‘ ETF Industry News ’

Nasdaq and Taiwan Stock Exchange sign memorandum of understanding

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
Nasdaq hosts 13 new ETF listings in Q2 2017

Nasdaq and Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote mutual development and foster cooperation between the two companies. The memorandum paves the way for both sides to work closely together in expanding their ETF markets and facilitating the cross-listing of ETFs on both the Nasdaq and TWSE.



European ETF industry set for record growth despite reduced August flows

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
ETF assets reach new record high in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan)

Europe-listed ETFs are on track to set a new record for asset under management growth in a calendar year, according to the August edition of Lyxor’s monthly ETF barometer report. As of the end of August 2017, year-to-date (YTD) net inflows in the region amount to €64 billion, significantly above the prior YTD record of €51bn recorded in 2015, despite August bringing the lowest flows into equity ETFs since September 2016.



China Post cross-lists Japan quality ETF to SIX

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Amundi ETF offers access to Japan’s Topix with inbuilt euro/yen hedge

China Post has cross-listed its Market Access iSTOXX MUTB Japan Quality 150 Index UCITS ETF (MAJQ) to SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX). The smart beta equity fund will now be available to trade in yen on SIX, in addition to the existing listing in euros on Deutsche Börse (Ticker: M9SQ).



KraneShares introduces China ‘One Belt One Road’ ETF

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Jonathan Krane, CEO of KraneShares

KraneShares has launched the KraneShares MSCI One Belt One Road ETF (NYSE Arca: OBOR) which invests in strategic companies from countries participating in China’s One Belt One Road initiative, an infrastructure-focused long-term modernization of the original Silk Road trading routes. Jonathan Krane, CEO at KraneShares, commented: “The OBOR initiative will receive trillions of dollars of investment over the next decade and should increase the economies and trade of both China and the participating nations.”



Franklin Templeton makes ETF debut in Europe

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Patrick O’Connor, global head of ETFs at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Franklin Templeton has made its exchange-traded funds debut in Europe with the launch of four smart beta ETFs on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse’s Xetra. Branded as Franklin LibertyShares and linked to custom proprietary indices, the launch includes a pair of multi-factor ETFs, one of which is SRI focused, and a pair of quality dividend ETFs. Patrick O’Connor, head of global ETFs at Franklin Templeton, said: “Our first European offerings aim to help investors achieve specific investment outcomes such as strong risk-adjusted returns, lower volatility and downside protection.”



BullMark Latin America ETF to close

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
SSGA to close seven UCITS ETFs

Shares of the BullMark LatAm Select Leaders ETF (BMLA) are to be delisted from the NASDAQ due to the fund’s non-compliance with the minimum shareholder requirement. The ETF is issued by Horizons ETF Trust and tracks an index provided by BullMark Financial Group, an asset manager and advisory firm based in Brazil.



Lyxor cross-lists two ETFs in Italy

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Lyxor rolls out three fixed income ETFs on Borsa Italiana

Lyxor has cross-listed two ETFs onto Borsa Italiana, the Lyxor EUR 2-10Y Inflation Expectations UCITS ETF (INFL) and the Lyxor EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF (MSE). INFL offers investors exposure to inflation expectations while MSE gives exposure to eurozone large-cap equities.



VanEck: Real yields rule – emerging markets local bonds lead the way

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management at VanEck.

By Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management.

Looking for attractive yields? Look no further than emerging markets local currency bonds. These bonds provide significantly higher yields than those offered by developed markets bonds, both in nominal terms and in real terms. While higher yields often mean greater credit risk, local inflation levels can be a greater contributor to the nominal yields of emerging markets bonds.



Sun Life Global to acquire Excel Funds

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
First Asset launches actively managed Canadian REIT and dividend ETFs

Canadian financial services firm Sun Life Global has agreed to buy Toronto-based asset manager Excel Funds Management in a move which will add ETFs to Sun Life’s roster of funds for the first time.



Franklin Templeton adopts Euroclear’s international ETF structure for European ETFs

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
Franklin Templeton partners with Euroclear to debut ETFs in Europe

Franklin Templeton has adopted Euroclear’s international security structure for its European line-up of ETFs. Launched in 2013, Euroclear’s international structure for ETFs aims to bring increased efficiency to a process that had previously only been supported by fragmented domestic market practices across Europe.