Equities

Solactive EM consumer technology index to underlie new KraneShares ETF

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
New Solactive EM consumer technology index to underlie KraneShares ETF

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has launched the Solactive Emerging Markets Consumer Technology Index, providing exposure to the growing role of internet technology and e-commerce in emerging markets. The index will underlie a new ETF launched by KraneShares on the NYSE Arca.



Franklin Templeton adds EM multi-factor ETF to LibertyShares suite

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Franklin Templeton adds multi-factor ETF to Liberty Shares suite

Franklin Templeton has added to its line-up of Europe-listed ETFs with the launch of the Franklin Templeton LibertyQ Emerging Markets UCITS ETF, tracking the performance of large- and mid-cap emerging markets stocks selected using a multi-factor approach. Vivek Kudva, head of EMEA and India at Franklin Templeton, said, “We think this new strategy can be utilised as a strategic and long-term allocation for those investors looking for an alternative way of accessing emerging markets as part of their diversified portfolio.”



Research house Bernstein unveils debut ETFs

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Bernstein launches two ETFs based on in-house research

Sell-side research and brokerage firm Bernstein has waded into the ETF market with the launch of a pair of equity ETFs tracking global or US stocks selected based on the firm’s own proprietary research. Robert van Brugge, chairman and CEO of Bernstein said, “With these ETFs, investors can assess our insights directly at a competitive price and in a convenient format.”



Boost for Dow ETFs as index passes 23,000

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Boost for Dow ETFs as index passes 23,000

Investors in ETFs that track the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) have enjoyed a year of incredibly strong performance and were again celebrating as the index closed over 23,000 for the first time on 18 October 2017. The index, which celebrated its 120-year anniversary in 2016, has risen 30.4% in the 12 months to 18 October compared to the 21.9% returned by the S&P 500 Index over the same time period.



Virtus launches actively managed global multi-factor ETF

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
William J. Smalley, executive managing director and head of product strategy and management, Virtus ETF Solutions.

Virtus ETF Solutions has launched a new global multi-factor ETF – the Virtus WMC Global Factor Opportunities ETF (NYSE Arca: VGFO), sub-advised by Wellington Management. William J. Smalley, head of product strategy and management, Virtus ETF Solutions, said: “The dynamic, multi-factor approach combines the benefits of smart beta and active risk management, representing the next generation of factor investing.”



Amundi lists distributing share class of Euro Stoxx 50 ETF on Xetra

Oct 18th, 2017 | By
Amundi lists distributing share class of Euro Stoxx 50 ETF on Xetra

Amundi has listed an income-distributing share class for its Amundi Euro Stoxx 50 UCITS ETF on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt Exchanges. The new trading line complements the existing accumulating version currently listed on the Exchange.



Large flows recorded into BlackRock’s US sector ETFs

Oct 18th, 2017 | By
Large flows into BlackRock’s US sector ETFs

Significant inflows into three of BlackRock’s iShares US sector ETFs, those providing exposure to equities in the financials, information technology, and healthcare sectors, have been recorded over the last month.



BlackRock adds global equity ETF to iShares ESG suite

Oct 17th, 2017 | By
Manuela Sperandeo, head of specialist sales, EMEA at BlackRock

BlackRock has expanded its range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) ETFs with the launch of the iShares MSCI World SRI UCITS ETF (SUSW) on the London Stock Exchange. Manuela Sperandeo, head of specialist sales, EMEA at BlackRock, commented, “This ETF is the latest addition to a range that allows investors to express their active investment decisions on a broad range of markets and geographies, quickly and cost-effectively.”



Principal launches mega-cap low-vol ETF

Oct 17th, 2017 | By
Principal launches US mega-cap low-vol ETF

Iowa-headquartered Principal Financial has launched a new smart beta ETF tracking the performance of US mega-cap equities with a tilt toward lower volatility stocks. Paul Kim, managing director of ETF strategy, Principal Global Investors, commented: “Everyone likely has domestic large-cap equity exposure. USMC provides a more efficient way to get that exposure with potentially better risk-adjusted returns.”



EventShares launches US policy ETFs

Oct 17th, 2017 | By
Active Weighting Funds launches three politically-focused ETFs

EventShares, the ETF brand of Active Weighting Funds, has launched three new actively managed ETFs on the Bats Exchange. The Republican Policies Fund (GOP), the Democratic Policies Fund (DEMS) and the US Tax Reform Fund (TAXR) select their holdings based on US government policy themes and can take long or short positions in US securities.