‘ Emerging and Frontier ’

Low volatility ETFs – a good investment?

May 24th, 2017 | By
Hartford Funds expands multifactor suite with two low volatility ETFs

Low volatility strategies have gained significant traction in Europe, fuelled by investors looking to reduce risk in volatile markets. In a new research paper, which analyses the growing popularity of such strategies, Morningstar estimates that they have racked up €27 billion of net flows since 2012, with total assets under management reaching €40bn as of year-end 2016. A decent chunk of these assets are held in ETFs, with iShares’ European-domiciled minimum volatility suite, for example, housing some €4 billion in AUM alone. But are they good investments?

What next for China ETFs after Moody’s downgrade?

May 24th, 2017 | By
CESC launches Mainland China private enterprise ‘elite’ index

On 24 May, Moody’s downgraded China’s long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings to A1 from Aa3 and changed the outlook from stable to negative. This comes on the back of efforts by Chinese authorities to reduce a build-up of debt, after becoming concerned about financial sector stability and asset price bubbles. With short-term uncertainty around China on the rise, what can ETF investors expect in the years ahead?

VanEck Vectors lists four ETFs on Borsa Italiana

May 23rd, 2017 | By
First Trust lists US equity income ETF on Borsa Italiana

ETF provider VanEck Vectors has expanded its presence in Europe with the cross listing of four ETFs on the Borsa Italiana. Philipp Schlegel, international business development at VanEck, said: “Within recent years, Borsa Italiana has recorded a significant rise in average daily ETF trades on the Italian stock exchange. By listing our ETFs on Borsa Italiana, we are responding to investor demand for access to local trading.”

Vanguard launches online investment service for UK investors

May 17th, 2017 | By

Vanguard has launched a new investment service for retail investors in the UK that provides direct access to the firm’s ETF range as well as Vanguard’s other funds for an administration fee of just 0.15% per annum. Sean Hagerty, head of Vanguard’s European business, commented: “We aim to deliver investors the highest value investment products and services available with an unwavering commitment to lowering the cost of investing in the UK.”

Pakistan set to join MSCI Emerging Markets ETFs

May 17th, 2017 | By
Pakistan MSCI

Index provider MSCI has re-confirmed the upgrade of Pakistan from frontier market to emerging markets status following the firm’s latest market reclassification review. The move will see Pakistan rejoin the bellwether MSCI Emerging Markets Index, tracked by several large ETFs in Europe including the giant iShares Core EM IMI UCITS ETF (LON: EIMI).

WisdomTree: Five reasons Indian equities could spice up your portfolio

May 17th, 2017 | By
India Spice ETFs

By Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree Europe.

India is at an interesting crossroad where leadership is pro-actively taking tough reforms for long-term growth. Two pillars of the Indian economy, that is consumption and demographics, have encouraging projected growth numbers.

International equity ETFs in favour during April, finds BlackRock

May 11th, 2017 | By
BlackRock introduces accumulating share classes for seven fixed income ETFs

Flows into non-US equity ETFs were robust during April, reaching $15.2bn for the month, driven by favourable outlooks for broad Europe and emerging market exposures, according to BlackRock’s latest ETP landscape report.

Oil ETPs continue to see inflows despite price falls, reports ETF Securities

May 9th, 2017 | By
Oil ETPs continue to see inflows despite price falls, reports ETF Securities

ETF Securities has reported that their crude oil exchange-traded products saw their third consecutive week of inflows even as oil prices dropped 6.3%, according to the firm’s weekly flows analysis. Crude oil ETPs received $40 million in the week beginning 1 May to add to the $213m inflows seen so far in 2017.

WisdomTree cross-lists seven UCITS ETFs in Mexico

May 4th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree cross-lists seven UCITS ETFs in Mexico

WisdomTree has cross-listed seven of its WisdomTree UCITS ETFs on the Mexican Stock Exchange, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores. The ETFs offer Mexican institutional investors exposure to European, Japanese, and German broad market equities as well as high income exposure to the US and emerging markets.

China A-Shares offer benefits to global investors, finds Vanguard

May 3rd, 2017 | By
Peter Westaway, Vanguard chief economist, Europe.

Investors can benefit from including China A-Shares as part of a globally diversified portfolio, regardless of China’s short- to medium-term performance, according to new research undertaken by ETF provider Vanguard.