ETF and Index News

BlackRock’s iShares captures record net inflows during 2017

Jan 5th, 2018 | By
BlackRock to transfer 50 iShares ETFs to Nasdaq or Bats

BlackRock has announced that its global iShares ETF business expanded at its fastest pace ever last year, collecting a record $246 billion in net new flows. The firm reported that growth was powered by investors of all types, including those using ETFs for core portfolio building blocks as well as for more targeted, niche exposures. Stephen Cohen, Head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock, said: “Our European range remains the go-to for investors seeking both broad market exposures for the core of portfolios, and tactical tools for managers to adjust portfolio return profiles.”



MiFID II to boost passives’ market share in Europe, finds Cerulli

Dec 23rd, 2017 | By
Angelos Gousios, director, European retail research, at Cerulli.

Angelos Gousios, director, European retail research, at Cerulli, notes that MiFID II’s drive for transparency on costs will shift the balance further in favour of passive investing, benefiting products such as ETFs.



WisdomTree launches China equity and global balanced income ETFs

Dec 21st, 2017 | By
WisdomTree launches China equity and global balanced income ETFs

WisdomTree has launched two new ETFs on NYSE Arca – the WisdomTree ICBCCS S&P China 500 Fund (WCHN US) and the WisdomTree Balanced Income Fund (WBAL US) – providing exposure to Chinese equities and a portfolio of ETFs composed of equity and fixed income exposures.



FTSE Russell unveils Italian brands index

Dec 19th, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell unveils Italian brands index

FTSE Russell has expanded its FTSE Italia Index Series with the launch of the FTSE Italia Brands Index, comprising Italian companies operating in the consumer goods and services sector that are considered best-in-class with regards to creativity, excellence, intuition and innovation.



AdvisorShares Vice ETF shuns ESG

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
VICE ETF AdvisorShares

AdvisorShares has launched the actively managed AdvisorShares Vice ETF (ACT US) on Nasdaq Exchange. While funds providing ESG-focused exposure are increasingly in vogue, ACT is the first ETF to provide concentrated exposure to companies in the alcohol, cannabis and tobacco sectors.



ETFs will relegate mutual funds to ‘legacy products’, says HANetf’s McNeil

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
European ETF industry flourishes in 2017 with 40% AUM growth

Mutual funds will become legacy products within 15 years, with ETF assets in Europe set to treble within the next decade, according to Hector McNeil, chief executive of new white-label ETF provider HANetf.



IndexIQ launches US large-cap multi-factor ETF

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
IndexIQ launches US large cap multi-factor ETF

IndexIQ, a New York Life Investments company, has launched the IQ Chaikin US Large Cap ETF (CLRG US) on the Nasdaq Exchange. “The addition of CLRG to our product suite provides investors and advisors with a powerful tool as they contemplate their domestic equity holdings,” said Salvatore Bruno, CIO of IndexIQ.



VelocityShares introduces first 4x leveraged ETPs to US

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
VelocityShares introduces first 4x leveraged ETPs to US

VelocityShares, the inverse and leveraged ETF brand of Janus Henderson Group, has launched a suite of ten quadruple-leveraged currency ETPs on NYSE Arca. Nick Cherney, senior vice president and head of ETPs for Janus Henderson, said, “This launch further demonstrates our dedication to developing sophisticated ETPs for institutional investors.”



Risk – the dog that did not bite in 2017, says S&P DJI

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
Risk – the dog that did not bite in 2017, says S&P DJI

In a review of 2017, Hamish Preston, senior associate, index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices states that “risk was the dog that didn’t bite this year”.



ETF providers take active approach to stewardship: Morningstar

Dec 13th, 2017 | By
ETF providers take active approach to stewardship Morningstar

ETF providers are taking an increasingly active approach to stewardship of the companies they hold passive stakes in, according to new research from Morningstar. The report reveals that contrary to passive investing critics, the shift to index investing has not led to an abdication of shareholder oversight.