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Celebrating 25 years of the FTSE 250

Oct 13th, 2017 | By
Celebrating 25 years of the FTSE 250

FTSE Russell is celebrating 25 years since the launch of the FTSE 250 Index on 12 October 1992. The first ETF to track the index was launched 13 years ago. Since then, strong performance and the index’s role as a proxy for the health of the UK economy has seen ETF assets linked to the mid-cap index rise to over £1.5 billion.



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).



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.



Thematic investing with ETFs: Infrastructure

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
Thematic investing using ETFs: Infrastructure

Infrastructure is an essential part of a functioning society. It encompasses the physical structures and services that connect the different parts of a society and enable its efficient functioning. In this article, we take a look at how investors can use thematic ETFs to gain exposure to infrastructure.



Daiwa launches Japan ESG ETF tracking FTSE Blossom index

Sep 26th, 2017 | By
Daiwa launches Japan ESG ETF tracking FTSE Blossom index

Daiwa Asset Management has launched the Daiwa ETF FTSE Blossom Japan Index (1654) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The ETF tracks the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, which provides exposure to Japanese equities that display strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.



FTSE Russell and SBI launch Indian government bond index series

Sep 25th, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell and State Bank of India launch Indian bond index series

FTSE Russell and the State Bank of India (SBI) have teamed up to launch the FTSE SBI Bond Index Series. The market-capitalisation weighted, total-return indices measure the performance of fixed income bonds issued in India in Indian rupees (INR) by the Indian government.



RBC launches seven new ETFs on NEO Exchange

Sep 21st, 2017 | By
RBC launches seven new ETFs

RBC Global Asset Management has launched seven ETFs on the Aequitas NEO Exchange. The new ETFs track indices provided by FTSE Russell and Citi, and feature exposure to fixed income and equities in Canada, the US and globally.



Daiwa to roll out three ESG-focused ETFs on Tokyo Stock Exchange

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Daiwa to roll out three ESG-focused ETFs on Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo-based Daiwa Asset Management is planning to launch three new ETFs in Japan – the Daiwa MSCI Japan ESG ETF, Daiwa Japan Empowering Women ETF, and Daiwa FTSE Blossom Japan ETF. Each fund will provide exposure to locally listed equities while utilizing an environmental, social and governance (ESG) stock screening process. They are due to begin trading on Tuesday 26 September 2017.



FTSE 100 & 250 ETFs set for reshuffle following quarterly index review

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
FTSE 100 ETFs rally as index passes 7,500

ETFs tracking the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are set for a reshuffle following the latest quarterly review from index provider FTSE Russell. Changes to the blue-chip FTSE 100, underlying index to the £5bn iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (ISF), will see NMC Health and Berkeley Group added at the expense of Provident Financial and Royal Mail.



FTSE Russell announces changes to the Industry Classification Benchmark

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
Creation of official GICS real estate sector to change MSCI- and S&P-linked ETFs

Index provider FTSE Russell has announced changes to its Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB), a classification taxonomy used to segregate markets into industries and sectors. The adjustments include real estate becoming the eleventh ICB Industry, as well as a reshuffle of the telecommunications sector to better reflect the present state of industry evolution.