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The impact of currency hedging your ETF

May 2nd, 2018 | By
The impact of currency hedging your ETF

To hedge, or not to hedge, that is the question faced by portfolio managers with global investment mandates. While institutional investors may have the luxury of delegating this question to a dedicated fx overlay manager, for others it has the potential to cause sleepless nights. One thing is for sure, the performance differences between being hedged or unhedged can be stark, as demonstrated by the returns of Euro Stoxx 50 equity ETFs over the past month.

BlackRock introduces euro-hedging for two HY corporate bond ETFs

Apr 13th, 2018 | By
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BlackRock has introduced two new currency-hedged share classes for two of its high yield corporate bond ETFs listed on Deutsche Börse. The funds offer exposure to US dollar-denominated corporate bonds and global fallen angel bonds, while the new share classes mitigate exchange rate risk relative to the euro.

ETFs for Japan’s ongoing turnaround

Apr 5th, 2018 | By
Japan equity indices slide on BoJ policies and Brexit fears

The Japanese market has come a long way since the so-called ‘lost decade,’ a period of severe economic stagnation for the country, following the Nikkei 225 index’s plunge from its all-time high of 38,957 in the winter of 1989. Investors seeking to benefit from the country’s ongoing turnaround have a multitude of interesting ETFs to choose from.

WisdomTree: Implications of a return to king dollar policy

Apr 5th, 2018 | By
Christopher Gannatti, associate director of research, WisdomTree.

By Christopher Gannatti, associate director of research, WisdomTree.

One of the most important macro stories of the last 15-months has been the dramatic decline in the US dollar. This has helped spur international equity indexes that package foreign currency returns on top of the equity investments.

UBS introduces GBP-hedged share classes on two commodity ETFs

Mar 7th, 2018 | By
UBS introduces GBP-hedging on Bloomberg commodity ETFs

UBS has extended its currency-hedged product suite with the introduction of pound sterling-hedged share classes on a pair of commodity ETFs. They are the UBS CMCI ex-Agriculture SF UCITS (hedged to GBP) ETF (CCXAG SW) and the UBS Bloomberg Commodity CMCI SF UCITS (hedged to GBP) ETF (BCCMG SW).

SSGA introduces currency-hedging for global aggregate bond ETF

Feb 21st, 2018 | By
The impact of currency hedging your ETF

State Street Global Advisors has introduced three currency-hedged share classes for the recently launched European-listed SPDR Barclays Global Aggregate UCITS ETF. The new share classes offer currency hedging relative to US dollars, pounds sterling, or euros.

Amundi cross-lists equity ETFs on SIX

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
Amundi cross-lists four ETFs on the SIX

Amundi has cross-listed two equity ETFs onto SIX Swiss Exchange, further expanding its Swiss offering. One of the funds to be cross-listed tracks the EURO STOXX 50 and has been made available in three separate share classes. The other tracks the CAC 40.

Bitcoin no substitute for gold, says World Gold Council

Jan 25th, 2018 | By

“Bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies more generally, are not a substitute for gold”, concludes the World Gold Council in its latest investment update. While the assertion might not come as a huge surprise, the organisation makes some valid points.

Fidelity introduces GBP-hedged share classes for smart beta income ETFs

Jan 16th, 2018 | By
UBS introduces GBP-hedging on Bloomberg commodity ETFs

Fidelity International has introduced currency-hedged share classes for three of its London-listed smart beta income ETFs. Investors will now have the option of currency hedging with pound sterling on the Fidelity Europe Quality Income UCITS ETF (FEQP LN), Fidelity US Quality Income UCITS ETF (FUSP LN), and Fidelity Global Quality Income UCITS ETF (FGQP LN).

Solactive launches bitcoin futures index

Dec 22nd, 2017 | By
Steffen Scheuble, CEO of Solactive

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has unveiled the Solactive Bitcoin Front Month Rolling Futures 5D Index, tracking the performance of bitcoin futures listed on Cboe Global Markets. Steffen Scheuble, CEO of Solactive AG, commented: “This is unprecedented in the history of capital markets and clearly opens the door to new bitcoin-based investment products.”