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Global YTD ETP flows poised to surpass 2016 total

Aug 9th, 2017 | By
Investors have nearly doubled ETF allocations in 5 years, finds Charles Schwab

Global ETP flows totalled $39.6 billion in July, bringing year-to-date (YTD) flows to $371.5bn, just shy of the $378.7bn recorded for all of last year, according to BlackRock’s latest ETP Landscape report. Equity ETPs led net inflows for the month with $25.8bn, reaching a new full-year high with $257.8bn YTD.

BlackRock reports near-record flows into bond ETFs during Q2 2017

Aug 8th, 2017 | By
US-listed ETFs gather $300bn net inflows YTD

The global bond ETF industry attracted $43.3 billion of net inflows in Q2 2017, just short of the industry record of $44.5bn set in Q1 2017, according to BlackRock’s Q2 Global ETF industry report. Stephen Cohen, head of fixed income beta at BlackRock, writes that the firm’s own ETF arm – iShares – captured $21.0bn (or 48.5%) of these net new assets with flows “driven by investor appetite for investment grade credit, emerging market debt and government bond funds.”

Deutsche rolls out GBP-hedged share class for MSCI World ETF

Aug 8th, 2017 | By
British Pounds Sterling

Deutsche Asset Management has launched a new share class for its db x-trackers MSCI World Index UCITS ETF, listed on the London Stock Exchange. The new share class (Ticker: XDWG) allows investors to gain access to the performance of the MSCI World Index, a widely followed benchmark for global equities performance, while hedging currency risk relative to the British pound.

Invesco targets ETF issuer Guggenheim for acquisition

Aug 3rd, 2017 | By
Turner Investments to acquire ETF issuer Elkhorn Capital

Invesco, the asset manager behind the PowerShares range of ETFs, is rumoured to be in discussions to acquire part of the investment management business of Guggenheim Investments, including the firm’s ETF issuing arm. The deal, if completed, would mark the second major ETF-related acquisition for Invesco this year following the announcement in April that it would be taking control of Europe-based asset manager Source.

BlackRock: Three ways ETFs have revolutionized the bond market

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
Matthew Tucker iShares BlackRock

By Matthew Tucker, head of iShares Americas fixed income strategy at BlackRock.

Fifteen years ago this week the first bond ETFs debuted, changing the way investors can access fixed income markets. At first, only four iShares bond ETFs were available, with just a small amount of assets and access limited to Treasuries and US investment grade credit. Today there are over 300 bond ETFs in the US with more than $500 billion in AUM, offering entry into almost every sector of the bond market. What brought about this exceptional growth?

Assets tracking Scientific Beta indices top $16bn

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
Scientific Beta introduces quality-based multi-factor indices

ERI Scientific Beta, the smart beta index provider offshoot of EDHEC Risk Institute, has announced that assets tracking its indices reached $16.5bn at the end of 30 June 2017, representing an increase of 60% over the past year. A number of ETFs track Scientific Beta indices; the largest of these is the Amundi Global Equity Multi Smart Allocation Scientific Beta UCITS ETF (Euronext: SMRT) which has approximately €500 million in AUM.

S&P DJI reports energy sector posted best July since 2004

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
Crude Oil WTI Brent

By Jodie Gunzberg, head of commodities indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The S&P GSCI Energy Total Return Index gained 8.1% in July, the most for a July in 13 years, led by petroleum that was up 9.2%. Finally the fundamentals may be showing the oil market is starting to rebalance with the rest of the commodities.

First Trust launches first active FX ETF in Europe

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
Currency Trading

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.

Assets in smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs reach new record

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
Assets in smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs reach new record

Assets invested in smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs have reached a new record high of $592 billion at the end of June 2017, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI. Smart beta equity ETF/ETP assets have increased by nearly 15% from $515bn during the first half of 2017.

ProShares to close 13 ETFs

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
Direxion to close 12 inverse & leveraged sector ETFs

ProShares, a US-based provider specializing in inverse and leveraged ETFs, has announced it is closing 13 funds in its line-up.