ETF and Index News

AdvisorShares lowers fees on Dorsey Wright international equity ETF

Dec 5th, 2017 | By
Innovator Capital licenses second IBD index for ETF creation

AdvisorShares has lowered the expense ratio for the AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF (AADR US), an actively managed fund providing exposure to international equities with strong relative price momentum. Fees on the ETF have been reduced from 0.99% to 0.98%.



Euronext to acquire Irish Stock Exchange

Dec 1st, 2017 | By
Euronext buys Irish Stock Exchange for €137m

Euronext has announced the acquisition of the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) for €137 million. Euronext is planning to combine ISE’s ETF issuer and listing expertise with its own pan-EU trading platform to deliver a pan-European ETF trading hub.



Horizons launches Canada’s first robotics ETF

Dec 1st, 2017 | By
Horizons launches Canada’s first robotics ETF

Horizons ETFs has launched the Horizons Robotics and Automation Index ETF (ROBO CN), the first ETF listed in Canada to offer thematic exposure to the robotics and automation industry. Steve Hawkins, president and Co-CEO of Horizons ETFs, said: “This could be the largest untapped investment opportunity for Canadian investors.”



Robotic ETFs cash in

Dec 1st, 2017 | By
2017 – the year of the robot?

Thematic ETFs providing access to companies involved in the manufacture or use of robotics and automation have seen stunning growth in assets under management (AUM) in 2017, fuelled both by large inflows and remarkable returns.



Solactive launches Tradable European Factor Index Series

Nov 30th, 2017 | By
Amundi cross-lists European multi-factor market neutral ETF

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has launched a family of five European single factor equity indices, which will tracks firms with strong value, quality, low beta, price momentum, and earnings momentum characteristics. The smart beta indices have been exclusively licensed to Invesco PowerShares to underlie a suite of ETFs launched on Deutsche Börse earlier this week.



Vanguard files for actively managed smart beta ETFs

Nov 30th, 2017 | By
Vanguard cross-lists Euro Stoxx 50 ETF to SIX

Asset management titan Vanguard has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to launch six new actively managed smart beta ETFs providing exposure to US equities. The firm’s foray into the active ETF space will initially include momentum, liquidity, quality, value and low volatility single factor ETFs as well as a multi-factor fund.



FTSE Russell launches two new ESG index families

Nov 30th, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell launches two new ESG index families

FTSE Russell, one of the biggest players in the ETF indexing space, has announced the expansion of its environmental, social and governance (ESG) equity index offering with the launch of the FTSE Global Climate Index Series and the FTSE ESG Index Series.



Mackenzie launches three new active ETFs on TSX

Nov 28th, 2017 | By
Michael Cooke Mackenzie

Mackenzie Investments has launched three new actively managed ETFs on Toronto Stock Exchange. The new ETFs provide various opportunities to manage interest rate risk, leverage non-traditional asset classes and invest in enhanced global equity diversification. Michael Cooke, head of ETFs at Mackenzie Investments, commented: “We are very excited to deliver solutions that offer the benefits of our portfolio management expertise plus the structural benefits unique to ETFs including liquidity and flexibility.”



Traders voice concerns over growth of passive investing

Nov 28th, 2017 | By
Traders voice concerns over growth of passive investing

A mere 40% of respondents to a recent survey of European traders felt that the recent rise in passively managed assets will bring positive change to their companies. The study, conducted by SIX Swiss Exchange, a leading venue for ETF trading in Europe, found that a majority of those surveyed thought the ongoing growth of passive investing was a major concern for global markets.



EY: Majority of asset managers expected to offer ETFs in five years

Nov 22nd, 2017 | By
EY: Majority of asset managers expected to offer ETFs in five years

Two-thirds (67%) of survey respondents believe most asset managers will have an ETF offering in the next five years, according to consultancy firm EY. Although pointing to robust growth within the industry, the report also suggests that ETF providers will face new challenges as the industry grows in size and influence. Lisa Kealy, EY EMEIA wealth & asset management ETF leader, commented: “The industry will need to innovate around investors, refine investor journeys and reduce investor costs to remain competitive.”