‘ Asia Pacific ’

BlackRock launches iShares emerging markets ex China ETF

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches iShares emerging markets ex China ETF

BlackRock has unveiled the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ex China ETF (Nasdaq: EMXC), providing broad exposure to large- and mid-cap emerging market equities while excluding stocks from China.



Nikko: China’s deleveraging – when and how will it end?

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Woon Khien Chia, senior portfolio manager, Nikko Asset Management

By Woon Khien Chia, Senior Portfolio Manager, Nikko Asset Management.

China’s deleveraging campaign has been underway for more than three years, starting with the real sector and progressing to the financial sector. While excesses in key industrial sectors have been reduced and the overheated bond and currency markets have also corrected sharply, the country’s aggregate debt ratios are still not declining.



Samsung AM to close four inverse and leveraged ETPs

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Samsung AM to close four inverse and leveraged ETPs

Hong Kong-based Samsung Asset Management has announced it is closing four of its leveraged and inverse ETPs which provide exposure to equities listed in South Korea or Japan. The last trading day for the ETPs will be 31 July 2017 and their proposed termination date will be on or around 29 September 2017.



VanEck cross-lists EM bond on SIX

Jul 6th, 2017 | By
SIX Swiss Exchange adjusts rules governing blue-chip SMI Index

Vaneck has cross-listed its VanEck Vectors JP Morgan EM Local Currency Bond UCITS ETF (EMLC) on the SIX Swiss Exchange where it trades in Swiss francs. Launched in Europe in April 2017, the fund tracks the JP Morgan Government Bond Index – Emerging Markets Global Core Index, a reference for the performance of bonds issued in local currencies by 16 emerging market governments.



SSGA to close 19 SPDR ETFs

Jul 4th, 2017 | By

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has announced it will close 19 SPDR ETFs listed in the US. Of the 19 funds, all except one give exposure to equities domiciled outside the US. The largest ETF being closed is the SPDR S&P International Health Care Sector ETF (IRY) which was launched in July 2008 and has $198 million in assets under management.



MSCI launches new Japan ESG indices

Jul 3rd, 2017 | By
MSCI launches new Japan ESG indices

Leading index provider to the exchange-traded funds industry MSCI has launched two new Japan equity indices utilising environmental, social and governance (ESG) screening criteria – the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index and the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index.



Assets in Europe-listed ETPs reach new record high

Jun 30th, 2017 | By
European-listed ETFs/ETPs reach new record high

ETFGI has reported that assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe have reached a new record high of $682 billion at the end of May 2017, up 3.7% from the $658bn seen at the end of the previous month. The report goes on to say that assets invested in Europe-listed ETFs/ETPs have increased by 19% from $572bn year-to-date.



IndexIQ launches five multi-factor ESG ETFs

Jun 28th, 2017 | By
IndexIQ launches five multi-factor ESG ETFs

IndexIQ has launched five new ETFs that employ an environmental, sustainable and governance (ESG) filter to screen potential securities and then a smart beta multi-factor methodology to weight the selected constituents. The suite includes three equity and two bond (sovereign and corporate) ETFs listed on the Euronext Paris Exchange.



UBS launches Asia ex-Japan ETF in London

Jun 26th, 2017 | By
UBS launches Asia ex-Japan ETF in London

UBS has launched the UBS MSCI AC Asia ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (UC48) on the London Stock Exchange, providing exposure to the equity market performance of large and mid-cap stocks across emerging and developed market countries in Asia excluding Japan.



Nikko AM releases Japan equity outlook

Jun 22nd, 2017 | By
Nikko AM releases Japan equity outlook

By the Nikko Asset Management Japan equity team.

In the Japanese equities market, high dividend strategies have significantly outperformed other strategies. We believe that – in a low growth, low interest rate environment where investors yearn for yield – these strategies will continue to outperform.