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IG picks six of the best socially responsible ETFs

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Sam Dickens, assistant portfolio manager at IG.

By Sam Dickens, assistant portfolio manager at IG.

If you are looking to invest in the stock market but also want to make a positive impact on environmental and social issues, then socially responsible investing may be for you. In this piece we take a look at six of the best ETFs that facilitate socially responsible investing.



Deutsche rolls out MSCI USA Sector ETFs on Xetra

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Deutsche roll out MSCI USA Sector ETFs on Xetra

Deutsche Asset Management has launched six US sector ETFs on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges. The funds track indices created by MSCI and provide exposure to the energy, financials, health care, information technology, consumer discretionary and consumer staples sectors of the US economy.



ETF Securities lists global robotics ETF in Australia

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Robotics ETFs record strong inflows as sector outperforms

ETF Securities has listed the ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO) on the Australian Stock Exchange, providing exposure to one of the fastest growing themes within the global technology segment.



First Trust planning changes to US dividend ETF

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
Amundi to launch S&P 500 buyback ETF

First Trust Portfolios Canada is planning to change the name and underlying index of the First Trust AlphaDEX US Dividend ETF (CAD-Hedged) (TSX: FUD), a fund which gives investors exposure to US large-cap equities that pay higher-than-average dividends.



UBS launches MSCI socially responsible Switzerland ETF on SIX

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
UBS launches MSCI socially responsible Switzerland ETF on SIX

UBS has launched the UBS MSCI Switzerland IMI SRI ETF (CHSRI) on SIX Exchange, providing total market exposure to Swiss-listed equities while avoiding those companies which are perceived to be negatively impacting society.



Goldman Sachs launches equal-weight US large cap ETF

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
Goldman Sachs launches equal-weight US large cap ETF

Goldman Sachs has introduced the Goldman Sachs Equal Weight US Large Cap Equity ETF (Bats: GSEW) which provides access to the 500 largest US-listed equities while mitigating some of the biases inherent in traditional market cap-weighted indices.



BlackRock expands iShares corporate bond ETF suite

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
BlackRock expands iShares corporate bond ETF suite

BlackRock has continued to build out its range of ETFs offering exposure to corporate bonds with the launch of three new funds. Two of the funds offer exposure to the intermediate and long-term maturity segments of the investment grade corporate bond universe, while the third launch is a target-maturity fund.



ETF assets reach new record high in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan)

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
ETF assets reach new record high in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan)

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) have reached a new record high of $155 billion as of the end of August 2017, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI.



Moody’s investigates effects of smart beta ETF price war

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
IndexIQ adjusts fees on a range of ETFs

The ongoing price war in smart beta ETF fees has the potential to negatively impact the credit ratings of traditional active asset managers as well as smart beta ETF providers, according to credit rating agency Moody’s.



Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

By Nicolas Rabener, Founder, FactorResearch.

In our recent research note “Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction” we concluded there was no improvement in returns or decrease in drawdowns, compared to an improvement in the risk-return ratio when using Value & Growth factor exposures. However, the question remains if any of these offer diversification benefits, which is one of the few free lunches in the investment world.