‘ Asia Pacific ’

What next for China ETFs after Moody’s downgrade?

May 24th, 2017 | By
CESC launches Mainland China private enterprise ‘elite’ index

On 24 May, Moody’s downgraded China’s long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings to A1 from Aa3 and changed the outlook from stable to negative. This comes on the back of efforts by Chinese authorities to reduce a build-up of debt, after becoming concerned about financial sector stability and asset price bubbles. With short-term uncertainty around China on the rise, what can ETF investors expect in the years ahead?

Nearly half of all asset owners now using smart beta: FTSE Russell survey

May 23rd, 2017 | By
Smart beta usage continues to grow reports FTSE Russell

Nearly half of all asset owners now have an allocation to smart beta, according to the latest annual smart beta survey from index provider FTSE Russell. Forty-six percent of asset owners now use smart beta, marking the highest adoption rate since the survey’s inception in 2014. This is up from 36% in 2016 and 26% in 2015, with a further 25% currently evaluating smart beta but with no allocation at present. The outlook for smart beta continues to look positive, too, with 76% of respondents planning to increase their allocation within the next 18 months.

FTSE Russell launches float adjusted China A-shares indexes

May 19th, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell launches float adjusted China A-shares indexes

FTSE Russell has launched the FTSE China A Free Indexes, offering a free float adjusted version of the FTSE China A Indexes, a common benchmark used by international investors when referencing the performance of China’s A-shares market.

ETF/ETP assets in Japan reach record highs despite outflows

May 19th, 2017 | By
ETF/ETP assets in Japan reach record highs despite outflows

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Japan have reached a new record high of $209 billion at the end of April 2017, despite monthly net outflows of $837 million, according to analysis by ETF industry consultant ETFGI.

Pakistan set to join MSCI Emerging Markets ETFs

May 17th, 2017 | By
Pakistan MSCI

Index provider MSCI has re-confirmed the upgrade of Pakistan from frontier market to emerging markets status following the firm’s latest market reclassification review. The move will see Pakistan rejoin the bellwether MSCI Emerging Markets Index, tracked by several large ETFs in Europe including the giant iShares Core EM IMI UCITS ETF (LON: EIMI).

WisdomTree: Five reasons Indian equities could spice up your portfolio

May 17th, 2017 | By
India Spice ETFs

By Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree Europe.

India is at an interesting crossroad where leadership is pro-actively taking tough reforms for long-term growth. Two pillars of the Indian economy, that is consumption and demographics, have encouraging projected growth numbers.

Index Industry Association welcomes three new members

May 10th, 2017 | By
Richard Redding, chief executive officer of Index Industry Association.

Index Industry Association (IIA), a global organization of index administrators, has announced the addition of three new members – CBOE Holdings (CBOE), China Central Depository & Clearing (CCDC) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).

Nikko AM: Japan in motion – What does the future hold?

May 10th, 2017 | By
Naoki Kamiyama, chief strategist, Nikko Asset Management.

By Naoki Kamiyama, chief strategist, Nikko Asset Management.

We often read that Abenomics continues to divide people as to whether it is working, and if this policy platform advocated strongly by Prime Minister Abe since his election in 2012 will ever achieve its objective of moving Japan’s economy forward. We believe that Abenomics is working, however we feel that its success cannot be determined by viewing government policy frameworks in isolation.

China A-Shares offer benefits to global investors, finds Vanguard

May 3rd, 2017 | By
Peter Westaway, Vanguard chief economist, Europe.

Investors can benefit from including China A-Shares as part of a globally diversified portfolio, regardless of China’s short- to medium-term performance, according to new research undertaken by ETF provider Vanguard.

ANZ ETFS launches global technology ETF

May 2nd, 2017 | By
ANZ ETFS launches global technology ETF

ANZ ETFS Management has launched the ANZ ETFS Morningstar Global Technology ETF (ASX: TECH), the first Australia-listed ETF to give investors exposure to global technology stocks. The underlying Morningstar Developed Markets Technology Moat Focus Index uses uses the research house’s “Wide Moat” methodology to identify global technology companies that have a competitive advantage which Morningstar believes will endure for at least ten years.