‘ Europe ’

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.

BlackRock introduces currency hedged versions of floating rate bond ETF

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
BlackRock to transfer 50 iShares ETFs to Nasdaq or Bats

BlackRock has introduced GBP and EUR hedged versions of its iShares USD Floating Rate Bond UCITS ETF (LON: FLOT). The move comes at a time when the dollar is losing ground against other major currencies which may be discouraging investors from holding unhedged dollar-denominated assets.

Tradeweb reports strong buying of fixed income ETFs during August

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
Tradeweb reports strong buying of fixed income ETFs during August

Tradeweb has reported that fixed income ETFs saw net buying activity on its European-listed ETF marketplace during August with ‘buys’ outperforming ‘sells’ by six percentage points.

Strategic beta ETFs simply repackage risk, finds Morningstar

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
ETF providers take action to improve transparency and safeguards around securities lending

Strategic beta ETFs (also widely known as smart beta ETFs) may not be as distinctive as advertised – market capitalisation weighted ETFs may be able to capture some of the performance drivers of strategic beta alternatives at a lower cost, finds Morningstar.

WisdomTree: Gold may climb to $1,400/oz in near term

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
Precious metals ETFs lose their lustre

Gold ETPs could be set to benefit from a spike in the gold price, according to new market commentary from WisdomTree. Nazim Hamid, ETF strategist at WisdomTree thinks the spot gold price could climb as high as $1,400 in the near term, due to political uncertainty and increased interest from hedge funds.

PIMCO launches three RAFI multi-factor equity ETFs

Sep 6th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

PIMCO has launched three smart beta equity ETFs providing investors with diversified exposure to US, international, and emerging market stocks. The funds target multiple factors including value, quality, low volatility, momentum and size which research shows have historically outperformed the broader equity market over the long term.

BNP Paribas’ ex-controversial weapons ETFs enjoying large inflows

Sep 4th, 2017 | By
Isabelle Bourcier, head of ETF & Index solutions within BNP Paribas Easy.

BNP Paribas Easy has reported that its European, Japan and emerging market ‘ex-Controversial Weapons’ ETFs have seen strong inflows this year, attracting €259m, €349m and $304m of net inflows respectively year-to-date. Isabelle Bourcier, head of ETF & Index solutions within BNP Paribas Easy, commented: “BNP Paribas Easy ex-Controversial Weapons range offers a unique answer, straightforward to explain, as it reflects the most common sense criteria for investing in a responsible manner including at the retail level.”

Vanguard UCITS ETFs move to T+2 settlement

Sep 4th, 2017 | By
Vanguard UCITS ETFs move to T+2 settlement

Vanguard has announced that, as of 5 September 2017, it plans to shorten the settlement cycle process for its UCITS-compliant ETFs sold on the secondary market from three business days after the trade date (T+3) to two business days after the trade date (T+2).

WisdomTree: Why you can’t afford to miss European small caps

Sep 4th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree: Why you can't afford to miss European small caps

By WisdomTree’s economic research team.

After getting past a variety of elections—most notably the French presidential election—without anti-market sentiment spreading throughout Europe, we have seen a relatively large shift in equity market performance. Fundamentals within Europe were allowed to drive performance as opposed to equity markets needing to be wary of Brexit or Trump-like election surprises.

WisdomTree: How to use ETPs to manage equity risk

Aug 31st, 2017 | By
Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Nizam Hamid, ETF strategist, WisdomTree in Europe.

The European macro-economic backdrop for equities has remained positive with a renewed focus on stronger underlying growth, and limited political risk compared to the first part of 2017. However, as recent market events have shown there is every reason for investors to consider efficient tools to help manage overall portfolio risk.