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Bond ETFs on track to reach $1.5 trillion by 2022, says BlackRock

Oct 23rd, 2017 | By
EMEA-listed ETFs gather $8bn in October, reports BlackRock

Assets invested in bond ETFs are on track to double to $1.5 trillion globally by 2022 if current growth rates persist, according to BlackRock. The asset manager behind the iShares range of ETFs notes that the global bond ETF industry has seen a significant uptick in net inflows during 2017, gathering $126.4bn as at the end of September – already surpassing 2016’s full-year flows of $115.6bn.



VanEck launches two new ETFs in London

Oct 20th, 2017 | By
VanEck launches two new ETFs in London

VanEck has launched two new ETFs on the London Stock Exchange, the VanEck Vectors Preferred US Equity UCITS ETF (LON: PRF) and the VanEck Vectors Natural Resources UCITS ETF (LON: HAP), offering access to US preferred stocks and global equities of firms involved in commodity production, respectively.



Actively managed ETF AUM up 45% YTD

Oct 20th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta Equity ETF/ETP assets reach new record reports ETFGI

Assets invested in actively managed ETFs listed globally have increased 44.9% in the first nine months of the year to reach a new record of $63.6 billion at the end of September, according to ETF industry consultancy ETFGI.



Global smart beta ETF assets reach record high

Oct 20th, 2017 | By
Smart beta ETF assets reach record high

Assets invested in smart beta equity ETFs listed globally have increased 21.9% in the first nine months of the year to reach a new record high of $644 billion at the end of September, according to London-based ETF industry consultant ETFGI.



Research house Bernstein unveils debut ETFs

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Bernstein launches two ETFs based on in-house research

Sell-side research and brokerage firm Bernstein has waded into the ETF market with the launch of a pair of equity ETFs tracking global or US stocks selected based on the firm’s own proprietary research. Robert van Brugge, chairman and CEO of Bernstein said, “With these ETFs, investors can assess our insights directly at a competitive price and in a convenient format.”



Robo-advisor Moneyfarm introduces charges for all wealth brackets

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Robo-advisor Moneyfarm introduces charges for all wealth brackets

Automated wealth management company Moneyfarm has announced it is to introduce charges to all investors, abandoning its previous scheme where portfolios below £10,000 or above £1 million in invested assets were exempt from fees. The firm said it has initiated the new pricing structure to bring the firm in line with other robo-advisers.



Virtus launches actively managed global multi-factor ETF

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
William J. Smalley, executive managing director and head of product strategy and management, Virtus ETF Solutions.

Virtus ETF Solutions has launched a new global multi-factor ETF – the Virtus WMC Global Factor Opportunities ETF (NYSE Arca: VGFO), sub-advised by Wellington Management. William J. Smalley, head of product strategy and management, Virtus ETF Solutions, said: “The dynamic, multi-factor approach combines the benefits of smart beta and active risk management, representing the next generation of factor investing.”



S&P DJI: Diwali gold buying may be the safest since 1996

Oct 18th, 2017 | By
S&P DJI: Diwali gold buying may be the safest since 1996

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

In light of the gold buying tradition for the upcoming Diwali festival in India, many might be wondering how valuable their gifts may be based on the price of gold. Several factors influence the price of gold that make timing gold as an investment difficult; however, now there might be upside potential for gold, especially since its volatility is so low.



BlackRock adds global equity ETF to iShares ESG suite

Oct 17th, 2017 | By
Manuela Sperandeo, head of specialist sales, EMEA at BlackRock

BlackRock has expanded its range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) ETFs with the launch of the iShares MSCI World SRI UCITS ETF (SUSW) on the London Stock Exchange. Manuela Sperandeo, head of specialist sales, EMEA at BlackRock, commented, “This ETF is the latest addition to a range that allows investors to express their active investment decisions on a broad range of markets and geographies, quickly and cost-effectively.”



SSGA enters fee war with ultra-low-cost SPDR Portfolio ETFs

Oct 17th, 2017 | By
SSGA enters fee war with ultra-low-cost SPDR Portfolio ETFs

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has unveiled the SPDR Portfolio ETFs, a suite of “ultra-low-cost” ETFs that aims to assist investors in the construction of a core portfolio strategy. Comprising 15 existing funds with reduced expense ratios, the SPDR Portfolio ETFs provide access to a range of asset classes including fixed income, and US, emerging market and international equity. Commenting on the move, Todd Rosenbluth, director of ETF & mutual fund research with CFRA, said SSGA has “aggressively crashed the low-fee ETF party consisting of iShares, Vanguard and Schwab.”