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Commerzbank cross-lists multi-asset ETF to SIX Exchange

Aug 30th, 2017 | By
Commerzbank cross-lists multi-asset ETF to SIX Exchange

Commerzbank has cross-listed the ComStage Vermögensstrategie (asset strategy) UCITS ETF onto Switzerland’s SIX Exchange. The passively-managed multi-asset ETF offers investors a one-ticket portfolio solution by investing in a broadly diversified mix of asset classes.

SSGA to close seven UCITS ETFs

Aug 29th, 2017 | By
SSGA to close seven UCITS ETFs

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset manager behind the SPDR range of ETFs, is closing seven of its Europe-listed funds, including five equity and two fixed income ETFs. In a notice to shareholders on 25 August, the firm announced the decision to close the funds was made because “the Net Asset Value of each Fund is currently less than the minimum amount specified in the Prospectus” and SSGA does “not believe that it will increase materially in the near future and the Funds are uneconomic to operate.”

Smart beta dividend ETFs avoid Provident Financial collapse

Aug 24th, 2017 | By
Quality UK dividend ETFs avoid Provident Financial collapse

Shares of subprime lender Provident Financial, a favourite of star fund manager Neil Woodford, have dived nearly 70% following a profit warning, the resignation of its CEO and the cancellation of its dividend. While the stock is held in many well-known equity income funds, including strategies from Invesco Perpetual’s Mark Barnett plus actively managed funds from Jupiter, Rathbones, M&G and Aberdeen, it is notably absent from the BMO MSCI UK Income Leaders UCITS ETF (ZILK) and SPDR S&P UK Dividend Aristocrats UCITS ETF (UKDV) – two smart beta ETFs that deploy rules-based screens to achieve dividend sustainability.

7IM: Ten years in the life of ETFs

Aug 23rd, 2017 | By
Peter Sleep, senior investment manager, Seven Investment Management (7IM).

Peter Sleep, senior investment manager, Seven Investment Management (7IM) takes a look at key developments over the decade that he’s spent with 7IM. He reviews falling fees, the arrival of new players, through to some potential challengers for the future.

Short USD ETF flows jump as hopes of Trump bump slump

Aug 22nd, 2017 | By
Short USD ETF flows jump as hopes of Trump bump policies slump, reports ETF Securities

ETF Securities has reported a rise in flows into its short US dollar ETFs in its latest weekly flows analysis for the week starting 14 August 2017. Morgane Delledonne, fixed income strategist at ETF Securites, identified the unclear commitments of Trump’s administration around pro-growth policies as the driver behind the flows.

Invesco completes acquisition of ETF provider Source

Aug 21st, 2017 | By
Martin L. Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco

Invesco has announced it has completed its acquisition of European ETF provider Source. The transaction sees Invesco add Source’s $26 billion in assets under management to Invesco’s own existing global ETF AUM of approximately $120bn. Martin L. Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco, commented: “The addition of Source’s specialist expertise and product innovation to Invesco’s strong and diversified range of investment capabilities will further enhance our ability to meet the investment needs and outcomes our clients seek.”

Europe-listed ETFs/ETPs gather $10.2bn in net new assets during July

Aug 18th, 2017 | By
ETF assets reach new record high in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan)

Exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Europe gathered net inflows of $10.2bn in July, marking the 33rd month of consecutive inflows for the region, according to data from ETF industry consultant ETFGI.

Europe-listed ETFs gather €7.8bn in July, finds Morningstar

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Europe-listed ETFs gather €7.8bn in July, finds Morningstar

Europe-listed ETFs saw net inflows of €7.8 billion in July 2017, bringing the total for 2017 to €65bn, according to data from Morningstar. While flows into Europe-listed equity ETFs posted a solid reading of €4.9bn, fixed income ETFs saw tepid demand during the month, recording flows of just €1.6bn, the second lowest monthly flows this year.

Industry veterans launch European white-label ETF platform

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
Boost ETP co-founders announce launch of new white-label ETF platform

European ETF industry veterans Hector McNeil and Nik Bienkowksi have announced the launch of HANetf, Europe’s first independent “white label” UCITS ETF platform. The platform, which is not linked to any existing issuer, will provide third-party asset managers from around the world with the infrastructure to build and launch ETFs into Europe without having to establish their own full-service business. The pair aim to disrupt the market by lowering the barriers to entry for prospective new ETF issuers.

7IM gold exposure hits record high

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
Gold ETFs set to benefit as 'fear trade' intensifies, reports World Gold Council

Seven Investment Management (7IM) has reported that its gold exposure is currently at its highest ever level due to the firm’s “risk off” positioning as a result of perceived elevated risks in the stock market. 7IM’s gold holdings (15.4 tonnes) is now greater than a number of countries including Ireland, United Arab Emirates and the Czech Republic. The discretionary fund manager uses physically backed exchange-traded commodities (ETCs) from Source and iShares to obtain gold exposure in its range of funds and managed portfolios.