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Nearly half of all asset owners now using smart beta: FTSE Russell survey

May 23rd, 2017 | By
Smart beta usage continues to grow reports FTSE Russell

Nearly half of all asset owners now have an allocation to smart beta, according to the latest annual smart beta survey from index provider FTSE Russell. Forty-six percent of asset owners now use smart beta, marking the highest adoption rate since the survey’s inception in 2014. This is up from 36% in 2016 and 26% in 2015, with a further 25% currently evaluating smart beta but with no allocation at present. The outlook for smart beta continues to look positive, too, with 76% of respondents planning to increase their allocation within the next 18 months.



GraniteShares aims to be ETF industry disruptor

May 22nd, 2017 | By
New ETF provider aims to be industry disruptor

A new US-based ETF provider, GraniteShares, aims to disrupt the ETF industry by offering low-cost commodity ETFs with a smarter product structure. The firm officially launched with the listing of its first two ETFs on the New York Stock Exchange.



MV Index Solutions launches global long/short equity index

May 19th, 2017 | By
Weighing Scale

MV Index Solutions has launched the MVIS All World Long/Short Equity Index which aims to capture the systematic returns (beta) of long/short equity hedge funds that invest both regionally and globally. After identifying the factors driving these hedge funds returns, the index mimics the exposure by constructing a low volatility portfolio of ETFs corresponding to the factors with the most positive momentum.



Vanguard launches online investment service for UK investors

May 17th, 2017 | By

Vanguard has launched a new investment service for retail investors in the UK that provides direct access to the firm’s ETF range as well as Vanguard’s other funds for an administration fee of just 0.15% per annum. Sean Hagerty, head of Vanguard’s European business, commented: “We aim to deliver investors the highest value investment products and services available with an unwavering commitment to lowering the cost of investing in the UK.”



Lyxor offers interest-rate protection with new floating-rate note ETF

May 17th, 2017 | By
Floating Rate Note ETFs

Lyxor, the second largest provider of fixed income ETFs in Europe, has launched the Lyxor $ Floating Rate Note UCITS ETF (LON: BUOY), offering bond investors exposure to the US dollar-denominated corporate market with protection from rising interest rates.



OPEC’s choices: double down or do nothing

May 12th, 2017 | By
Nitesh Shah, Commodity Strategist at ETF Securities

By Nitesh Shah, commodity strategist at ETF Securities.

OPEC’s current strategy is not working. Oil prices have given back nearly all their gains since the cartel agreed to cut production in November 2016. We believe the credible options for their next move, to be discussed at their May 25th meeting, will be to either to cut deeper or let the deal collapse. The latter option seems the most likely outcome.



Excel Funds set to launch actively managed ETFs in Canada

May 12th, 2017 | By
Bhim D. Asdhir, president & CEO of Excel Funds

Canada-based asset manager Excel Funds has announced that it is to launch its first actively managed exchange-traded funds, the Excel Global Balanced Asset Allocation ETF (EXGB) and the Excel Global Growth Asset Allocation ETF (EXGG). Bhim D. Asdhir, president & CEO of Excel Funds, commented: “As a pioneer in actively-managed core and specialty emerging market funds, the launch of these ETFs reaffirms our commitment to providing our investors with a diverse suite of actively managed solutions to meet their unique investment objectives.”



Principal launches actively managed global dividend ETF

May 12th, 2017 | By
Principal launches actively managed global dividend ETF

Iowa-headquartered investment manager Principal Financial has launched the Principal Active Global Dividend Income ETF (GDVD) on the Bats ETF Marketplace. GDVD is an actively managed ETF investing in common stocks and real estate investment trusts that are seen to have attractive and sustainable dividend yields.



ETFs/ETPs listed globally hit $4 trillion in assets

May 11th, 2017 | By
ETFs/ETPs listed globally hit $4 trillion in assets

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed globally reached the $4 trillion milestone during April, finishing the month at $4.002tn, according to analysis from London-based ETF industry consultant ETFGI.



Desjardins launches international multifactor controlled volatility ETF

May 11th, 2017 | By
Desjardins launches international multifactor controlled volatility ETF

Desjardins Global Asset Management has launched an ETF targeting global stocks excluding Canada and the US which have been weighted to amplify exposure to a selection of equity market risk factors – value, momentum, size and low volatility.