‘ Active ETFs ’

IBD 50 ETF switches from active to passive

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
IBD 50 ETF switches from active to passive

In a move reflecting trends seen in the wider asset management industry – namely the shift from active to passive – the Innovator IBD 50 Fund (FFTY US) has switched from being actively managed to passive index-tracking. The ETF, which launched in April 2015, will now track the IBD 50 Index, which had previously been used as the ETF’s performance benchmark.



ETF flows chasing fee cuts, reports FactSet

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
ETF flows chasing fee cuts, reports FactSet

ETF flows have started to chase the fund fee cuts that have become a staple of the industry in recent months, according to new research released by FactSet. The report comes in the wake of numerous announcements in the last few months of fee reductions and new ultra-low-cost funds from major players, including Charles Schwab, State Street Global Advisors, Franklin Templeton, Deutsche Asset Management and Invesco PowerShares.



American Century licenses Precidian’s ActiveShares ETF structure

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
Edward Rosenberg, senior vice president and head of ETFs for American Century

American Century Investments has entered into an agreement with Precidian Investments to license the firm’s ActiveShares methodology in support of the potential launch of actively-managed, semi-transparent ETFs. The Precidian model allows ETF issuers to deliver actively-managed investment strategies in an ETF vehicle without disclosing holdings on a daily basis. Edward Rosenberg, senior vice president and head of ETFs for American Century, commented: “Our long-term plan is to leverage our established active-management capabilities to bring clients our investment strategies in an ETF format.”



JP Morgan lists first European-domiciled ETFs on LSE

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
JP Morgan lists first European-domiciled ETFs on the LSE

JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has listed two ETFs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) – the JPM Equity Long-Short UCITS ETF (JELS LN) and the JPM Managed Futures UCITS ETF (JPMF LN) – marking the firm’s entrance into the European ETF provider space. The actively managed funds provide exposure to traditional hedge fund strategies.



Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Toronto-based Equium Capital has unveiled an ETF share class for its global tactical allocation fund, which was launched in March 2017. The ETF shares will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the name Equium Global Tactical Allocation Fund (ETAC).



First Trust unveils actively managed municipal high income ETF

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
First Trust unveils actively managed municipal high income ETF

First Trust Advisors has launched the First Trust Municipal High Income ETF (Nasdaq: FMHI), a new actively managed fund investing primarily in municipal debt securities. The ETF seeks to provide a high level of tax-exempt income with a secondary objective of long-term capital appreciation.



Horizons launches Canada’s first AI-driven ETF

Nov 2nd, 2017 | By
Horizons launches active equity dividend ex-North America ETF

Horizons ETFs has launched the Horizons Active AI Global Equity ETF (MIND) on the Toronto Stock Exchange. MIND is Canada’s first ETF to use artificial intelligence for all security selection decisions. Steve Hawkins, president and co-CEO of Horizons ETFs, commented: “Unlike today’s portfolio managers who may be susceptible to investor biases such as overconfidence or cognitive dissonance, MIND is devoid of all emotion. It is purely systematic in how it makes investment decisions.”



Sage Advisory launches ESG corporate bond ETF

Nov 1st, 2017 | By
Sage Advisory launches first ETF

Sage Advisory, an investment management firm based in Austin, Texas, has unveiled its first independently issued ETF, the Sage ESG Intermediate Credit ETF (Cboe: GUDB). The ETF has been listed on the Cboe ETF Marketplace.



Global passive assets to hit $37 trillion by 2025, reports PwC

Oct 31st, 2017 | By
Global passive assets to hit $37 trillion by 2025, reports PwC

Global passive assets are set to more than double from $14 trillion in 2016 to $37tn by 2025, according to a recent report from professional services firm PwC.



EcoLogical Strategy ETF reports five years of outperformance

Oct 31st, 2017 | By
EcoLogical Strategy ETF reports benchmark-beating performance on five-year anniversary

The EcoLogical Strategy ETF (NYSE Arca: HECO), an actively managed ETF focused on investing in green companies, has provided benchmark-beating returns since its inception five years ago.