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SSGA introduces currency-hedging for global aggregate bond ETF

Feb 21st, 2018 | By
SSGA rolls out currency-hedging for Bloomberg Barclays global aggregate bond ETF

State Street Global Advisors has introduced three currency-hedged share classes for the recently launched European-listed SPDR Barclays Global Aggregate UCITS ETF. The new share classes offer currency hedging relative to US dollars, pounds sterling, or euros.



MSCI: How easy is it to track a bond market index?

Feb 21st, 2018 | By
Andy Sparks, head of fixed income research strategies, MSCI

By Andy Sparks, head of fixed income research strategies, MSCI.

Many investors may have only a qualitative understanding of the ability of passive fund managers to track the returns of a fixed-income index. Our analysis uses tracking error to provide a quantitative measure of the ease – or difficulty – of consistently tracking an index. We find generally low to moderate tracking error across broad parts of the bond market. Our analysis also suggests that less liquid and higher volatility sectors (such as high yield) tend to have higher tracking error.



Invesco cross-lists three PowerShares fixed income ETFs on SIX

Feb 20th, 2018 | By
Invesco cross-lists three Powershares fixed income ETFs on SIX

Invesco has cross-listed three PowerShares fixed income ETFs onto SIX Swiss Exchange, each tracking Bloomberg Barclays indices. The ETFs offers exposure to US dollar-denominated corporate bonds, euro-denominated corporate bonds, and dollar-denominated emerging market sovereign bonds.



Direxion introduces lightly leveraged “Portfolio+” ETF suite

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Direxion introduces lightly leveraged “Portfolio+” ETF suite

US-based leveraged and inverse ETF specialist Direxion has debuted a new range of ETFs, under a new brand called “Portfolio+ ETFs”. The ETFs provide lightly leveraged exposure to their underlying indices. Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director at Direxion, said, “Over time, a small amount of added exposure can make a significant difference. At the right price point, just a 25% boost allows advisors who already manage a diversified strategy to seek out additional risk-adjusted returns in a manageable way. “



Canadian ETF industry see highest asset growth in almost two years

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Canada Toronto ETFs

Assets invested in ETFs listed in Canada grew by $4.9 billion in January 2018 to reach a record high of $122bn at the end of the month, according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI. The surge in assets represents the greatest absolute monthly increase for the Canadian ETF industry in almost two years.



Vanguard unveils suite of actively managed factor ETFs in US

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley.

Vanguard has launched six new factor-based ETFs — the firm’s first actively managed ETFs in the US — on Cboe ETF Marketplace. The suite consists of five single factor funds, targeting exposure to the minimum volatility, value, momentum, liquidity, and quality factors, and a multi-factor approach, each within the US equities universe. Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley, commented, “The newly launched factor funds represent a differentiated approach – disciplined, rules-based, targeted exposure to factors – along with Vanguard’s low costs.”



UBS launches accumulating share class for MSCI World SRI ETF

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
UBS launches accumulating share class for MSCI World SRI ETF

UBS Global Asset Management has introduced an accumulating share class for its UBS MSCI World Socially Responsible UCITS ETF on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges.



Severe weather causing a storm in agricultural ETPs

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Severe weather causing a storm in agricultural ETPs

London-based commodity ETP specialist ETF Securities has reported that weekly inflows into its agricultural ETPs reached their largest levels ever last week, totalling $54.7 million. The firm notes that the majority of agricultural commodities are trading higher in 2018 owing to severe weather conditions affecting forecasts of supply.



Amundi cross-lists equity ETFs on SIX

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
Amundi cross-lists four ETFs on the SIX

Amundi has cross-listed two equity ETFs onto SIX Swiss Exchange, further expanding its Swiss offering. One of the funds to be cross-listed tracks the EURO STOXX 50 and has been made available in three separate share classes. The other tracks the CAC 40.



Trends shaping the future of asset management

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
Peter Hopkins, chief operating officer of Style Research.

By Peter Hopkins, chief operating officer of Style Research.

As the industry works to cope with new regulation, wades through an outpouring of new products, learns to satisfy investors’ shifting priorities and manages the active-passive debate, the viability of business units will be questioned, and at times radical measures will be taken. It’s still early days for these trends shaping the future of asset management, but their impacts will be felt far and wide.