Equities

KraneShares launches China Environment ETF

Oct 13th, 2017 | By
KraneShares launches China Environment ETF

KraneShares has launched the KraneShares MSCI China Environment ETF (NYSE Arca: KGRN). The ETF provides exposure to companies in China’s fast-growing environmental protection industry that has rapidly grown to be the largest renewable energy market in the world.



Change Finance launches impact investing ETF

Oct 12th, 2017 | By
Change Finance launches impact investing ETF

Change Finance, the majority women-run asset manager, has announced the launch of its first ETF, the Change Finance Diversified Impact US Large Cap Fossil Fuel Free ETF (NYSE Arca: CHGX). The ETF tracks an index that uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide its stock selection.



First Trust’s US IPO ETF proves a persistent outperformer

Oct 11th, 2017 | By
Josef Schuster - IPOX

Blockbuster performance from a number of new listings in the US market has translated into impressive returns for the First Trust US IPO Index UCITS ETF (FPX LN, FPXU FP), a London- and Paris-listed ETF providing exposure to US IPO and spin-off stocks. Holdings such as Kite Pharma, Chemours and PayPal have helped the ETF outperform the S&P 500 by 4.6% so far this year. But this is no flash-in-the-pan performance. The ETF’s underlying index created by IPO authority Joseph Schuster has delivered an annualised excess return of more than 4% p.a. over the past 10 years versus the S&P 500.



JP Morgan unveils first European-listed ETFs

Oct 11th, 2017 | By
Bryon Lake, international head of ETFs, JP Morgan Asset Management.

 J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has unveiled a pair of actively managed hedge fund ETFs to be listed on the London Stock Exchange. The two funds, the JPM Equity Long-Short UCITS ETF and the JPM Managed Futures UCITS ETF, will be the firm’s first ETFs to be rolled out in Europe. Commenting on the launch, Bryon Lake, international head of ETFs, JPMAM, said: “Providing investors with institutional-quality hedge fund strategies in a cost-efficient, liquid and tradeable ETF wrapper should help to advance the democratisation of hedge fund investing.”



VanEck launches trend-following equity ETF

Oct 10th, 2017 | By
FTSE 100 ETFs benefit as UK index reaches new heights

VanEck has introduced the VanEck Vectors NDR CMG Long/Flat Allocation ETF (NYSE Arca: LFEQ). Launched in collaboration with Ned Davis Research (NDR), the fund provides exposure to US large-cap equities through a guided allocation approach designed to help investors participate in bull markets and minimise losses in bear markets.



Poland promoted to developed economy by FTSE Russell

Oct 3rd, 2017 | By
Poland promoted to developed economy by FTSE Russell

Index provider FTSE Russell has announced the results of its annual review of country classifications. The standout change is the reclassification of Poland from emerging market to developed economy, becoming the first country from Eastern Europe to attain the status. The implementation of Poland’s revised market status will commence from September 2018 and will affect ETFs such as the €1.3 billion Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe UCITS ETF (LON: VEUR).



MSCI launches factor ESG index series

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
MSCI launches factor ESG index series

MSCI has announced the launch of a new range of indices, the MSCI Factor ESG Target Index Series, designed to provide exposure to target factors while integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) stock selection filters. Diana Tidd, head of index at MSCI, commented: “MSCI is seen as a thought leader in ESG and factor investing, and this new suite of indexes helps our clients integrate ESG while still focusing on the benefits of Factor Investing.”



Thematic investing with ETFs: Infrastructure

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
Thematic investing using ETFs: Infrastructure

Infrastructure is an essential part of a functioning society. It encompasses the physical structures and services that connect the different parts of a society and enable its efficient functioning. In this article, we take a look at how investors can use thematic ETFs to gain exposure to infrastructure.



US Global Investors launches precious metal miners ETF with smart beta overlay

Sep 30th, 2017 | By
US Global Investors launches smart beta precious metal miners ETF

A new smart beta ETF providing exposure to precious metal mining companies has been launched on the Toronto Stock Exchange.



Solactive launches future cars index, licensed to Evolve Funds for ETF

Sep 29th, 2017 | By
Solactive launches thematic future cars index

Solactive has launched the Solactive Future Cars Index Canadian Dollar Hedged which is the underlying for a new ETF from Evolve Funds listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Evolve Automobile Innovation Index ETF (TSX: CARS) gives investors thematic exposure to the future of the car industry – autonomous, connected, electric and shared.