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Tradeweb reports third busiest trading quarter for its European ETF marketplace

Oct 11th, 2017 | By
Tradeweb reports third busiest trading quarter for European ETF marketplace

Tradeweb has reported that the end of September marked the third busiest quarter for its European-listed ETF marketplace since its launch in October 2012. Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb, said the performance reflects the efficiencies of ‘Request For Quote’ (RFQ) trading as the ETF industry is bracing itself for the new regulatory landscape under MiFID II.



Introducing WisdomTree’s diversified global equity model portfolio

Oct 5th, 2017 | By
Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Nizam Hamid, ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

Investors often ask how our individual Funds can form part of a diversified portfolio, or how to combine our Funds to gain diversified exposure to certain styles or regions. With this in mind we have constructed a diversified global model portfolio focusing on equities.



Poland promoted to developed economy by FTSE Russell

Oct 3rd, 2017 | By
Poland promoted to developed economy by FTSE Russell

Index provider FTSE Russell has announced the results of its annual review of country classifications. The standout change is the reclassification of Poland from emerging market to developed economy, becoming the first country from Eastern Europe to attain the status. The implementation of Poland’s revised market status will commence from September 2018 and will affect ETFs such as the €1.3 billion Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe UCITS ETF (LON: VEUR).



Robeco launches suite of multi-factor equity indices

Oct 3rd, 2017 | By
Robeco launches suite of multi-factor equity indices

Netherlands-headquartered Robeco has unveiled seven new multi-factor equity indices, building on the asset manager’s existing quant-based line-up. The indices, which target global, global developed, emerging markets, Europe, US, Asia-Pacific, and Japan, may be used as the basis for product development, including ETFs.



Lyxor announces product enhancement programme

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
Lyxor announces product enhancement programme

Arnaud Linas, global head of ETFs & indexing at Lyxor, announces a full review of Lyxor’s ETF range, including changes to fund structure, domiciliation and replication, measures to enhance liquidity, and fund liquidations.



Deutsche Asset Management’s US ETF line-up rebranded as Xtrackers

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
Deutsche unveils low-cost international equity ETF suite in US

Deutsche Asset Management has announced that it is renaming its range of US-listed ETFs to Xtrackers to harmonise the fund names with the recent changes to European and Asian ETFs and ETCs. Fiona Bassett, head of passive asset management, Americas, Deutsche Asset Management, commented: “As an asset manager with deep roots in Europe, it was important for our global businesses to align to better capitalize on our truly global reach.



MSCI launches factor ESG index series

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
MSCI launches factor ESG index series

MSCI has announced the launch of a new range of indices, the MSCI Factor ESG Target Index Series, designed to provide exposure to target factors while integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) stock selection filters. Diana Tidd, head of index at MSCI, commented: “MSCI is seen as a thought leader in ESG and factor investing, and this new suite of indexes helps our clients integrate ESG while still focusing on the benefits of Factor Investing.”



FTSE Russell makes China (A-Shares) and Saudi Arabia wait

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell disagrees with MSCI on China A-Shares inclusion

FTSE Russell has declined to follow fellow index provider MSCI by deciding not to include China A-Shares in the emerging markets classification of the FTSE Global Equity Index Series. The London-headquartered index provider said China A-Shares would remain on the watch list for possible future inclusion. Saudi Arabia has also been made wait, though FTSE Russell said the country was close to upgrade and will be assessed again in March 2018.



BNP Paribas introduces euro share class for MSCI World ex Controversial Weapons ETF

Sep 27th, 2017 | By
BNP Paribas lists euro version of ex controversial weapons ETF

BNP Paribas Asset Management has introduced a euro-denominated share class for its BNP Paribas Easy MSCI World ex Controversial Weapons UCITS ETF (EMWE), listed on the Xetra and Euronext Paris exchanges. The new listings comes on the back of strong investor demand for the issuer’s range of ex-controversial weapons ETFs.



Unpredictability in the air for Germany ETFs after election

Sep 27th, 2017 | By
German election results likely to have muted impact on ETFs

The results from Germany’s election are in and Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition remains the largest force in parliament. But with the two largest parties recording their worst result since the 1940s and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party enjoying considerable support, the political direction of Germany has an added air of unpredictability. How has all this affected markets and, in turn, what’s been the impact on ETFs linked to German equities and bonds?