‘ Asia Pacific ’

ETFs/ETPs listed in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) pass $150bn AUM milestone

Aug 24th, 2017 | By
Bond ETFs to reach $1.5 trillion by 2022, says BlackRock

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Asia Pacific excluding Japan have reached a new record high of $151 billion at the end of July 2017, surpassing the prior record of $145bn set at the end of June 2017, according to data from London-based ETF industry consultant ETFGI.



WisdomTree says Japan’s economy has entered sweet spot

Aug 24th, 2017 | By
Jesper Koll, WisdomTree's head of Japan.

By Jesper Koll, WisdomTree’s head of Japan.

The April-June GDP report suggests that the Japanese economy has entered into a sweet spot, with growth accelerating and broadening into all components of domestic demand. While the 4% annualised GDP growth rate marks peak slingshot acceleration, the details of the report fully verify our thesis that Japan has entered a self-sustaining domestic demand-led up-cycle.



Indxx launches smart beta Japan dividend index

Aug 22nd, 2017 | By
Nikko: Japan’s inflation and monetary policy outlook

Indxx, an index provider headquartered in New York, has launched the Indxx Dominant Dividend Japan Index. The smart beta index gives exposure to 50 high dividend paying stocks domiciled in Japan. Indxx has indicated the index is suitable for use as the underlying for ETF creation.



Nikko calls China the great disruptor of our time

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Yu-Ming Wang, CIO, Nikko Asset Management.

By Yu-Ming Wang, CIO, Nikko Asset Management.

As China’s economic development enters a more sophisticated and mature phase, it is beginning to challenge many of the status quos that have been taken for granted since the middle of the 20th century. With its large domestic market and huge savings pool, China does not simply follow the rules. China and its companies are becoming increasingly competitive, disrupting many long-established norms by leveraging various competitive advantages such as economies of scale, product differentiation and erecting higher barriers to new entrants.



Flows into Europe-listed bond ETFs hit by hawkish central banks, reports Lyxor

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
Bond ETF flows hit by hawkish central banks, reports Lyxor

European-listed ETF market flows remained steady in July with net new assets (NNA) over the month totalling €8.7 billion, according to monthly flows analysis from Lyxor. However, fixed income flows decreased to €2.3bn, close to the lowest monthly level of the year.



Nikko buys minority stake in ETF boutique ARK Investment Management

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Catherine D. Wood, CEO, Ark Investment Management

Nikko Asset Management has bought a 15% minority stake in ARK Investment Management, a New York-based boutique provider of thematic ETFs targeting disruptive technologies. As part of the deal, Nikko AM will obtain exclusivity to offer ARK products and investment strategies in Japan and Asia Pacific. Catherine D. Wood, CEO and CIO of ARK, commented: “An entirely new market of investor will benefit now from Nikko AM’s ability to deliver disruptive innovation, which is transforming both industries and the global economy, through ARK’s investment strategies.”



WisdomTree adds A-Share exposure to EM and China ETFs

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell disagrees with MSCI on China A-Shares inclusion

WisdomTree has announced it is adding China A Share exposure to two of its ETFs, the WisdomTree Emerging Markets ex-State-Owned Enterprises Fund (NYSE Arca: XSOE) and the WisdomTree China ex-State-Owned Enterprises Fund (Nasdaq: CXSE). The funds underlying indices will make the changes following a special rebalance scheduled to occur after the close of business on 11 August 2017.



AUM in Japan-listed ETFs/ETPs grows by a quarter in H1 2017

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
Japan-listed ETFs/ETPs record $4bn net inflows during July

Assets invested in Japan-listed exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products grew by 26.7% in the first half of 2017, from $173.3 billion to reach a new record of $219.6bn, according to research from ETF industry consultancy ETFGI.



Nikko expects diverging EM performance

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
Robert Samson, senior portfolio manager, multi-asset at Nikko Asset Management.

By Robert Samson, senior portfolio manager, multi-asset at Nikko Asset Management.

Emerging markets (EM) have been on a tear, originally lifted from the doldrums in early 2016 by China stimulus, but now self-sustaining with a synchronized economic recovery across emerging markets and Europe. Yes, the US has been hiking rates, but so far the EM recovery has remained durable despite bouts of dollar strength and rising treasury yields.



Fubon launches Hang Seng H-Share ETF in Taiwan

Jul 31st, 2017 | By
Fubon launches Hang Seng H-Share ETF in Taiwan

Taipei-headquartered Fubon Asset Management has launched the Fubon Hang Seng H-Share ETF (00700) on Taiwan Stock Exchange, providing access to the performance of mainland China enterprises listed in Hong Kong.