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Stretched equity valuations triggering gold ETF inflows

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Stretched equity valuations triggering gold inflows, says ETF Securities

Stretched equity valuations have prompted the fourth consecutive week of inflows into gold ETFs, according to the latest ETF Securities’ fund flows report – a weekly analysis of capital flows across the firm’s entire ETF range.



O’Shares to close two currency-hedged quality dividend ETFs

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Connor O'Brien, CEO of O'Shares

Boston-based ETF issuer O’Shares Investments has announced the closing of two ETFs which provide currency-hedged exposure to high quality dividend-paying equities listed in Europe and Asia Pacific. Connor O’Brien, CEO of O’Shares, commented: “The decision has been made to close the funds so we can direct resources to developing new O’Shares ETFs to meet investors’ demand for different strategies.”



WisdomTree comments on how currency fluctuations impact ETF returns

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree comments on how currency fluctuations impact ETF returns

By Wisdomtree’s economic research team.

Investors looking to invest in ETFs may notice there are different currencies associated with the instrument. These currencies can have a significant impact on the return of the product, and therefore it’s important to understand how they work and why they fluctuate. This article seeks to offer some clarity to investors and traders around how currencies in ETFs work.



Reality Shares and Nasdaq launch Blockchain Tech Index

Nov 15th, 2017 | By
Reality Shares and Nasdaq launch Blockchain Tech Index

Reality Shares and Nasdaq have launched the Reality Shares Nasdaq Blockchain Economy Index, a smart beta index tracking the development of leading global companies creating and implementing blockchain solutions. An ETF that will track the index is already in the works, with Reality Shares submitting initial regulatory papers on 2 November 2017.



Virtus launches emerging markets multi-factor ETF

Nov 13th, 2017 | By
William J. Smalley, executive managing director and head of product strategy and management, Virtus ETF Solutions.

Virtus ETF solutions has launched the Virtus Glovista Emerging Markets ETF (EMEM US) on the NYSE Arca. The fund uses a quantitative multi-factor strategy to provide exposure to ‘favoured’ emerging markets. William Smalley, executive managing director of Virtus, commented: “This new ETF offers investors exposure to the surge in global economic growth, leveraging the specialized knowledge and quantitative skills of Glovista Investments in a passive, tax-efficient vehicle.”



VanEck’s MVIS launches cryptocurrency indices

Nov 6th, 2017 | By
Reality Shares and Nasdaq launch Blockchain Tech Index

MV Index Solutions (MVIS), the indexing division of ETF provider VanEck, has unveiled a series of indices designed to track the performance of the fragmented global cryptocurrency markets. With VanEck having already filed regulatory papers to bring products holding Bitcoin instruments to market, the indices shine a light on the potential strategies which may underpin a future VanEck-branded ETF.



ETF commentators respond to BoE’s ‘dovish’ rate hike

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
BOE announces dovish rate hike

The Bank of England (BoE) has announced a widely expected increase in the base rate from 0.25% to 0.50%, the first rise in over a decade, after the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 in favour of the hike. Market commentators from across the ETF industry share their interpretations of the rate rise.



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?



Investors flock to gold amid geopolitical tensions, reports ETF Securities

Aug 17th, 2017 | By
Gold-backed ETF holdings gain 22.4 tonnes in September

London-based ETF Securities has reported that its gold ETPs attracted $63.2 million of net new assets in the week ending Friday 11 August 2017. The strong asset gathering, reportedly in response to demand for portfolio protection amid rising geopolitical tensions, marked the third consecutive week of positive net inflows for the yellow metal.



First Trust launches first active FX ETF in Europe

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
KBW reports on share price impact of ETF flows

London-based ETF issuer First Trust Global Portfolios has launched the First Trust FactorFX UCITS ETF (LON: FTFX), Europe’s first actively managed exchange-traded fund investing in foreign exchange markets. The ETF will primarily seek to earn alpha through the implementation of multiple carry trades, a strategy which seeks to capitalise on the interest rate differential between various currencies.