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Morgan Stanley’s global smart beta ETF sees large inflows

Nov 29th, 2017 | By
Morgan Stanley’s global smart beta ETF sees large inflows

The MS Scientific Beta Global Equity Factors UCITS ETF (GEF LN) has recorded significant inflows, gaining approximately $270 million in net new assets in Q3 2017.

ERI Scientific Beta launches long/short factor index

Oct 13th, 2017 | By
JP Morgan launches five single factor ETFs on NYSE Arca

ERI Scientific Beta has launched a long/short equity market neutral index that takes a long position in a number of portfolios designed to maximise exposure to different factors while shorting the broad cap-weighted market. The succinctly-named Scientific Beta Developed Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy Managed Volatility L/S Equity Market Neutral Index (x3.5) includes large- and mid-cap equities from global developed markets.

Assets tracking Scientific Beta indices top $16bn

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
Quality best performing factor in 2017, reports FTSE and OpenheimerFunds

ERI Scientific Beta, the smart beta index provider offshoot of EDHEC Risk Institute, has announced that assets tracking its indices reached $16.5bn at the end of 30 June 2017, representing an increase of 60% over the past year. A number of ETFs track Scientific Beta indices; the largest of these is the Amundi Global Equity Multi Smart Allocation Scientific Beta UCITS ETF (Euronext: SMRT) which has approximately €500 million in AUM.

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.

ERI Scientific Beta unveils low carbon smart beta indices

Feb 23rd, 2016 | By
S&P DJI debuts carbon metrics for equity indices

Scientific Beta, a smart beta index provider and a commercial venture of EDHEC Risk Institute, has announced the launch of the Scientific Beta Low Carbon Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy Indexes. Developed in collaboration with the South Pole Group, a sustainability consultant, the indices seek to reduce the carbon footprint of equity investments by as much as 80% while simultaneously being able to create more than 50% additional value in the medium term. Maximilian Horster, Director Financial Industry at South Pole Group, commented: “We are delighted to share our expertise with ERI Scientific Beta to produce low-carbon versions of their highly respected multi-smart factor indices. The combination of low-carbon emissions and state-of-the-art smart factor indices is a compelling opportunity for investors globally.”

Amundi unveils second Scientific Beta smart beta ETF

Jan 28th, 2016 | By
ETF satisfaction at very high levels, according to EDHEC-Risk Institute

Amundi ETF, a Paris-headquartered provider of exchange-traded funds, has unveiled plans to launch a second multi-strategy smart beta ETF, providing exposure to European large- and mid-cap equities. Linked to the Scientific Beta Extended Developed Europe Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy ERC Strategy Index, the new ETF draws upon multiple factor exposures and alternative weighting schemes in a bid to provide superior performance compared to conventional market cap-weighted offerings. Valerie Baudson, CEO at Amundi ETF, Indexing and Smart Beta, said: “This innovative multi smart beta ETF strengthens our smart beta equity range following the success of Amundi’s Global Equity Multi Smart Allocation Scientific Beta UCITS ETF, launched in 2014.”

Scientific Beta introduces quality-based multi-factor indices

Dec 1st, 2015 | By
Quality best performing factor in 2017, reports FTSE and OpenheimerFunds

ERI Scientific Beta, the smart beta indexing initiative spun out off EDHEC-Risk Institute, has announced the release of a new suite of multi-factor smart beta indices based around fundamental measures of quality, namely high profitability and low investment. The combination of these factors has culminated in the firm’s Quality Multi-Beta Indices, a rules-based investable index which could form the basis of an exchange-traded fund. According to Scientific Beta, the high profitability and low investment risk factors have been identified in academic literature as a source of higher returns in the long-term when compared to market cap-weighted benchmarks.

Multi-factor smart beta ETFs perform well amid volatile conditions

Sep 4th, 2015 | By
MSCI reports fear of extreme events rising higher

For many, the investment holy grail is a strategy that will outperform across all stages of the market cycle. Multi-factor smart beta strategies are one of the more recent attempts to achieve this. The solid recent performance of the Scientific Beta Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy Index, which underlies exchange-traded funds from Amundi and Morgan Stanley, appears to suggest that multi-factor strategies can indeed deliver in some of the most testing environments as well in more benign periods.

Scientific Beta develops framework for assessing smart beta strategies

Jul 16th, 2015 | By
Desjardins launches international multifactor controlled volatility ETF

One of the toughest challenges facing smart beta investors today is in determining how these strategies will perform over changing market environments. A new research paper from Scientific Beta offers investors guidance on what to look for when assessing ETFs and indices based on these strategies. According to Scientific Beta, their publication “highlights the importance of a limited choice of factors with simple definitions to avoid the temptations of factor mining or factor fishing, which are among the main causes of the lack of relative out-of-sample robustness of smart beta strategies that are based on factor exposures. It also underlines the importance of allocating between smart factors that have decorrelated excess returns with respect to cap-weighted indices in order to favour the absolute robustness of the smart beta strategies implemented.”

Morgan Stanley introduces smart beta ETF on LSE

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
Morgan Stanley settles charges related to misselling of inverse ETFs

Morgan Stanley has introduced its debut exchange-traded fund, the MS Scientific Beta Global Equity Factors UCITS ETF (GEF). The ETF, which was unveiled on the London Stock Exchange earlier this month, provides exposure to the Scientific Beta Developed Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy Equal Weight Index and is the first ETF to be launched between Morgan Stanley and smart beta index provider ERI Scientific Beta. Rolled out under the investment bank’s FundLogic platform, the fund aims to meet the growing demand from institutional investors to access smart beta indices and factor indices through liquid and transparent products.