‘ Emerging and Frontier ’

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.



Thomson Reuters updates ESG ratings and indices

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
ESG Environmental Social Governance

Thomson Reuters, in partnership with boutique index provider S-Network Global Indexes, has announced changes to the methodology underlying its corporate responsibility ratings and index suite. The range also been rebranded the Thomson Reuters/S-Network ESG Best Practices Ratings & Indices to better reflect the change.



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.



Eastern Europe ETFs showing strong 1-year returns

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Eastern Europe ETFs among best performing emerging markets

ETFs tracking Eastern Europe equities have delivered strong returns over the past year following robust economic growth in the countries within this bloc. The iShares MSCI Eastern Europe Capped UCITS ETF (LON: IDEE) is up 20.9% over the past year.



First Trust to launch actively managed currency ETF on LSE

Jul 17th, 2017 | By
First Trust to launch actively managed currency ETF on London Stock Exchange

London-based ETF issuer First Trust Global Portfolios is to launch the First Trust FactorFX UCITS ETF (LON: FTFX), an actively managed exchange-traded fund investing in foreign exchange markets. The ETF will primarily seek to earn alpha through the implementation of various carry trades, a strategy which seeks to capitalise on the interest rate differential between various currencies.



Fixed income ETPs lead global flows in June

Jul 17th, 2017 | By
Fixed income ETPs lead global flows in June, finds BlackRock

Fixed income exchange-traded products drew in $17.6 billion in net inflows during June, marking the best month of flows for the asset class this year, according to the most recent BlackRock ETP Landscape Report.



OppenheimerFunds launches three new revenue-weighted ETFs

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
OppenheimerFunds launches three new revenue-weighted ETFs

OppenheimerFunds has launched three new revenue-weighted ETFs on Bats Exchange, the Oppenheimer Emerging Markets Revenue ETF (REEM), Oppenheimer Global Revenue ETF (RGLB), and Oppenheimer International Revenue ETF (REFA), providing exposure to the emerging, global and international market segments respectively.



CICC to acquire majority stake in KraneShares

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
Mingjian Bi, acting chairman and CEO of CICC.

China International Capital Corporation (CICC) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 50.1% majority stake in Krane Funds Advisors (KraneShares), a US asset management firm best known for its China focused ETFs. Mingjian Bi, acting chairman and CEO of CICC, said: “We are excited to have this opportunity to significantly grow KraneShares and the CICC business in the United States and globally.”



Deutsche adds three ETFs to Schwab’s commission-free platform

Jul 10th, 2017 | By
Deutsche adds three ETFs to Schwab’s commission-free platform

Deutsche Asset Management has announced it is offering three new ETFs on Schwab ETF OneSource, the program that provides investors and advisors with access to commission-free ETFs. The funds provide exposure to US high yield corporate bonds, as well as emerging market and Japanese equities. Fiona Bassett, head of passive asset management in the Americas for Deutsche AM, said: “Investors now have greater access to a broader selection of our unique strategies through the Deutsche X-trackers ETFs, including high yield, comprehensive factor and equity.”



BNP Paribas launches eleven ETFs on Borsa Italiana

Jul 9th, 2017 | By
BNP Paribas launches eleven ETFs on Borsa Italiana

BNP Paribas has rolled out eleven new ETFs on Borsa Italiana, offering exposure to six broad market portfolios with an environmental, social and governance (ESG) overlay, as well as five single factor equity portfolios.