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What’s the smart approach to Japanese equity exposure?

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Nizam Hamid, ETF Strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

After US equities, Japanese equities are the second largest country weighting in the MSCI World Index, at close to 9% as of the end of October 2017. As such, Japan is an important allocation for many investors. However, the country has unique economic and equity market attributes, and therefore it’s paramount that investors find an appropriate investment solution.



AdvisorShares Vice ETF shuns ESG

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
VICE ETF AdvisorShares

AdvisorShares has launched the actively managed AdvisorShares Vice ETF (ACT US) on Nasdaq Exchange. While funds providing ESG-focused exposure are increasingly in vogue, ACT is the first ETF to provide concentrated exposure to companies in the alcohol, cannabis and tobacco sectors.



New Frontier Advisors launches ETF-based global balanced index

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
Dr. Richard Michaud, CEO of New Frontier Advisors.

New Frontier Advisors has unveiled the New Frontier Global Balanced Index tracking the performance of a global multi-asset risk-managed portfolio. The index is a 60/40 balanced portfolio currently comprising 27 ETFs. Dr. Richard Michaud, CEO of New Frontier Advisors, said, “We believe the New Frontier Global Balanced Index represents the next step in the evolution of major financial indices.”



Hartford Funds launches active fixed income ETF

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
Hartford Funds launches active fixed income ETF

Hartford Funds has launched the firm’s fourth actively managed fixed income ETF, the Hartford Municipal Opportunities ETF (HMOP US), on NYSE Arca. Vernon Meyer, CIO of Hartford Funds, said, “Investors are very tax-aware and, as interest rates go up, advisors are seeking fixed income strategies with the potential for greater after-tax returns and income.”



ETFs will relegate mutual funds to ‘legacy products’, says HANetf’s McNeil

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
European ETF industry flourishes in 2017 with 40% AUM growth

Mutual funds will become legacy products within 15 years, with ETF assets in Europe set to treble within the next decade, according to Hector McNeil, chief executive of new white-label ETF provider HANetf.



IndexIQ launches US large-cap multi-factor ETF

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
IndexIQ launches US large cap multi-factor ETF

IndexIQ, a New York Life Investments company, has launched the IQ Chaikin US Large Cap ETF (CLRG US) on the Nasdaq Exchange. “The addition of CLRG to our product suite provides investors and advisors with a powerful tool as they contemplate their domestic equity holdings,” said Salvatore Bruno, CIO of IndexIQ.



VelocityShares introduces first 4x leveraged ETPs to US

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
VelocityShares introduces first 4x leveraged ETPs to US

VelocityShares, the inverse and leveraged ETF brand of Janus Henderson Group, has launched a suite of ten quadruple-leveraged currency ETPs on NYSE Arca. Nick Cherney, senior vice president and head of ETPs for Janus Henderson, said, “This launch further demonstrates our dedication to developing sophisticated ETPs for institutional investors.”



ARK IM launches Israel innovative technology ETF

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
Israel Technology ETFs Middle East

ARK Investment Management has launched the ARK Israel Innovative Technology ETF (IZRL US) on Cboe ETF Marketplace. The fund provides exposure to Israel-listed companies whose main business operations are causing disruptive innovation in the internet, technology, genomics, health care, biotechnology, industrials, and manufacturing sectors.



Risk – the dog that did not bite in 2017, says S&P DJI

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
Risk – the dog that did not bite in 2017, says S&P DJI

In a review of 2017, Hamish Preston, senior associate, index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices states that “risk was the dog that didn’t bite this year”.



ETF providers take active approach to stewardship: Morningstar

Dec 13th, 2017 | By
ETF providers take active approach to stewardship Morningstar

ETF providers are taking an increasingly active approach to stewardship of the companies they hold passive stakes in, according to new research from Morningstar. The report reveals that contrary to passive investing critics, the shift to index investing has not led to an abdication of shareholder oversight.