‘ Themes and Strategy ’

Lyxor to bring gender equality ETF to London Stock Exchange

Feb 15th, 2018 | By
Lyxor to bring gender equality ETF to London Stock Exchange

Lyxor is planning a cross-listing of the Lyxor Gender Equality ETF, Europe’s first ETF to focus on companies leading the field in gender equality, on London Stock Exchange. The fund, which tracks 150 of the highest-ranked stocks based on work-related gender equality characteristics, will trade in pounds sterling under the ticker HERS LN.



Another marijuana ETF launches to meet growing demand

Feb 15th, 2018 | By
Steve Hawkins, President and Co-CEO of Horizons ETFs

Horizons ETF Management has launched the Horizons Emerging Marijuana Growers Index ETF (HMJR CN) on the NEO Exchange, tracking small-cap stocks primarily from North America which are involved in the cultivation, production and/or distribution of marijuana. “HMJR will exclusively invest in marijuana growers that, in our view, are well-positioned to take part in the global growth of the marijuana sector,” said Steve Hawkins, President and Co-CEO of Horizons ETFs.



VanEck: Tax reform adds fuel to gold’s engine

Feb 13th, 2018 | By
VanEck: Tax reform adds fuel to gold’s engine

By Joe Foster, portfolio manager for the gold and precious metals strategy at VanEck.

Anyone hoping that Washington DC would become fiscally responsible under Republican Party rule has seen their hopes go up in flames, as new tax rules appear likely to drive the US deeper into debt.



Tradeweb’s European ETF marketplace enjoys record trading in January

Feb 13th, 2018 | By
Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb.

Trading activity on the Tradeweb European-listed ETF marketplace fell just shy of €20 billion during January 2018, setting a new monthly record by smashing the platform’s previous strongest performance of €17.74bn set in May 2017. Commenting on the new record, Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb, said, “This year promises to be very exciting for European ETFs.”



BNP Paribas launches distributing share class for defensive European high yield bond ETF

Feb 13th, 2018 | By
BNP Paribas launches distributing share class for defensive European high yield bond ETF

BNP Paribas has introduced a distributing share class for the BNP Paribas Easy High Yield Europe Defensive UCITS ETF, a recently launched fund offering exposure to the European high yield credit market while hedging against market downturns through the use of a protective put strategy.



Innovation Shares unveils NextGen Vehicles & Technology ETF

Feb 13th, 2018 | By
Innovation Shares unveils NextGen Vehicles & Technology ETF (EKAR)

Innovation Shares, a sponsor of thematic ETFs, has unveiled the Innovation Shares NextGen Vehicles & Technology ETF (EKAR US) on the NYSE Arca. The fund uses an Artificial Intelligence (AI) stock selection approach to track the global electric and driverless vehicles market.



Record global ETP inflows for January 2018, reports Blackrock

Feb 12th, 2018 | By
Patrick Mattar, a managing director within the iShares EMEA capital markets team

Global ETPs raked in $100.6 billion in net inflows during January, eclipsing the previous monthly inflow record of $68.7bn set in September 2008, while EMEA-listed ETPs gathered $14.1bn in January, equalling the largest monthly inflow of all time in January 2015, according to BlackRock’s latest ETP Landscape report. Patrick Mattar, iShares EMEA capital markets team at BlackRock, looks at the key themes behind the month’s record flows.



Franklin Templeton expands passive ETF suite

Feb 12th, 2018 | By
Patrick O’Connor, global head of ETFs at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Franklin Templeton Investments has added four new ETFs to its line-up of passively managed country and regional funds, introducing exposures to equities listed in India, Russia, Asia Pacific ex-Japan, and Switzerland. Patrick O’Connor, head of global ETFs at Franklin Templeton Investments, said, “Our suite of passive country- and region-specific ETFs has been well received in the marketplace, as clients look for low-cost vehicles that can be used to access different exposures for their portfolios or solutions capabilities.”



Harvest Portfolios launches Canada’s first blockchain ETF

Feb 9th, 2018 | By
Michael Kovacs, CEO at Harvest Portfolios Group.

Harvest Portfolios Group has launched the Blockchain Technologies ETF (HBLK CN), the first of its kind to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The fund targets exposure to equity securities of North American companies that are poised to potentially benefit from the development and implementation of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Michael Kovacs, CEO of Harvest Portfolios Group, commented, “Canada’s first blockchain ETF is designed to provide investors with access to this rapidly developing market segment.”



First Trust Global Portfolios’ ETF suite reaches $600m AUM

Feb 9th, 2018 | By
Derek Fulton, CEO of First Trust Global Portfolios

The assets under management of First Trust Global Portfolios’ (FTGP) European-listed ETF suite has grown to over $600m since the firm debuted its first ETF in the European market in 2011. Derek Fulton, CEO at FTGP said, “We have been hugely encouraged by the increasing interest in our trusted innovative investment solutions and believe this significant growth underlines the value of our proven investment strategies.”