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Gold demand down amid dampened ETF flows, reports World Gold Council

Nov 13th, 2017 | By
Gold demand down 9% as gold ETF flows slow, reports World Gold Council

Global gold demand was 915 tonnes during Q3 2017, a fall of 9% compared to the same quarter last year, due in part to gold ETF inflows being substantially lower than in 2016. These were the findings of the World Gold Council’s (WGC) Gold Demand Trends for Q3 2017.



S&P DJI announces S&P GSCI composition for 2018

Nov 13th, 2017 | By
S&P Dow Jones Indices announces S&P GSCI composition for 2018

S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced the composition and weights of the S&P GSCI Index for 2018. The S&P GSCI is a world production-weighted commodity index tracked by two US-listed ETFs. In 2018, the index will be composed of 24 exchange-traded futures contracts on physical commodities across five sectors – energy, industrial metals, precious metals, agricultural and livestock.



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.”



MSCI reports all factor indices positive for third consecutive month

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports all factor indices positive for third consecutive month

MSCI, one of the leading providers of equity indices to the ETF industry, reports that all of its factor-based indices generated a positive return in October with the best-performing factor for the month being momentum (4.4%) and the worst, high dividend yield (0.8%).



Oil price rally leads to profit taking, reports ETF Securities

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
ETF Securities expands Brent crude ETC range as geopolitical tensions rise

Weekly flows analysis from ETF Securities shows that oil ETFs saw outflows of $73 million on the back of profit taking during the week commencing 30 October. Oil has risen steadily in price since the summer and the outflows come as Brent crude closed at a two-year high of $64.27 on 6 November.



Tradeweb reports strong net buying of ETFs during October

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
Tradeweb reports strong net buying of ETFs during October

Tradeweb has reported that all ETF asset classes saw net buying in October, according to its most recent monthly trading report. October proved to be another strong month for the platform as total traded volume surpassed €13.7 billion, beating September by more than half a billion euros.



Lyxor launches Europe’s first gender equality ETF

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Lyxor Gender Equality etf

Lyxor has launched the Lyxor Gender Equality ETF (ELLE FP), Europe’s first ETF to focus on companies leading the field in gender equality. Commenting on the launch, Clarisse Djabbari, deputy head of Lyxor ETFs & indexing, said: “This ETF marks an important step in our progress towards a complete range of environmental, social and governance based investment products.” The ETF is linked to the Equileap Global Gender Equality Index, an index of 150 high-ranking stocks based on gender equality.



Exponential rise in indices spells “death of benchmarking”, argues Bernstein

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
There are (way) more indices in the world than stocks

The number of indices available to investors has risen exponentially in the past few years, from less than 1000 in 2012 to well over a million today, a period that has also witnessed a sharp increase in assets invested in products that track indices, including ETFs. A recent report from Bernstein argues that this rapid expansion does not represent a triumph of indices but rather the “last hurrah” or “death of benchmarking” altogether.



Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Toronto-based Equium Capital has unveiled an ETF share class for its global tactical allocation fund, which was launched in March 2017. The ETF shares will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the name Equium Global Tactical Allocation Fund (ETAC).



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.