VanEck has launched the VanEck Vectors JP Morgan EM Local Currency Bond UCITS ETF (EMLC) on the London Stock Exchange, offering exposure to bonds issued in local currencies by emerging market governments. Uwe Eberle, head of international business development and distribution at VanEck, commented: “Local emerging markets economies have hstorically had higher yields than developed markets and potential for currency appreciation. Additionally, local currency bonds tend to have a lower correlation to the US dollar and thus provide a great way to diversify a portfolio.”
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The VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSE: GDXJ) has become too big for its index, resulting in issuer VanEck and index provider MVIS Indices having to expand the coverage of the ETF’s underlying index to avoid breaching regulatory thresholds.
Toroso Investments and white label ETF platform Exchange Traded Concepts, have launched the ETF Industry Exposure & Financial Services ETF (NYSE: TETF), providing access to companies driving growth in the ETF industry. Mike Venuto, CIO of Toroso Investments, commented: “[The ETF] is aimed toward capturing not only the established leaders in each area, but also those firms that might be new to the space but are bringing exciting approaches that could resonate with investors and drive further growth of the industry itself.”
BNP Paribas has launched two new exchange-traded commodities on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges, each providing exposure to the performance of Brent crude oil futures contracts. The ETCs offer a means of gaining relatively low-cost and convenient tactical exposure to crude oil, allowing investors to express their views on the market.
Two new smart beta equity ETFs from iShares, the iShares Edge MSCI World Minimum Volatility UCITS ETF and the iShares Edge MSCI World Multifactor UCITS ETF, have been made available on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges. Both ETFs minimise the exchange rate risk between the US dollar and the euro by adopting a monthly currency hedge.
UBS Asset Management has reduced the total expense ratio (TER) on the UBS ETF Barclays TIPS 1-10 UCITS ETF (LON: UBTS) with the new pricing effective from 1 April 2017. The fund offers investors inflation risk mitigation by tracking US Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS).
VictoryShares, the exchange-traded fund brand of US-based asset manager Victory Capital, has launched a new ETF providing exposure to US large-cap equities that are forecast to have growing dividends.
By Shigemasa Katayama, Head of Fixed Income, Japan at Nikko Asset Management.
Manulife Investments and Dimensional Fund Advisors have launched a suite of proprietary multi-factor ETFs on Toronto Stock Exchange, targeting Canadian, US, and international equity exposures.
First Trust Advisors has partnered with Baltimore-based equity investment manager EquityCompass to launch two actively managed ETFs seeking capital appreciation by primarily reducing volatility and avoiding large, prolonged market losses.