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MSCI launches factor ESG index series

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
MSCI launches factor ESG index series

MSCI has announced the launch of a new range of indices, the MSCI Factor ESG Target Index Series, designed to provide exposure to target factors while integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) stock selection filters. Diana Tidd, head of index at MSCI, commented: “MSCI is seen as a thought leader in ESG and factor investing, and this new suite of indexes helps our clients integrate ESG while still focusing on the benefits of Factor Investing.”



Lyxor launches SG Japan quality income ETF

Sep 28th, 2017 | By
Lyxor launches Japan quality income ETF

Lyxor has expanded its popular suite of quality income ETFs with the launch of the Lyxor SG Japan Quality Income UCITS ETF. Being rolled out on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, the multi-factor smart beta ETF offers investors exposure to high-quality Japanese stocks (excluding financials) that also pay high dividends. The ETF tracks the SG Japan Quality Income Index which uses a three-step smart beta process designed by Andrew Lapthorne, Global Quantitative Research Strategist at Societe Generale.



Daiwa to roll out three ESG-focused ETFs on Tokyo Stock Exchange

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Daiwa to roll out three ESG-focused ETFs on Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo-based Daiwa Asset Management is planning to launch three new ETFs in Japan – the Daiwa MSCI Japan ESG ETF, Daiwa Japan Empowering Women ETF, and Daiwa FTSE Blossom Japan ETF. Each fund will provide exposure to locally listed equities while utilizing an environmental, social and governance (ESG) stock screening process. They are due to begin trading on Tuesday 26 September 2017.



China Post cross-lists Japan quality ETF to SIX

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Amundi ETF offers access to Japan’s Topix with inbuilt euro/yen hedge

China Post has cross-listed its Market Access iSTOXX MUTB Japan Quality 150 Index UCITS ETF (MAJQ) to SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX). The smart beta equity fund will now be available to trade in yen on SIX, in addition to the existing listing in euros on Deutsche Börse (Ticker: M9SQ).



North Korea tensions ripple through ETF markets

Sep 4th, 2017 | By
North Korea US Trump ETFs

Escalating tensions relating to North Korea’s increasingly prominent nuclear ambitions have caused ETFs tracking risk assets in the Asia Pacific region to fall on Monday 4 September. The market slump followed an earthquake in North Korea on the previous day, later confirmed as being triggered by a successful nuclear weapons test.



BNP Paribas’ ex-controversial weapons ETFs enjoying large inflows

Sep 4th, 2017 | By
BNP Paribas launches 3 new smart beta ETFs

BNP Paribas Easy has reported that its European, Japan and emerging market ‘ex-Controversial Weapons’ ETFs have seen strong inflows this year, attracting €259m, €349m and $304m of net inflows respectively year-to-date. Isabelle Bourcier, head of ETF & Index solutions within BNP Paribas Easy, commented: “BNP Paribas Easy ex-Controversial Weapons range offers a unique answer, straightforward to explain, as it reflects the most common sense criteria for investing in a responsible manner including at the retail level.”



WisdomTree says Japan’s economy has entered sweet spot

Aug 24th, 2017 | By
Jesper Koll, WisdomTree's head of Japan.

By Jesper Koll, WisdomTree’s head of Japan.

The April-June GDP report suggests that the Japanese economy has entered into a sweet spot, with growth accelerating and broadening into all components of domestic demand. While the 4% annualised GDP growth rate marks peak slingshot acceleration, the details of the report fully verify our thesis that Japan has entered a self-sustaining domestic demand-led up-cycle.



Japan-listed ETFs/ETPs record $4bn net inflows during July

Aug 23rd, 2017 | By
Japan-listed ETFs/ETPs record $4bn net inflows during July

ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan have gathered $4.3 billion in net inflows during July, bringing total assets invested in Japan-listed ETFs/ETPs to a new record high of $225bn, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI.



WisdomTree cross-lists three UCITS ETFs into Mexico

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree cross-lists three UCITS ETFs into Mexico

WisdomTree has cross-listed three UCITS-compliant ETFs into Mexico. The new listings, which include two broad equity funds and one broad commodity fund, bring the total number of WisdomTree ETFs listed on Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV) to 42, made up of 32 US-listed ETFs and ten UCITS ETFs.



Nikko buys minority stake in ETF boutique ARK Investment Management

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Catherine D. Wood, CEO, Ark Investment Management

Nikko Asset Management has bought a 15% minority stake in ARK Investment Management, a New York-based boutique provider of thematic ETFs targeting disruptive technologies. As part of the deal, Nikko AM will obtain exclusivity to offer ARK products and investment strategies in Japan and Asia Pacific. Catherine D. Wood, CEO and CIO of ARK, commented: “An entirely new market of investor will benefit now from Nikko AM’s ability to deliver disruptive innovation, which is transforming both industries and the global economy, through ARK’s investment strategies.”