announced a deal to buy ETF Securities’ European ETP business. Graham Tuckwell, founder and chairman of ETF Securities, commented, “Combining the ETF expertise and capabilities of Canvas with the scale and reach of LGIM should be transformative for existing and new customers.”



There’s more to ETF liquidity than AUM and ADV, says Deutsche

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
Look beyond ADV and AUM for ETF liquidity, says Deutsche AM

A new research note from Deutsche Asset Management argues that the most commonly used measures to assess an ETF’s liquidity may not give investors the full picture.



KraneShares releases further commentary on China Environment ETF

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
Jonathan Krane, CEO of KraneShares

KraneShares has released further commentary on its recently launched thematic ETF – the KraneShares MSCI China Environment ETF (KGRN US) – which provides access to Chinese companies involved in producing environmentally beneficial products and services. Speaking about the investment case for the ETF, Jonathon Krane, CEO of KraneShares, said, “We believe Chinese companies focused on contributing to a more environmentally sustainable economy may potentially benefit from this focused initiative.”



Quality best-performing factor in 2017, reports FTSE and OppenheimerFunds

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
Quality best performing factor in 2017, reports FTSE and OpenheimerFunds

Quality has replaced value as the factor driving US large-cap equities in 2017 so far, according to new research from FTSE Russell and OppenheimerFunds.