‘ Russell Indexes ’

FTSE 100 & 250 ETFs set for reshuffle following quarterly index review

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
FTSE 100 ETFs rally as index passes 7,500

ETFs tracking the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are set for a reshuffle following the latest quarterly review from index provider FTSE Russell. Changes to the blue-chip FTSE 100, underlying index to the £5bn iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (ISF), will see NMC Health and Berkeley Group added at the expense of Provident Financial and Royal Mail.

FTSE Russell announces changes to the Industry Classification Benchmark

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
Creation of official GICS real estate sector to change MSCI- and S&P-linked ETFs

Index provider FTSE Russell has announced changes to its Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB), a classification taxonomy used to segregate markets into industries and sectors. The adjustments include real estate becoming the eleventh ICB Industry, as well as a reshuffle of the telecommunications sector to better reflect the present state of industry evolution.

Assets in smart beta ETFs/ETPs reach record high

Aug 24th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

Assets invested in smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record of $607 billion at the end of July 2017, according to data from ETF industry consultant ETFGI. Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of the month for equity smart beta ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States at $538.6bn, in Europe at $44.8bn, in Canada at $14.8bn and in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) at $5.6bn.

Smart Beta vs Factor Returns: Cousins, not Twins

Aug 22nd, 2017 | By
Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction

By Nicolas Rabener, Founder, FactorResearch

BlackRock estimates that smart beta ETFs will reach $1 trillion in assets by 2020 and $2.4 trillion by 2025. Smart beta is based on factor investing research, which categorises stocks into groups with similar attributes. Although smart beta is based on factor investing and many investors take smart beta as proxies for factors, these are fundamentally different products. In this short research note we will compare the returns of smart beta ETFs and factors.

Harvest launches FTSE China A50 ETF in Shanghai

Aug 8th, 2017 | By
Harvest launches FTSE China A50 ETF in Shanghai

Harvest Fund Management has launched the Harvest FTSE China A50 Index ETF on Shanghai Stock Exchange, offering investors a new channel to participate in the growing blue-chip market in China. The fund is the first domestically listed ETF to track a FTSE Russell index.

Schwab files for first ETF launch in four years

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Investors want more ETFs as smart beta stirs interest

Charles Schwab has filed a regulatory request with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to list its first ETF since 2013. The fund, named the Schwab 1000 Index ETF, will track an in-house index composed of the largest 1,000 US stocks by market cap putting the fund in direct competition with ETFs that track the Russell 1000 Index.

Legg Mason launches small-cap smart beta ETF

Jul 18th, 2017 | By
Legg Mason launches international high dividend low volatility ETF

Legg Mason has launched a multi-factor ETF that gives exposure to small-cap US equities. The Legg Mason Small-Cap Quality Value ETF (Nasdaq: SQLV) tracks the Royce Small-Cap Quality Value Index, which has been developed by small-cap specialists Royce & Associates.

BlackRock launches iShares Russell 2500 ETF on Bats

Jul 10th, 2017 | By
BlackRock expands iShares corporate bond ETF suite

BlackRock has launched the iShares Russell 2500 ETF (SMMD) on Bats’ ETF MarketPlace, providing exposure to mid- and small-cap US equities. The fund may find favour with investors looking to avoid the potentially overvalued tech-heavy large-cap segment of the US equity market.

FTSE Russell launches new Japan ESG Index

Jul 3rd, 2017 | By
Daiwa to roll out three ESG-focused ETFs on Tokyo Stock Exchange

FTSE Russell has launched the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, tracking the performance of Japanese firms which have scored highly in an analysis of their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The index may be used as a benchmark for discretionary fund management or as the underlying for investment products including ETFs.

Lyxor launches two multi-factor income ETFs

Jun 30th, 2017 | By
Adam Laird, head of ETF strategy, Northern Europe, Lyxor

Lyxor has launched two new multi-factor smart beta ETFs, providing exposure to US and UK equities, that give investors exposure to the quality, low volatility and high dividend factors. Each fund has a total expense ratio of 0.19%, pricing the funds as some of the lowest cost income-based ETF strategies available in Europe. Adam Laird, head of ETF strategy, Northern Europe, Lyxor, commented: “Particularly in this environment of low yields, the lower charges on ETFs mean more of the dividend goes to the investor.”