‘ Equities ’

SPY passes $250 billion AUM milestone

Oct 23rd, 2017 | By
SPY passes $250 billion AUM milestone

State Street Global Advisors‘ SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE Arca: SPY), the first ETF to launch in the US, has hit more than $250 billion in assets under management. While the milestone is clearly impressive, the giant ETF is actually losing ground to lower-cost alternatives from rival issuers iShares and Vanguard.



WisdomTree: Abe’s landslide means Japanese equities deserve higher PE

Oct 23rd, 2017 | By
WisdomTree: Abe's landslide means Japanese equities deserve higher PE

By Jesper Koll, head of Japan at WisdomTree.

In the world of politics and policy making, Japan has become the envy of the world. The snap election got “Team Abe” re-elected with a strong majority and they will be controlling parliament with basically the same two-thirds super majority they had before. Stability, continuity and consistency of a strong pro-growth and pro-business agenda is poised to be rewarded with a growing “Japan Premium” in financial markets.



VanEck launches two new ETFs in London

Oct 20th, 2017 | By
VanEck launches two new ETFs in London

VanEck has launched two new ETFs on the London Stock Exchange, the VanEck Vectors Preferred US Equity UCITS ETF (LON: PRF) and the VanEck Vectors Natural Resources UCITS ETF (LON: HAP), offering access to US preferred stocks and global equities of firms involved in commodity production, respectively.



European ETFs record net inflows for 36th consecutive month

Oct 20th, 2017 | By
European-listed ETF assets on course to smash records in 2017, reports ETFGI

ETFs domiciled in Europe saw $7.4bn of inflows during September 2017, marking the 36th consecutive month of net inflows, according to analysis by ETF industry consultants ETFGI.



Global smart beta ETF assets reach record high

Oct 20th, 2017 | By
Smart beta ETF assets reach record high

Assets invested in smart beta equity ETFs listed globally have increased 21.9% in the first nine months of the year to reach a new record high of $644 billion at the end of September, according to London-based ETF industry consultant ETFGI.



Virtus launches actively managed global multi-factor ETF

Oct 20th, 2017 | By
William J. Smalley, executive managing director and head of product strategy and management, Virtus ETF Solutions.

Virtus ETF Solutions has launched a new global multi-factor ETF – the Virtus WMC Global Factor Opportunities ETF (NYSE Arca: VGFO), sub-advised by Wellington Management. William J. Smalley, head of product strategy and management, Virtus ETF Solutions, said: “The dynamic, multi-factor approach combines the benefits of smart beta and active risk management, representing the next generation of factor investing.”



Franklin Templeton adds EM multi-factor ETF to LibertyShares suite

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Franklin Templeton adds multi-factor ETF to Liberty Shares suite

Franklin Templeton has added to its line-up of Europe-listed ETFs with the launch of the Franklin Templeton LibertyQ Emerging Markets UCITS ETF, tracking the performance of large- and mid-cap emerging markets stocks selected using a multi-factor approach. Vivek Kudva, head of EMEA and India at Franklin Templeton, said, “We think this new strategy can be utilised as a strategic and long-term allocation for those investors looking for an alternative way of accessing emerging markets as part of their diversified portfolio.”



Research house Bernstein unveils debut ETFs

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Bernstein launches two ETFs based on in-house research

Sell-side research and brokerage firm Bernstein has waded into the ETF market with the launch of a pair of equity ETFs tracking global or US stocks selected based on the firm’s own proprietary research. Robert van Brugge, chairman and CEO of Bernstein said, “With these ETFs, investors can assess our insights directly at a competitive price and in a convenient format.”



Boost for Dow ETFs as index passes 23,000

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Boost for Dow ETFs as index passes 23,000

Investors in ETFs that track the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) have enjoyed a year of incredibly strong performance and were again celebrating as the index closed over 23,000 for the first time on 18 October 2017. The index, which celebrated its 120-year anniversary in 2016, has risen 30.4% in the 12 months to 18 October compared to the 21.9% returned by the S&P 500 Index over the same time period.



Principal launches two US single factor ETFs

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Principal launches two US single factor ETFs

Iowa-headquartered Principal Financial has rolled out two new single factor ETFs, expanding the firm’s smart beta line-up of funds. The new launches target large- and mid-cap US equities with strong value and momentum characteristics.