ETF and Index News

Booming ETFs help BlackRock weather investors’ cost-cutting

Apr 20th, 2017 | By
Booming ETFs help BlackRock weather investors' cost-cutting

BlackRock Inc, the world’s biggest asset manager, on Wednesday reported double-digit profit gains as investors plowed money into lower-cost index funds, but the company’s share price slipped as revenue fell short of analysts’ expectations.



Nikko: Japan’s inflation and monetary policy outlook

Apr 20th, 2017 | By
Nikko: Japan’s inflation and monetary policy outlook

By Shigemasa Katayama, Head of Fixed Income, Japan at Nikko Asset Management.



Lyxor reports record quarterly flows for Europe-listed ETFs

Apr 18th, 2017 | By
Lyxor reports record quarterly flows for Europe-listed ETFs

ETFs listed in Europe experienced net inflows in March of €9.8 billion, leading to a record-breaking quarterly result of over €30bn for Q1 2017, according to Marlène Hassine Konqui, head of ETF Research at Lyxor, Europe’s third largest provider of ETFs.



Factor investing: Q&A with MSCI’s Hitendra Varsani

Apr 13th, 2017 | By
Hitendra Varsani, executive director of factor strategies, MSCI

With over 900 ETFs based on its indexes, MSCI is one of the most important index providers in the ETF world. The firm calculates over 180,000 indexes daily with over $10 trillion in assets benchmarked to those indexes. ETF Strategy sat down with Hitendra Varsani, who spent 11 years at Morgan Stanley prior to joining MSCI as executive director of factor strategies.



London Stock Exchange sees 23 new ETP listings during March

Apr 13th, 2017 | By
London Stock Exchange sees 23 new ETP listings during March

Thirteen new ETFs and ten new ETCs listed on the London Stock Exchange in March, bringing the total number of ETFs and ETPs listed on the exchange to 890 and 451 respectively.



France tops MSCI equity indices in March

Apr 13th, 2017 | By
France tops MSCI equity indices in March

Leading index provider to the exchange-traded fund industry MSCI has released its performance report for March 2017, breaking down the best and worst performing equity indices over this period by countries, factors and sectors.



IG: Tips for private investors creating ETF portfolios

Apr 12th, 2017 | By
Oliver Smith, Portfolio Manager at IG

With over 6,000 ETFs, of which there are 1,200 ISA eligible ETFs, it can be intimidating for private investors to know where to start. Oliver Smith, Portfolio Manager at IG, shares some tips on how private should build portfolios using ETFs.



Global ETPs break monthly, quarterly, and YTD records, finds BlackRock

Apr 11th, 2017 | By
Global ETPs surpass monthly, quarterly, and YTD records in 2017

ETPs listed globally gathered $64.8 billion in net new assets during March, according to BlackRock’s latest ETP Landscape Report, setting a new range of performance yardsticks, having surpassed existing monthly, quarterly and year-to-date (YTD) records.



Tradeweb reports strongest month for European ETF trading since launch

Apr 11th, 2017 | By
Tradeweb reports strongest month for European ETF trading since launch

Trading activity on Tradeweb’s European ETF marketplace during March was the strongest month on record since the platform’s launch in late 2012.



FTSE Russell launches CAD-hedged global sector indices

Apr 10th, 2017 | By
Ken O’Keeffe, managing director, global head of ETFs at FTSE Russell

FTSE Russell has unveiled four new global sector indices with built-in currency hedging. The Russell Developed Large Cap 100% Hedged to CAD indices are designed for Canadian market participants and capture specific global exposures related to the consumer staples, consumer discretionary, banking and insurance sectors. Ken O’Keeffe, global head of ETFs at FTSE Russell, said: “After recognizing a growing desire among Canadian market participants for global sector exposures, we are delighted to roll out this new suite of indices.”