‘ EDHEC-Risk ’

Amundi/EDHEC study reveals significant uptake of smart beta ETFs

Jun 8th, 2017 | By
Lionel Martellini, director of EDHEC-Risk Institute

About two-thirds of ETF users (67%) are using the vehicles to gain exposure to smart beta strategies, a considerable increase compared to 49% in 2014, according to the latest results of the 10th EDHEC European ETF and Smart Beta Survey. Professor Lionel Martellini, director of EDHEC-Risk Institute, said: “The survey confirms that transparency and the possibility of making explicit choices on risk exposures are key drivers behind investors’ growing appetite for smart beta.”



Desjardins launches international multifactor controlled volatility ETF

May 11th, 2017 | By
Desjardins launches international multifactor controlled volatility ETF

Desjardins Global Asset Management has launched an ETF targeting global stocks excluding Canada and the US which have been weighted to amplify exposure to a selection of equity market risk factors – value, momentum, size and low volatility.



ERI Scientific Beta launches new series of multifactor smart beta indices

Feb 28th, 2017 | By
ERI Scientific Beta indices surpass $10bn in tracking assets

ERI Scientific Beta has announced the launch of a series of new multifactor smart beta indices. Noël Amenc, CEO of ERI Scientific Beta, said the Multi-Beta Diversified High Factor Exposure series uses a top-down approach to maximise explicit risk control and diversification while taking interactions between factors into account. The methodology uses a High-Factor-Exposure filter which eliminates stocks that have exposures to factors other than the desired factor. The indices may serve as the underlying for future investment products such as ETFs.



MSCI reports strong demand for ETFs linked to factor indices

Nov 17th, 2016 | By
MSCI launches factor ESG index series

MSCI has reported strong net inflows of $17.5bn to ETFs linked to its factor indices between 1 January and 30 September 2016. With global factor-based ETFs attracting nearly $51bn in net inflows over this period, MSCI-linked ETFs have captured approximately one third of total net flows. Diana Tidd, MSCI’s Head of Index Products, commented: “Our innovative factor index offering, combined with the strength of our top quality brand, continue to make MSCI indices the first choice of ETF providers around the world.”



Amundi/EDHEC study finds high satisfaction among smart beta ETF users

Sep 30th, 2016 | By
Amundi captures over 10% of new ETF assets in Europe YTD

Smart beta exchange-traded funds are meeting investors’ expectations, with a satisfaction rate of 86%, according to a survey of 180 European investment professionals conducted by EDHEC-Risk Institute and commissioned by Amundi ETF. The main motivation for investing in smart beta ETFs is the capturing of factor premia, with value, low volatility and size factors considered as the most likely to be rewarded. Fannie Wurtz, Managing Director of Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta, commented: “The findings of this survey demonstrate that investors’ appetite for smart beta ETFs will keep on growing in the coming years.”



ERI SciBeta indices surpass $10bn in tracking assets

Jun 3rd, 2016 | By
ERI Scientific Beta indices surpass $10bn in tracking assets

Assets tracking the indices of smart beta index provider ERI Scientific Beta, a commercial venture of EDHEC Risk Institute, has reached the $10bn milestone. Part of these tracking assets can be attributed to a range of exchange-traded funds from providers such as Morgan Stanley, ETF Securities, Amundi and Global X Funds. Noël Amenc, CEO of ERI Scientific Beta, commented in a statement: “ERI Scientific Beta’s approach to smart beta index provision is based on three guiding principles: more academic rigour, more transparency, and less cost. It is extremely gratifying to see that these principles have proven to be attractive to our clients.”



ERI Sci Beta launches new pricing scheme for flagship indices

May 31st, 2016 | By
ERI Scientific Beta launches long/short factor index

Smart beta index provider ERI Scientific Beta has announced a fresh approach to index pricing that may disrupt the traditional model of fixed fees on assets under management. Investors will be able to request a pure performance fee structure that levies charges only if the index has actually outperformed its cap-weighted benchmark. The fee structure is available on the Scientific Beta Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy indices. Noël Amenc, CEO of ERI Scientific Beta, said: “Our rationale for this mandate offer is that smart beta providers’ claims on the quality and robustness of their strategies should materialise in their live performance. ERI Scientific Beta’s initiative is intended to provide consistency between the smart beta provider’s revenues and the quality of its offering.”



Global X smart beta ETFs outperform benchmarks after one-year

May 23rd, 2016 | By
Desjardins launches international multifactor controlled volatility ETF

All four smart beta exchange-traded funds from New York-based ETF provider Global X Funds have surpassed their market cap-weighted benchmarks one year after their initial launches. The ETFs which provide core multi-factor (value, size, momentum and volatility) equity exposure to the US, Europe, Japan, and Asia ex-Japan through tracking EDHEC-Risk Institute’s Scientific Beta Indices, all outperformed their benchmarks on both return and risk metrics. Jay Jacobs, Director of Research at Global X, commented: “We fully believe that multi-factor funds are the latest evolution in smart beta investing. The rigorous research put into these strategies, combined with the low fees and increased tax efficiency associated with ETFs, represents an attractive alternative to expensive actively managed mutual funds.”



EDHEC’s Scientific Beta refutes smart beta “monkey” claims

Mar 29th, 2016 | By
Smart Beta ETFs effective at capturing risk premiums, finds Scientific Beta

Smart beta strategies are effective at isolating and capturing risk premia, according to Scientific Beta, a commercial venture of EDHEC Risk Institute. The firm’s latest research paper, “Smart Beta is not Monkey Business”, confirms that investors are able to use smart beta investment products, such as certain exchange-traded funds, to achieve specific factor exposures. The paper refuted claims that all smart beta strategies gain exposure to the size factor and that any out-performance is solely attributable to this exposure, and that similar results may be obtained by a random, so-called “monkey” weighting strategy.



Smart beta ETF use on the rise, finds EDHEC

Mar 17th, 2016 | By
ETF satisfaction at very high levels, according to EDHEC-Risk Institute

The portion of investors putting their money into smart beta exchange traded funds has risen from 49% to 68% since 2014, according to the findings of EDHEC’s European ETF Survey 2015, which is conducted as part of the Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “ETF and Passive Investment Strategies”. The report investigates the current use of ETFs by 180 institutional European investors. Valérie Baudson, CEO of Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta, said: The EDHEC Survey findings… incite us to keep on enriching our offering.”