Alternatives / Multi-Asset

First Trust launches currency-hedged versions of active FX ETF

Dec 5th, 2017 | By
Derek Fulton, CEO of First Trust Global Portfolios

First Trust Global Portfolios (FTGP) has launched euro- and pounds sterling-hedged share classes of the First Trust FactorFX UCITS ETF (FTFX LN). Derek Fulton, CEO of FTGP, said, “These new hedged share classes allow euro and sterling denominated investors to access the strategy while controlling their exchange rate volatility against the fund’s USD base currency.”



JP Morgan unveils event-driven hedge fund ETF

Dec 1st, 2017 | By
JP Morgan unveils event-driven hedge fund ETF

JP Morgan Asset Management has launched the JP Morgan Event Driven ETF (JPED US), an actively managed fund offering diversified exposure to returns historically accessed by event-driven hedge fund strategies.



VanEck rolls out four UCITS ETFs on the Mexican Stock Exchange

Nov 30th, 2017 | By
VanEck rolls out four UCITS ETFs on the Mexican Stock Exchange

VanEck has introduced four VanEck Vectors UCITS ETFs on the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, offering a mix of exposure: emerging market bonds, global gold miners, global small-cap gold miners, and US companies with wide ‘economic moats’.



USCF to launch two new private equity ETFs

Nov 30th, 2017 | By
USCF to launch two new private equity ETFs

USCF has announced it has registered two new ETFs that aim to provide investors with the long-term return characteristics of a private equity allocation. John Love, president and CEO of USCF, commented: “The new USCF ETFs are intended to make it easy for investors to access private equity-like long-term profiles at a lower price point that traditional private equity investments.”



BetaShares launches Australia’s first actively managed hybrids ETF

Nov 28th, 2017 | By
BetaShares launches Australia’s first actively managed hybrids ETF

Australian ETF provider BetaShares has launched the BetaShares Active Australian Hybrids Fund (HBRD AU), the country’s first active ETF to invest in hybrids, on Australian Securities Exchange. Alex Vynokur, managing director of BetaShares, commented: “As an asset class, hybrids offer investors attractive tax-efficient income, and generally higher levels of capital stability and lower levels of volatility compared to Australian shares.”



BlackRock highlights six portfolio ideas for global growth

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Wei Li, head of iShares EMEA investment strategy at BlackRock

Wei Li, head of iShares EMEA investment strategy at giant ETF issuer BlackRock, has commented on six potential ideas for investors’ portfolio allocations amidst increasing global economic expansion.



WisdomTree comments on how currency fluctuations impact ETF returns

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree comments on how currency fluctuations impact ETF returns

By Wisdomtree’s economic research team.

Investors looking to invest in ETFs may notice there are different currencies associated with the instrument. These currencies can have a significant impact on the return of the product, and therefore it’s important to understand how they work and why they fluctuate. This article seeks to offer some clarity to investors and traders around how currencies in ETFs work.



ProShares unveils inverse ETFs targeting bricks-and-mortar retailers

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
ProShares Inverse Retailers ETF

ProShares has launched the ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF (EMTY) on NYSE Arca, the first ETF specifically designed to benefit from the decline of US-listed bricks-and-mortar retail firms. Investors looking for an alternative play on this theme – simultaneously capturing the increasing popularity of online retailing – may wish to consider the ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF (CLIX US) which also launched today.



VanEck cross-lists two ETFs on Xetra

Nov 13th, 2017 | By
VanEck cross-lists ETFs on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra

VanEck has cross-listed two ETFs on Xetra – the VanEck Vectors Preferred US Equity UCITS ETF (PRF1 GR) and the VanEck Vectors Natural Resources UCITS ETF (HAP1 GR) – providing exposure to US preferred shares and global natural resources equities respectively.



Amundi unveils European multi-factor market neutral ETF

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
Fannie Wurtz, managing director at Amundi ETF, indexing & smart beta

Amundi has launched the Amundi European Equity Multi Factor Market Neutral ETF (MKTN FP) on Euronext Paris, providing a means for investors to gain access to the long-term potential of factor risk premia without being exposed to the direction of European equity markets. Fannie Wurtz, managing director at Amundi ETF, commented: “In today’s low yield environment, investors are on the lookout for new ways to generate return and diversify their portfolios. This new ETF shows our ongoing determination to give investors transparent and effective investment solutions.”