‘ Smart Beta ’

Smart beta adoption grows but challenges remain, finds FTSE Russell

May 21st, 2018 | By
Rolf Agather, managing director of North America research, FTSE Russell

According to the fifth annual FTSE Russell smart beta survey, 48% of asset owners globally have an existing allocation to smart beta strategies, the highest proportion since the survey began. Rolf Agather, managing director of North America research, FTSE Russell, said, “With five years of results for our global smart beta survey, we are able to offer unique insight across the industry on how the preferences and needs of our global clients are changing.” The index provider notes that educational shortfalls remain, despite the strong growth in adoption.

Lyxor launches multi-factor long/short equity ETF

May 21st, 2018 | By
Lyxor launches multi-factor long/short equity ETF

Lyxor has launched the Lyxor Scientific Beta Developed Long/Short UCITS ETF, providing exposure to an equity market neutral index that is composed of a long position in a number of portfolios designed to maximise exposure to different factors and a short position in a broad market capitalization-weighted index.

Versatility drives greater ETF use among European institutions

May 18th, 2018 | By
ETFs gaining popularity with Asian institutional investors, finds Greenwich Associates

ETFs deliver the versatility that European institutional investors want in the current fast-changing global market environment, according to a recent study by Greenwich Associates. “After multiple years of regular use, European institutions have found ETFs to be simple, versatile and cost-effective tools, and they are ramping up their investments at a rapid clip,” says Greenwich Associates managing director, Andrew McCollum.

Four ETF trends show cautious optimism for 2018

May 17th, 2018 | By
Four ETF trends show cautious optimism for 2018

By Martin Small, head of US iShares at BlackRock.

Recent flows suggest that investors are priming for a rougher but hopeful future. Here’s where the money went and why.

HSBC active ETFs cross-listed onto Xetra

May 17th, 2018 | By
Amundi, one of Europe’s leading providers of exchange-traded funds, has a launched a new ETF designed to offer broad access to European equities but without exposure to financial companies. Listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris, the Amundi ETF MSCI Europe Ex Financials (EUXF) tracks the MSCI Europe Ex Financials Index, an index which specifically excludes banks, insurers, real estate and diversified financial companies.

HSBC Global Asset Management has cross-listed two of its actively managed ETFs – the HSBC Multi-Factor Worldwide Equity UCITS ETF (H41J GR) and HSBC Economic Scale Worldwide Equity UCITS ETF (H41I GR) – onto Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.

ETFs provide versatility in a newly volatile market, finds Greenwich Associates

May 4th, 2018 | By
ETFs provide versatility in a newly volatile market, finds Greenwich Associates

US institutional investors are stepping up their use of ETFs to meet a wide range of strategic and tactical goals, according to the results of a survey by Greenwich Associates.

Research Affiliates launches RAFI ESG strategy

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Vitali Kalesnik, PhD, Partner and Head of Equity Research at RA

Smart beta specialists Research Affiliates has launched a new index suite combining its trademark RAFI methodology with metrics for environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) screening. “We wanted to deliver a transparent, broadly diversified, and customizable ESG strategy without sacrificing returns,” said Vitali Kalesnik, partner and head of equity research at Research Affiliates.

JP Morgan partners with BlackRock on ESG bond indices

Apr 18th, 2018 | By
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JP Morgan has unveiled three fixed income indices targeting the emerging markets universe, integrating environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors within their construction methodology. The launches mark the beginning of a wider venture, conceived in partnership with BlackRock, to introduce a suite of global bond indices revolving around sustainability.

BlackRock adds US small-caps to iShares ESG ETF suite

Apr 11th, 2018 | By
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BlackRock has expanded its range of socially responsible ETFs with the launch of the iShares MSCI USA Small-Cap ESG Optimized ETF (ESML US) on Cboe Global Markets. The fund provides exposure to US small-cap stocks which have been screened for strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) characteristics.

Deutsche expands quality dividend offering with global ETF

Apr 10th, 2018 | By
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Deutsche Asset Management has launched the Xtrackers Morningstar Global Quality Dividend UCITS ETF (XMGD GR) on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges. The fund is the second ETF from Deutsche to track a Morningstar index that provides exposure to dividend-paying stocks from companies screened for robust financial health.