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VanEck launches global mining ETF on LSE

Apr 24th, 2018 | By
VanEck global mining ETF

VanEck Europe has launched the VanEck Vectors Global Mining UCITS ETF (GDIG LN) on the London Stock Exchange, providing access to firms around the world which are operating in the mining industry. The new offering complements the firm’s existing portfolio of ETFs which includes funds tracking the global gold mining sector.

BNP Paribas launches two sustainability ETFs

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By
BNP Paribas launches two equity SRI ETFs

BNP Paribas has launched two new ETFs providing exposure to European and Japanese equities with strong environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) characteristics. The new funds, which select constituents based on data from MSCI ESG Research, the world’s largest provider of ESG ratings, are available to trade on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.

Direxion launches 3x leveraged robotics, automation and AI ETF

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By
Direxion changes index for leveraged small cap ETF

Direxion has launched the Direxion Daily Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Automation Index Bull 3X Shares (UBOT US) on NYSE Arca, providing triple leveraged exposure to an equity index composed of firms operating in the robotics and automation industry. Sylvia Jablonski, managing director at Direxion, commented, “The launch of UBOT allows traders to take a bold position in companies that are at the forefront of technology.”

MiFID II takes away US’ edge in ETFs

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By
MiFID II takes away US’ edge in ETFs

By Hector McNeil, co-CEO and founder of HANetf.

MiFID II, the package of comprehensive Europe-wide rules designed to strengthen protection for investors and improve transparency, was formerly enacted at the beginning of 2018, in a move which should accelerate adoption of ETFs in Europe – a market that already grew by over 40% last year.

Expat lists new single-country ETFs on Xetra

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Eastern Europe Hungary ETFs Expat Asset Management

Bulgarian investment manager Expat Asset Management has introduced six new ETFs on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges, offering investors exposure to the main stock indices of Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Hungary and Slovakia.

Hartford Funds launches Schroders tax-aware bond ETF

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Hartford Funds launches Schroders tax-aware bond ETF

Hartford Funds has launched the Hartford Schroders Tax-Aware Bond ETF (HTAB US) on NYSE Arca. Sub-advised by Schroder Investment Management North America, the actively managed ETF targets strong after-tax returns by investing in a diversified portfolio of taxable and tax-exempt bonds. Vernon Meyer, CIO, Hartford Funds, said, “Investors are seeking high quality fixed income solutions providing compelling after-tax returns at a competitive price.”

Global X launches Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Global X Robotics & AI ETF passes $450m in assets one year after launch

Global X has launched the Global X Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF (DRIV US) on Nasdaq Exchange. The fund provides exposure to companies involved in the production of electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles and the development of self-driving technology. “Electric and autonomous vehicles are poised to have one of the most profound impacts on society since the industrial revolution, affecting a wide range of sectors in ways that we’ve only just begun to imagine,” said Jay Jacobs, director of research at Global X.

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 Research Affiliates Fundamental Index (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.

Option strategies in ETFs act as a buffer during volatile markets

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Volatility ETFs Horizons Covered Call

By Horizons ETFs US.

As we move further into the remainder of the year, investors are taking a closer look at new strategies that can be used within portfolios that may help protect against potential drawdowns and possibly increase income in volatile environments. This new focus on protection and income have many looking at options and option strategies through the use of ETFs.

First Trust launches Europe’s first blockchain ETF

Apr 13th, 2018 | By
Derek Fulton CEO at First Trust Global Portfolios

First Trust Global Portfolios has launched Europe’s first blockchain ETF, the First Trust Indxx Innovative Transaction and Process UCITS ETFs (BLOK LN), on the London Stock Exchange. Derek Fulton, CEO at First Trust Global Portfolios, said: “We are pleased to bring to market this innovative UCITS ETF – BLOK. With an increasing number of institutions harnessing blockchain technology and applications spanning a wide range of industries, we believe the efficiency, auditability and transparency provided by blockchain offers the potential for significant growth opportunities.”