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Four additional First Trust ETFs approved for Mexican pensions

Oct 17th, 2017 | By
Four additional First Trust ETFs approved for sale in Mexican pension plans

An additional four new First Trust ETFs have been approved by the Mexican pension funds investment regulator, La Comisión Nacional del Sistema de Ahorro para el Retiro (CONSAR), for sale to Mexican pension funds. The latest round of approvals brings the total number of First Trust ETFs now available for sale to Mexican pension funds to eleven.

TD Ameritrade unveils largest commission-free ETF program

Oct 17th, 2017 | By
TD Ameritrade unveils largest commission-free ETF program

Nebraska-based brokerage firm TD Ameritrade has announced a major increase in the scope of its commission-free ETF trading platform, tripling the number of ETFs available from 100 to 296. The expansion means TD Ameritrade now offers the largest commission-free ETF trading program in the industry.

First Trust’s US IPO ETF proves a persistent outperformer

Oct 11th, 2017 | By
Josef Schuster - IPOX

Blockbuster performance from a number of new listings in the US market has translated into impressive returns for the First Trust US IPO Index UCITS ETF (FPX LN, FPXU FP), a London- and Paris-listed ETF providing exposure to US IPO and spin-off stocks. Holdings such as Kite Pharma, Chemours and PayPal have helped the ETF outperform the S&P 500 by 4.6% so far this year. But this is no flash-in-the-pan performance. The ETF’s underlying index created by IPO authority Joseph Schuster has delivered an annualised excess return of more than 4% p.a. over the past 10 years versus the S&P 500.

Indxx launches thematic climate change index

Sep 28th, 2017 | By
Indxx launches thematic climate change index

Indxx has launched a thematic index – the Indxx Climate Change Index – tracking global companies from developed markets that provide products or services to mitigate and remediate the effects of climate change. The New York-based indexing boutique hopes that the index, which has been designed with ETF product development in mind, will enable investors to take a more climate-friendly perspective as well as gain exposure to the megatrend of climate change.

Thematic investing with ETFs: Cybersecurity

Sep 25th, 2017 | By
Thematic investing with ETFs: Cybersecurity

As more and more of our existence becomes digitised, cybersecurity is becoming ever more important. From our work lives, to our cars, to our homes, everything is increasingly controlled by code which, in conjunction with increased connectivity, means that cybersecurity will be of paramount importance to all of us in the years to come. For investors looking to exploit this theme, there are dedicated cybersecurity ETFs offering targeted exposure.

First Trust planning changes to US dividend ETF

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
Amundi to launch S&P 500 buyback ETF

First Trust Portfolios Canada is planning to change the name and underlying index of the First Trust AlphaDEX US Dividend ETF (CAD-Hedged) (TSX: FUD), a fund which gives investors exposure to US large-cap equities that pay higher-than-average dividends.

First Trust launches institutional preferred securities ETF

Aug 24th, 2017 | By
First Trust launches institutional preferred securities ETF

First Trust has unveiled the First Trust Institutional Preferred Securities and Income ETF (NYSE Arca: FPEI), an actively managed fund investing in preferred securities issued mainly to institutional-level investors.

First Trust gathers largest actively managed ETF/ETP flows during July

Aug 23rd, 2017 | By
First Trust gathers largest actively managed ETF/ETP flows during July

First Trust gathered the largest net inflows into actively managed ETFs/ETPs during July with $504 million net new assets created, representing over a quarter of the $1.9 billion net inflows gathered globally over this period. According to research from ETF industry consultant ETFGI, other firms attracting significant net inflows during the month included Lyxor with $271m and Source with $153m.

First Trust switches ETF to Dorsey Wright momentum strategy

Aug 18th, 2017 | By
iShares’ global momentum ETF seeing large inflows

First Trust has announced changes to the First Trust CBOE S&P 500 VIX Tail Hedge Fund (VIXH), transitioning the ETF to a new strategy that will harness investment advisory firm Dorsey, Wright & Associates’ research into relative strength analysis to rotate among large-cap equities and Treasuries. To reflect the changes, the fund will be rebranded the First Trust Dorsey Wright People’s Portfolio ETF (Nasdaq: DWPP).

First Trust becomes largest provider of actively managed ETFs in US

Aug 16th, 2017 | By
Ryan Issakainen, senior vice president, exchange-traded fund strategist at First Trust Advisors.

First Trust has become the largest provider of US-listed actively managed ETFs, based on AUM and number of funds offered –
according to data from Morningstar, as of the end of July, First Trust had $9.9bn invested across 29 US-listed actively managed ETFs. Ryan Issakainen, ETF strategist at First Trust, said: “First Trust has been highly selective in developing a diversified line-up of actively managed ETFs, focusing on categories where we believe active management offers competitive advantages over passive benchmark indices.”