‘ Themes and Strategy ’

OPEC and oil prices: Looking ahead to the May meeting

May 19th, 2017 | By
Greg Sharenow, real assets portfolio manager at PIMCO.

By Greg Sharenow, real assets portfolio manager at PIMCO.

For all the attention paid to changes in US shale output, OPEC is capable of swinging oil balances more in a single month than US shale can in a year. As a result, any oil outlook must make some material assumptions about OPEC’s intentions at the upcoming meetings later this month and in November.

FTSE Russell launches float adjusted China A-shares indexes

May 19th, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell launches float adjusted China A-shares indexes

FTSE Russell has launched the FTSE China A Free Indexes, offering a free float adjusted version of the FTSE China A Indexes, a common benchmark used by international investors when referencing the performance of China’s A-shares market.

MV Index Solutions launches global long/short equity index

May 19th, 2017 | By
Weighing Scale

MV Index Solutions has launched the MVIS All World Long/Short Equity Index which aims to capture the systematic returns (beta) of long/short equity hedge funds that invest both regionally and globally. After identifying the factors driving these hedge funds returns, the index mimics the exposure by constructing a low volatility portfolio of ETFs corresponding to the factors with the most positive momentum.

BNP Paribas launches six industrial metals ETCs on Xetra

May 19th, 2017 | By
BNP Paribas launches six industrial metals ETCs

BNP Paribas has unveiled six new exchange-traded commodities on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges, tracking the performance of futures contracts in various industrial metals including aluminium, lead, copper, nickel, zinc and tin.

Pakistan set to join MSCI Emerging Markets ETFs

May 17th, 2017 | By
Pakistan MSCI

Index provider MSCI has re-confirmed the upgrade of Pakistan from frontier market to emerging markets status following the firm’s latest market reclassification review. The move will see Pakistan rejoin the bellwether MSCI Emerging Markets Index, tracked by several large ETFs in Europe including the giant iShares Core EM IMI UCITS ETF (LON: EIMI).

WisdomTree: Five reasons Indian equities could spice up your portfolio

May 17th, 2017 | By
India Spice ETFs

By Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree Europe.

India is at an interesting crossroad where leadership is pro-actively taking tough reforms for long-term growth. Two pillars of the Indian economy, that is consumption and demographics, have encouraging projected growth numbers.

WisdomTree launches enhanced yield US short-term bond ETF

May 17th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree launches enhanced US short-term bond fund

WisdomTree has launched the WisdomTree Barclays Yield Enhanced US Short-Term Aggregate Bond Fund (Bats: SHAG). The ETF seeks to enhance yield but maintain similar risk characteristics compared to the short end of the US Aggregate fixed income universe.

Lyxor offers interest-rate protection with new floating-rate note ETF

May 17th, 2017 | By
Floating Rate Note ETFs

Lyxor, the second largest provider of fixed income ETFs in Europe, has launched the Lyxor $ Floating Rate Note UCITS ETF (LON: BUOY), offering bond investors exposure to the US dollar-denominated corporate market with protection from rising interest rates.

ETF/ETP assets in Europe top $650bn in April

May 17th, 2017 | By
ETF/ETP assets in Europe top $650bn in April

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Europe reached a new record high of $658 billion at the end of April 2017 surpassing the prior record of $640bn set at the end of Q1 2017, according to analysis by ETF industry consultant ETFGI.

OPEC’s choices: double down or do nothing

May 12th, 2017 | By
Nitesh Shah, Commodity Strategist at ETF Securities

By Nitesh Shah, commodity strategist at ETF Securities.

OPEC’s current strategy is not working. Oil prices have given back nearly all their gains since the cartel agreed to cut production in November 2016. We believe the credible options for their next move, to be discussed at their May 25th meeting, will be to either to cut deeper or let the deal collapse. The latter option seems the most likely outcome.