‘ Europe ’

Stoxx launches LDI indices in partnership with RiskFirst

Apr 19th, 2018 | By
Stoxx launches investable indices for defined benefit pension plans

Zurich-based index provider Stoxx is to launch the iStoxx RiskFirst LDI Index family, providing a range of benchmarks for liability-driven investment (LDI) portfolios. Stoxx, which is a leading provider of indices to the ETF industry, has partnered with UK-based RiskFirst to develop the family.



JP Morgan makes ETF debut on SIX Swiss Exchange

Apr 18th, 2018 | By
Bryon Lake, international head of ETFs, JP Morgan Asset Management.

JP Morgan Asset Management has made its ETF debut in Switzerland with the cross-listings of four products on SIX Swiss Exchange. Bryon Lake, head of international ETFs at JP Morgan commented, “In developing our ETF business, we are seeking to make JP Morgan Asset Management’s acknowledged, long-established expertise available in the ETF domain.”



First Trust launches Europe’s first blockchain ETF

Apr 13th, 2018 | By
Derek Fulton CEO at First Trust Global Portfolios

First Trust Global Portfolios has launched Europe’s first blockchain ETF, the First Trust Indxx Innovative Transaction and Process UCITS ETFs (BLOK LN), on the London Stock Exchange. Derek Fulton, CEO at First Trust Global Portfolios, said: “We are pleased to bring to market this innovative UCITS ETF – BLOK. With an increasing number of institutions harnessing blockchain technology and applications spanning a wide range of industries, we believe the efficiency, auditability and transparency provided by blockchain offers the potential for significant growth opportunities.”



DWS cuts fees on euro cash and US Treasury ETFs

Apr 12th, 2018 | By
Blanca Koenig, fixed income strategist at Deutsche Wealth Solutions.

DWS has reduced the fees charged on five of its Xtrackers-branded ETFs. The funds include four US Treasury ETFs and a euro cash deposit rate tracker.

“We are making our US Treasuries and EUR cash offering even more attractive for our clients at a time when, particularly with increased volatility, investors are trading more fixed income exposures using ETFs,” said Blanca Koenig, fixed income strategist at DWS.



BlackRock launches distributing share class for Euro Stoxx 50 ex-financials ETF

Apr 12th, 2018 | By
iShares launches ETF on LSE and Xetra

BlackRock has launched a distributing share class for the iShares Euro Stoxx 50 ex-Financials UCITS ETF on Deutsche Börse and London Stock Exchange. The fund tracks the Euro Stoxx 50 ex-Financials Index, which is created by stripping financials out of the widely followed Euro Stoxx 50 Index.



VanEck cross-lists two high-yield bond ETFs on Xetra

Apr 6th, 2018 | By
VanEck cross-lists two high-yield bond ETFs

VanEck has cross-listed two high-yield fixed income ETFs onto Xetra: the VanEck Vectors Emerging Markets High Yield Bond UCITS ETF (HY3M GY) and the VanEck Vectors Global Fallen Angel High Yield Bond UCITS ETF (GFEA GY). The funds debuted on the London Stock Exchange last month.



Strategic beta strategy closes the gap between investment grade and high-yield ETFs

Apr 6th, 2018 | By
Amanda Rebello, head of passive distribution, UK and Ireland, at Deutsche Asset Management.

By Amanda Rebello, head of passive distribution, UK and Ireland, at Deutsche Asset Management.

Despite the wide choice of indices of sufficient market size available to bond investors, many are faced with a dilemma. Investment grade corporate bond indices combine superb liquidity with the security of a respectable credit rating, while high-yield corporates offer significantly higher returns, albeit with noticeably higher risk. So what are the alternatives?



WisdomTree: Implications of a return to king dollar policy

Apr 5th, 2018 | By
Christopher Gannatti, associate director of research, WisdomTree.

By Christopher Gannatti, associate director of research, WisdomTree.

One of the most important macro stories of the last 15-months has been the dramatic decline in the US dollar. This has helped spur international equity indexes that package foreign currency returns on top of the equity investments.



Euronext completes the acquisition of the Irish Stock Exchange

Mar 28th, 2018 | By
Stéphane Boujnah, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board of Euronext

Euronext has completed its takeover of the Irish Stock Exchange, having acquired 100% of the shares and voting rights and receiving regulatory approval. Stéphane Boujnah, CEO and chairman of Euronext, said: “Euronext is uniquely positioned to welcome independent exchanges such as the Irish Stock Exchange, now Euronext Dublin.”



Stoxx introduces new custom index brand: Omnient

Mar 27th, 2018 | By
Stoxx launches investable indices for defined benefit pension plans

Zurich-based Stoxx has launched a new index brand, called Omnient, to offer custom indices based on its existing universe. Matteo Andreetto, CEO of Stoxx, commented, “Omnient addresses a clear need for solutions of low-to-medium complexity, differentiated from our premium brands.”