Lyxor enters ESG space with launch of “Trend Leaders” ETF

Mar 16th, 2018 | By
Lyxor enters ESG space with launch of "Trend Leaders" ETF on Deutsche Börse

Lyxor has become the latest issuer to unveil an ETF aimed at socially responsible and ethically conscious investors. Listed on Deutsche Börse, the Lyxor MSCI EM ESG Trend Leaders UCITS ETF (LESG) provides investors with exposure to emerging-market companies with strong and improving environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.

Meet the next generation of ETFs: Smart Alpha

Mar 16th, 2018 | By
Meet the next generation of ETFs: Smart Alpha

By Janet Flanders Johnston, portfolio manager at TrimTabs Asset Management.

The next generation of innovative equity ETFs may combine quantitative analysis with disciplined active management. Both purely active and purely passive products have negative attributes. By combining the best of both approaches, we believe a more efficient ETF that consistently generates alpha with the same amount of market risk can be created.

Tech ETFs recoup February losses, and then some

Mar 15th, 2018 | By
Cutting-edge technologies support the growth of the sector

One sector has more than recouped its losses from February’s volatility. Technology has stormed ahead over the past month; 12 of the 15 top-performing London-listed ETFs over one-month track a tech-based index. But, as Chris Dhanraj, Head of the ETF Investment Strategy team at iShares, notes, “In investing, past is not prologue… the question is: Can the good times roll on?”

BlackRock introduces distributing share class for giant iShares EM ETF

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF

BlackRock has introduced a distributing share class (EIMU LN) for its giant iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI UCITS ETF on London Stock Exchange.

Hartford Funds lowers fees across multifactor ETF suite

Mar 13th, 2018 | By
Hartford Funds lowers fees across its multifactor ETF suite

Hartford Funds has lowered the fees charged on six smart beta equity ETFs. The funds include four multifactor ETFs, which select constituents based on a blend of three factors (value, momentum, and quality, and a further two multifactor factors that also incorporate low volatility screening.

RBC launches ETF in support of women’s leadership

Mar 12th, 2018 | By

RBC Global Asset Management has launched the RBC Vision Women’s Leadership MSCI Canada Index ETF (RLDR CN), investing in Canadian equities of companies that exhibit a commitment towards women leadership among their board of directors and executive leadership positions. Judy Cotte, vice-president and head of corporate governance and responsible investment, RBC, said, “We hope this new ETF will help bring greater focus to the issue of gender diversity at Canadian companies.”

UBS cross-lists gender equality ETF onto Borsa Italiana

Mar 9th, 2018 | By
UBS cross-lists gender ETF onto the Borsa Italiana

UBS has cross-listed its global gender equality ETF onto Borsa Italiana. The share class available on the Italian exchange is hedged to EUR and listed under the ticker code GENDEE IM. The UBS Global Gender Equality UCITS ETF launched in December 2017 and has since accumulated $44m assets under management.

EURO STOXX 50 turns 20 as ETF-linked assets top $40bn

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
Over $40bn in Euro STOXX 50 ETFs as blue-chip index turns 20

Zurich-based index provider STOXX has celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the launch of the bellwether EURO STOXX 50 Index. The index, which preceded the introduction of the euro by 10 months, is considered the de factor performance benchmark for blue-chip euro zone stocks. It is also one of the most widely tracked indices, with around $40 billion in ETF assets referenced to it.

Doha Bank and Amwal launch Qatar’s first ETF

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani, Chairperson of Amwal

Doha Bank and Amwal have partnered to launch Qatar’s first ETF – the QE Index ETF (QETF QD) – an equity fund tracking the largest and most liquid companies listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange. “Amwal is proud to have the QETF as part of its product portfolio. Passive investment strategies are playing a bigger role for institutional investors looking for emerging market exposure as part of their global asset allocation,” said Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani, chairperson of Amwal.

BlackRock launches iShares MSCI EMU Multifactor ETF

Mar 6th, 2018 | By
BlackRock launches global aggregate bond ETF

BlackRock has launched the iShares Edge MSCI EMU Multifactor UCITS ETF (EDMF GY) on Deutsche Börse. The fund, an extension of the ‘iShares Edge’ suite of smart beta ETFs, consists of a portfolio of companies listed in developed eurozone markets that have been selected to maximise exposure to four factors – value, momentum, size and quality – while maintaining a risk profile similar to that of the parent MSCI EMU index.