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US financials lead S&P 500 to record highs

Nov 29th, 2017 | By
US Financials ETFs lead S&P 500 to record highs

US financial stocks have helped push the S&P 500 Index to fresh highs this week. ETFs tracking the sector, such as the iShares S&P 500 Financials Sector UCITS ETF (IUFS LN), are up approximately 4.8% this week as the S&P 500 put on 0.9% to hit a record close of 2627.04 on 28 November.



Manulife launches two multi-factor ETFs on TSX

Nov 28th, 2017 | By
Manulife Investments launches two new multi-factor ETFs

Manulife Investments has launched two new multi-factor ETFs on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The funds are sub-advised by Dimensional Fund Advisors and provide exposure to Canadian and US equities.



BlackRock launches global aggregate bond ETF

Nov 23rd, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches global aggregate bond ETF

BlackRock has expanded its fixed income range with the launch of the iShares Global Aggregate Bond UCITS ETF (AGGG LN) on London Stock Exchange. The fund provides diversified exposure to investment grade fixed income across currencies, regions and sectors.



Gold ETFs face short-term headwinds, reports VanEck

Nov 23rd, 2017 | By
Gold ETFs face short-term headwinds, reports VanEck

ETFs that offer exposure to gold are expected to face headwinds in the coming months, as a number of factors look set to put pressure on the gold price in the near term, according to a new research note from VanEck.



BlackRock planning active US sector ETFs

Nov 22nd, 2017 | By
BlackRock planning active US sector ETFs

The world’s largest ETF provider, BlackRock, is planning to launch a number of active US equity sector ETFs managed by sophisticated algorithms. Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reveal the funds will be launched under the brand ‘iShares Evolved’ and will each give exposure to one of seven sectors.



ETFs in Europe hit €620bn in AUM, reports Thomson Reuters

Nov 22nd, 2017 | By
ETFs in Europe hit €620bn in AUM, reports Thomson Reuters

Assets under management (AUM) of ETFs domiciled in Europe reached €622 billion at the end of October, up from €601bn the previous month, according to Thomson Reuters. October saw the addition of €6.6bn in net new assets, meaning the majority of the €20.9bn AUM gain was due to the performance of underlying markets.



Horizons enters partnership with Cadence to launch active ETFs

Nov 22nd, 2017 | By
Horizons enters partnership with Cadence to launch active ETFs

Horizons ETFs Management US has entered into a strategic partnership with Cadence Capital Management to develop a series of actively managed ETFs due to launch early in 2018. The first fund will be a US equity strategy that focuses on high-quality companies from the Russell 1000 Index with above average dividend yields.



Guggenheim closes large-cap optimised ETF

Nov 22nd, 2017 | By
Guggenheim closes large-cap optimised ETF

Guggenheim Investments will close and liquidate the Guggenheim Large Cap Optimized Diversification ETF (OPD US). The fund’s last trading day on the NYSE Arca will be 18 December 2017.



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.