‘ Leveraged and Inverse ETFs ’

Direxion launches 3x leveraged robotics, automation and AI ETF

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By
Direxion changes index for leveraged small cap ETF

Direxion has launched the Direxion Daily Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Automation Index Bull 3X Shares (UBOT US) on NYSE Arca, providing triple leveraged exposure to an equity index composed of firms operating in the robotics and automation industry. Sylvia Jablonski, managing director at Direxion, commented, “The launch of UBOT allows traders to take a bold position in companies that are at the forefront of technology.”



ETFs not to blame for market sell-off, says new Fed Chair

Feb 28th, 2018 | By
Fed Chair Jerome Powell

“ETFs were not at the heart of the market decline”, said new Fed Chair Jerome Powell during his testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. In February, markets had the worst week since January 2016, and the eighth worst since 2008. The S&P 500 Index, underlying reference of the $275bn SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY US), fell 10% between 26th January and 8th February. Powell was asked to respond to a WSJ article which suggested that the close correlation between sectors during that period of volatility was driven by the growing popularity of ETFs.



Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) ETFs see largest ever monthly increase in assets

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By
Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) receive record inflows, according to ETFGI

Assets invested in ETFs and ETPs (hereafter ETFs) listed in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) increased by $14bn (8.24%) in January – the greatest absolute monthly increase in assets on record – according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI.



Direxion introduces lightly leveraged “Portfolio+” ETF suite

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Direxion introduces lightly leveraged “Portfolio+” ETF suite

US-based leveraged and inverse ETF specialist Direxion has debuted a new range of ETFs, under a new brand called “Portfolio+ ETFs”. The ETFs provide lightly leveraged exposure to their underlying indices. Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director at Direxion, said, “Over time, a small amount of added exposure can make a significant difference. At the right price point, just a 25% boost allows advisors who already manage a diversified strategy to seek out additional risk-adjusted returns in a manageable way. “



WisdomTree: How to trade the Brent/WTI oil spread using short and leveraged ETPs

Feb 15th, 2018 | By
WisdomTree: How to trade the Brent/WTI oil spread using short and leveraged ETPs

By Nick Leung, research analyst at WisdomTree in Europe.

A widening oil spread presents trading opportunities for oil investors. In this brief, we examine how short and leveraged oil ETPs can be used to efficiently trade oil price movements.



Direxion makes changes to two leveraged ETFs

Jan 31st, 2018 | By
A name change at Direxion Trust ETF

The board of trustees of the Direxion Shares ETF Trust has approved changes to the names, tickers and investment adviser of the Direxion Daily S&P 500 Bull 1.25X Shares and the Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 1.25X Shares, effective from 15 February 2018.



Using leveraged short ETPs to hedge fixed income amid ECB QE tapering

Jan 25th, 2018 | By
Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

Leveraged short ETPs that track Bunds can serve as capital-efficient hedging tools for investors seeking to protect their European high-grade bond portfolios in rising interest rate scenarios. The usefulness of such ETPs is particularly relevant in the current environment, with the European Central Bank (ECB) recently announcing that it will begin tapering its quantitative easing (QE) programme.



The truth about ETP liquidity

Jan 15th, 2018 | By
By Jason Guthrie, director of capital markets at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Jason Guthrie, director of capital markets at WisdomTree in Europe.

Misconceptions about ETPs are common and one is around an ETP’s available liquidity. Although the ability to trade ETPs intraday is well known, many institutional investors believe ETPs aren’t tradeable in institutional size. The reality, however, couldn’t be further from this belief.



LSE enjoys flurry of new ETF listings, but on-exchange trading volumes fall flat

Jan 15th, 2018 | By
VanEck launches 'fallen angel' and high-yield EM corporate bond ETFs on LSE

Ten new ETFs and 27 ETPs were listed on London Stock Exchange in December 2017, making it exchange’s busiest month of the year for new listings. On-exchange ETF/ETP trading, however, was down for the month and broadly flat for the year.



WisdomTree: Hedging duration risk using inverse ETFs

Jan 4th, 2018 | By
Viktor Nossek , director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree in Europe.

In articulating its exit-plan from the QE programme in October, the ECB delivered a clear message:  the eurozone economic recovery is self-sustaining and no longer in need of exceptionally loose stimulus. Deflationary risks are increasingly remote. As a result, a precedent may have been set for the eurozone’s safe haven assets to come under pressure in the near future.