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EY: Majority of asset managers expected to offer ETFs in five years

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
EY: Majority of asset managers expected to offer ETFs in five years

Two-thirds (67%) of survey respondents believe most asset managers will have an ETF offering in the next five years, according to consultancy firm EY. Although pointing to robust growth within the industry, the report also suggests that ETF providers will face new challenges as the industry grows in size and influence. Lisa Kealy, EY EMEIA wealth & asset management ETF leader, commented: “The industry will need to innovate around investors, refine investor journeys and reduce investor costs to remain competitive.”



Income ETFs in focus as global dividends hit record highs

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Income ETFs in focus as global dividends hit record highs

The world’s largest 1,200 companies distributed a third-quarter record of $328.1 billion (£248bn) in dividends, according to research from Janus Henderson, putting a new full-year record for 2017 comfortably within reach. The dividend windfall is likely to enhance the appeal of equity income ETFs to yield-seeking investors.



Stretched equity valuations triggering gold ETF inflows

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Stretched equity valuations triggering gold inflows, says ETF Securities

Stretched equity valuations have prompted the fourth consecutive week of inflows into gold ETFs, according to the latest ETF Securities’ fund flows report – a weekly analysis of capital flows across the firm’s entire ETF range.



BlackRock highlights six portfolio ideas for global growth

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Wei Li, head of iShares EMEA investment strategy at BlackRock

Wei Li, head of iShares EMEA investment strategy at giant ETF issuer BlackRock, has commented on six potential ideas for investors’ portfolio allocations in the face of increasing global economic expansion.



US equity growth ETF switches from active to passive

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
The rise of the ETF Managed Portfolio

In a move that provides a curious imitation of trends seen in the wider asset management industry, the Innovator IBD 50 Fund (FFTY US) has switched from being actively managed to passively replicating an index. The ETF, launched in April 2015, will now track the IDB 50 Index which had previously been used as the ETF’s benchmark.



Invesco cross-lists PowerShares Preferred Shares ETF on SIX

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Invesco cross-lists PowerShares Preferred Shares ETF on SIX

Invesco has cross-listed the PowerShares Preferred Shares UCITS ETF (PRFD SW) on SIX Swiss Exchange. PRFD provides exposure to fixed rate US dollar denominated preferred securities issued in the US domestic market.



O’Shares to close two currency-hedged quality dividend ETFs

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Connor O'Brien, CEO of O'Shares

Boston-based ETF issuer O’Shares Investments has announced the closing of two ETFs which provide currency-hedged exposure to high quality dividend-paying equities listed in Europe and Asia Pacific. Connor O’Brien, CEO of O’Shares, commented: “The decision has been made to close the funds so we can direct resources to developing new O’Shares ETFs to meet investors’ demand for different strategies.”



Hang Seng launches three ‘southbound’ Hong Kong Stock Connect indices

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Hang Seng launches three Hong Kong Stock Connect indices

Hang Seng Indexes has launched three indices tracking Hong Kong- and China-based equities listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that are accessible through the southbound trading link of the Stock Connect Hong Kong (SCHK) schemes.



Sector ETFs set to be impacted by changes to GICS

Nov 21st, 2017 | By

MSCI and S&P Dow Jones Indices have announced changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) that will see the telecommunication services sector being broadened and renamed as communication services. The changes are set to affect ETFs that provide exposure to the telecoms, technology and consumer discretionary sectors, and will take effect in September 2018.



Solactive launches bricks-and-mortar retail index

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Solactive launches bricks-and-mortar retail index

Solactive has launched the Solactive-ProShares Bricks and Mortar Retail Store Index, which tracks US retail companies that rely principally on in-store sales. The recently-launched ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF (EMTY US) provides inverse exposure to the index.