ETF and Index News

Thomson Reuters and Affinity partner to launch StarMine World Leaders Index

Feb 26th, 2018 | By
Stephan Flagel, global head of benchmarks and indices at Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters has partnered with Affinity to launch the Thomson Reuters StarMine Affinity World Leaders Index. Stephan Flagel, global head of benchmarks and indices at Thomson Reuters commented: “Today’s global equity investors need indices that not only provide greater access to global markets, and related sub-sectors, but also provide a greater level of transparency.”



Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) ETFs see largest ever monthly increase in assets

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By
Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) receive record inflows, according to ETFGI

Assets invested in ETFs and ETPs (hereafter ETFs) listed in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) increased by $14bn (8.24%) in January – the greatest absolute monthly increase in assets on record – according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI.



White-label ETF platform marketβeta to launch in Europe

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By
New white-label ETF platform marketβeta to launch in Europe

A new white-label UCITS ETF platform, called marketβeta, is set to be established in Europe, providing third-party asset managers with the infrastructure to build and launch ETFs into Europe without having to establish their own full-service business. The platform is being launched by Graeme Dewar, previously head of strategy implementation at LGIM; and Joy Yang, former head of equities at Vanguard.



Solactive expands robotics & AI index offering

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By
Solactive launches another robotics index

Solactive, a German index provider, has launched the Solactive Industrial Robotics & Automation Index, a thematic index that tracks companies which provide robotics and automation solutions in an industrial context.



Canadian ETF industry see highest asset growth in almost two years

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Canada Toronto ETFs

Assets invested in ETFs listed in Canada grew by $4.9 billion in January 2018 to reach a record high of $122bn at the end of the month, according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI. The surge in assets represents the greatest absolute monthly increase for the Canadian ETF industry in almost two years.



Mirae anchors US presence by buying ETF provider Global X

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
Taeyong Lee, President, Global Head of ETFs for Mirae Asset

Global X, the seventeenth-largest US-based ETF issuer, has entered into an agreement to sell 100% of its fully diluted shares to Mirae Asset Global Investments, an independent financial services business based in Asia. “With Global X on board, we are now connecting one of the most successful US ETF firms to a prominent Asian-based global ETF manager, creating a powerful ETF platform.” said Taeyong Lee, president, global head of ETFs for Mirae Asset.



Trends shaping the future of asset management

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
Peter Hopkins, chief operating officer of Style Research.

By Peter Hopkins, chief operating officer of Style Research.

As the industry works to cope with new regulation, wades through an outpouring of new products, learns to satisfy investors’ shifting priorities and manages the active-passive debate, the viability of business units will be questioned, and at times radical measures will be taken. It’s still early days for these trends shaping the future of asset management, but their impacts will be felt far and wide.



Invesco to move to one global brand

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
Marty Flanagan, President and CEO of Invesco

Invesco has announced that it is moving to a unified global brand. The company will now be referred to as Invesco everywhere it does business with the brands affected by the change being Perpetual, Trimark and Invesco’s ETF business PowerShares. Marty Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco, said, “Although we are moving to a unified brand, we will preserve the time-tested and distinctive investment perspectives, processes and approaches of our many investment teams across the globe.”



ETFs attract €96.6 billion net inflows in January, finds Amundi

Feb 15th, 2018 | By
ETFs attract €96.6 billion net inflows in January, finds Amundi

Global ETF flows continued their positive trend in January 2018, with an increase of €96.6 billion, according to data from European ETF provider Amundi. The US market gained most of the inflows, at €78.6bn, against €13.2bn for the European market. Research by EY suggests that ETF assets have the potential to hit $7.6 trillion by the end of 2020.



Another marijuana ETF launches to meet growing demand

Feb 15th, 2018 | By
Steve Hawkins, President and Co-CEO of Horizons ETFs

Horizons ETF Management has launched the Horizons Emerging Marijuana Growers Index ETF (HMJR CN) on the NEO Exchange, tracking small-cap stocks primarily from North America which are involved in the cultivation, production and/or distribution of marijuana. “HMJR will exclusively invest in marijuana growers that, in our view, are well-positioned to take part in the global growth of the marijuana sector,” said Steve Hawkins, President and Co-CEO of Horizons ETFs.