‘ Emerging and Frontier ’

ETF assets reach new record high in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan)

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
ETF assets reach new record high in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan)

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) have reached a new record high of $155 billion as of the end of August 2017, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI.

European ETF flows eclipse 2016 total

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Europe-listed equity ETFs saw inflows of $1.6bn during the month, double the amount seen during August 2016.

ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe gathered $4.3bn in net new assets during August, marking 35 consecutive months of positive net inflows and a record level of $78.3bn in year-to-date (YTD) net gatherings, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI. This figure is significantly higher than the $39.9bn in net inflows recorded at this point last year, and $22.6bn more than the $55.7bn gathered during the whole of 2016.

Main launches active sector rotation ETF

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
AdvisorShares launches actively-managed long/short sector rotation strategy ETF

Main Management ETF Advisors (Main) has launched the Main Sector Rotation ETF (BATS: SECT), an actively managed ETF that utilises a fund of funds structure to invest in other sector-based equity ETFs. The launch marks Main’s debut into the ETF provider space.

European ETF industry set for record growth despite reduced August flows

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
ETF assets reach new record high in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan)

Europe-listed ETFs are on track to set a new record for asset under management growth in a calendar year, according to the August edition of Lyxor’s monthly ETF barometer report. As of the end of August 2017, year-to-date (YTD) net inflows in the region amount to €64 billion, significantly above the prior YTD record of €51bn recorded in 2015, despite August bringing the lowest flows into equity ETFs since September 2016.

KraneShares introduces China ‘One Belt One Road’ ETF

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Jonathan Krane, CEO of KraneShares

KraneShares has launched the KraneShares MSCI One Belt One Road ETF (NYSE Arca: OBOR) which invests in strategic companies from countries participating in China’s One Belt One Road initiative, an infrastructure-focused long-term modernization of the original Silk Road trading routes. Jonathan Krane, CEO at KraneShares, commented: “The OBOR initiative will receive trillions of dollars of investment over the next decade and should increase the economies and trade of both China and the participating nations.”

Franklin Templeton makes ETF debut in Europe

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Patrick O’Connor, global head of ETFs at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Franklin Templeton has made its exchange-traded funds debut in Europe with the launch of four smart beta ETFs on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse’s Xetra. Branded as Franklin LibertyShares and linked to custom proprietary indices, the launch includes a pair of multi-factor ETFs, one of which is SRI focused, and a pair of quality dividend ETFs. Patrick O’Connor, head of global ETFs at Franklin Templeton, said: “Our first European offerings aim to help investors achieve specific investment outcomes such as strong risk-adjusted returns, lower volatility and downside protection.”

BullMark Latin America ETF to close

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
SSGA to close seven UCITS ETFs

Shares of the BullMark LatAm Select Leaders ETF (BMLA) are to be delisted from the NASDAQ due to the fund’s non-compliance with the minimum shareholder requirement. The ETF is issued by Horizons ETF Trust and tracks an index provided by BullMark Financial Group, an asset manager and advisory firm based in Brazil.

VanEck: Real yields rule – emerging markets local bonds lead the way

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management at VanEck.

By Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management.

Looking for attractive yields? Look no further than emerging markets local currency bonds. These bonds provide significantly higher yields than those offered by developed markets bonds, both in nominal terms and in real terms. While higher yields often mean greater credit risk, local inflation levels can be a greater contributor to the nominal yields of emerging markets bonds.

Sun Life Global to acquire Excel Funds

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
First Asset launches actively managed Canadian REIT and dividend ETFs

Canadian financial services firm Sun Life Global has agreed to buy Toronto-based asset manager Excel Funds Management in a move which will add ETFs to Sun Life’s roster of funds for the first time.

PIMCO launches three RAFI multi-factor equity ETFs

Sep 6th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

PIMCO has launched three smart beta equity ETFs providing investors with diversified exposure to US, international, and emerging market stocks. The funds target multiple factors including value, quality, low volatility, momentum and size which research shows have historically outperformed the broader equity market over the long term.