Equities

Record Q2 dividends puts spotlight on UK income ETFs

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Record Q2 UK dividends puts spotlight on income ETFs

UK companies distributed an all-time record £33.3 billion in dividends in the second quarter, comfortably beating the previous record of £29.1bn set in Q2 last year, according to research from Capita. The dividend windfall highlights the income-generating potential of UK stocks and is likely to enhance the appeal of UK income ETFs to yield-seeking investors.



WisdomTree: Japan is leading dividend growth in international markets

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Jeremy Schwartz, director of research at WisdomTree.

By Jeremy Schwartz, director of research at WisdomTree.

Once a year, WisdomTree conducts a rebalance of its dividend-weighted stock indices which adjusts positions based on changes in relative valuations. We measure these relative valuations by examining stock price movements versus fundamentals in international markets, primarily utilising a company’s dividend stream in our broad-based index strategies. At this year’s May rebalance, we noticed how Japan is leading the international markets in terms of underlying dividend growth.



BlackRock launches iShares emerging markets ex China ETF

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches iShares emerging markets ex China ETF

BlackRock has unveiled the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ex China ETF (Nasdaq: EMXC), providing broad exposure to large- and mid-cap emerging market equities while excluding stocks from China.



BlackRock cross-lists iShares EUR-hedged smart beta ETF

Jul 18th, 2017 | By
BlackRock cross-lists EUR hedged smart beta ETF on Deutsche Börse

BlackRock has cross-listed the iShares Edge S&P 500 Minimum Volatility UCITS ETF EUR Hedged (IS31) on Deutsche Börse. The euro-hedged share class of the fund offers investors hedged exposure to a US large-cap equity portfolio that offers a similar return to the S&P 500 Index with lower overall volatility.



PowerShares unveils S&P 500 Minimum Variance ETF

Jul 18th, 2017 | By
PowerShares unveils S&P 500 Minimum Variance ETF

Invesco PowerShares has launched the PowerShares S&P 500 Minimum Variance ETF (Bats: SPMV), providing exposure to select constituents from the bellwether S&P 500 Index while producing lower volatility characteristics compared to the broader US large-cap equity market.



Legg Mason launches small-cap smart beta ETF

Jul 18th, 2017 | By
Legg Mason launches international high dividend low volatility ETF

Legg Mason has launched a multi-factor ETF that gives exposure to small-cap US equities. The Legg Mason Small-Cap Quality Value ETF (Nasdaq: SQLV) tracks the Royce Small-Cap Quality Value Index, which has been developed by small-cap specialists Royce & Associates.



Principal launches actively managed preferred securities ETF

Jul 18th, 2017 | By
Principal launches actively managed preferred securities ETF

Principal Financial has launched the Principal Spectrum Preferred Securities Active ETF (PREF) on Bats Exchange. The actively managed fund will invest in a range of preferred securities, including preferred stock, certain depository receipts, and various types of junior subordinated debt, from global companies.



OppenheimerFunds launches three new revenue-weighted ETFs

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
OppenheimerFunds launches three new revenue-weighted ETFs

OppenheimerFunds has launched three new revenue-weighted ETFs on Bats Exchange, the Oppenheimer Emerging Markets Revenue ETF (REEM), Oppenheimer Global Revenue ETF (RGLB), and Oppenheimer International Revenue ETF (REFA), providing exposure to the emerging, global and international market segments respectively.



AdvisorShares launches actively managed FANG ETF

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
AdvisorShares launches actively managed FANG ETF

AdvisorShares has launched the AdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF (NYSE Arca: FNG), an actively managed ETF providing exposure similar to investing in US technology and media leaders as popularly characterized by the FANG stocks acronym (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (now Alphabet)). Noah Hamman, chief executive officer of AdvisorShares, commented: “FNG’s investment focus exemplifies what is driving economic growth in the modern era.”



Direxion launches triple leveraged Euro Stoxx 50 ETF

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
Sylvia Jablonski, managing director at Direxion

Direxion has launched the Direxion Daily Euro Stoxx 50 Bull 3X Shares (EUXL) which provides 300% of the daily performance of the Euro Stoxx 50 Index. Sylvia Jablonski, managing director at Direxion, said: “As political risks dissipate following the results of the French elections, the eurozone economy strengthens and prospects for earnings improve, this ETF may offer active traders exposure to a highly reputable index tracking 50 of the largest and most liquid blue-chip European stocks.”