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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.”



iShares’ global momentum ETF seeing large inflows

Oct 13th, 2017 | By
iShares’ global momentum ETF seeing large inflows

BlackRock’s European-listed iShares Edge MSCI World Momentum Factor UCITS ETF has recorded significant inflows recently, gaining net new assets of over $500 million between 22 August and 12 October 2017.



KraneShares launches China Environment ETF

Oct 13th, 2017 | By
KraneShares launches China Environment ETF

KraneShares has launched the KraneShares MSCI China Environment ETF (NYSE Arca: KGRN). The ETF provides exposure to companies in China’s fast-growing environmental protection industry that has rapidly grown to be the largest renewable energy market in the world.



MSCI reports all factor indices positive for second consecutive month

Oct 4th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports all factor indices positive for second 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 September with the best-performing factor for the month being momentum (2.6%) and the worst, minimum volatility USD (0.1%).



Poland promoted to developed economy by FTSE Russell

Oct 3rd, 2017 | By
Poland promoted to developed economy by FTSE Russell

Index provider FTSE Russell has announced the results of its annual review of country classifications. The standout change is the reclassification of Poland from emerging market to developed economy, becoming the first country from Eastern Europe to attain the status. The implementation of Poland’s revised market status will commence from September 2018 and will affect ETFs such as the €1.3 billion Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe UCITS ETF (LON: VEUR).



Nuveen launches new ESG bond ETF

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
Nuveen launches new ESG bond ETF

Nuveen has expanded its line of environmental, social and governance (ESG) ETFs with the launch of the NuShares ESG US Aggregate Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: NUBD). The fund is the first ETF to offer broad exposure to the US investment grade fixed income market while adhering to certain ESG constraints.



Deutsche Asset Management’s US ETF line-up rebranded as Xtrackers

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
Deutsche’s US ETFs renamed Xtrackers

Deutsche Asset Management has announced that it is renaming its range of US-listed ETFs to Xtrackers to harmonise the fund names with the recent changes to European and Asian ETFs and ETCs. Fiona Bassett, head of passive asset management, Americas, Deutsche Asset Management, commented: “As an asset manager with deep roots in Europe, it was important for our global businesses to align to better capitalize on our truly global reach.



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.”



FTSE Russell makes China (A-Shares) and Saudi Arabia wait

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell disagrees with MSCI on China A-Shares inclusion

FTSE Russell has declined to follow fellow index provider MSCI by deciding not to include China A-Shares in the emerging markets classification of the FTSE Global Equity Index Series. The London-headquartered index provider said China A-Shares would remain on the watch list for possible future inclusion. Saudi Arabia has also been made wait, though FTSE Russell said the country was close to upgrade and will be assessed again in March 2018.



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.