‘ Themes and Strategy ’

Barclays, Novus unveil smart beta equity indices based on hedge fund filings

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Barclays, Novus unveil smart beta equity indices based on hedge fund filings

Barclays and data analytics platform Novus have launched the Novus Barclays Public Ownership HF Conviction Index family, a new addition to the Barclays range of Quantitative Investment Strategies. The smart beta indices track equities which, according to regulatory filings, are commonly being held in high conviction positions across some of the largest funds in the hedge fund industry.



MSCI reports all factor indices positive in August

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports all factor indices positive in August

MSCI has released its index performance report for August 2017, breaking down the best and worst performing equity indices over this period by country, factor and sector. The index provider, which is one of the leading providers of equity indices to the exchange-traded fund industry, reports that all of its factor-based indices generated a positive return in August with the best performing factor during August being quality (1.4%) and the worst, enhanced value (0.2%).



Solactive introduces Intuitive Beta index suite with three thematic launches

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
Solactive introduces Intuitive Beta index suite with three thematic launches

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has launched the Solactive Intuitive Beta Index family by rolling out three smart beta indices constructed around themes including workforce efficiency, value investing and corporate longevity. Each of the indices target exposure to its specific theme within the US large cap equity universe.



Main launches active sector rotation ETF

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
AdvisorShares launches actively-managed long/short sector rotation strategy ETF

Main Management ETF Advisors (Main) has launched the Main Sector Rotation ETF (BATS: SECT), an actively managed ETF that utilises a fund of funds structure to invest in other sector-based equity ETFs. The launch marks Main’s debut into the ETF provider space.



Deutsche to cross-list core equity & corporate bond ETFs to LSE

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
Deutsche to cross-list core & corporate bond ETFs to LSE

Deutsche Asset Management is planning to cross-list four ETFs, two corporate bond and two low-cost ‘core’ equity funds, on London Stock Exchange. Simon Klein, head of passive distribution, EMEA and APAC, Deutsche Asset Management, says the cross-listings “expand the opportunities for investors in ETF format” and help “make these funds available to as wide an audience as possible”.



KraneShares introduces China ‘One Belt One Road’ ETF

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Jonathan Krane, CEO of KraneShares

KraneShares has launched the KraneShares MSCI One Belt One Road ETF (NYSE Arca: OBOR) which invests in strategic companies from countries participating in China’s One Belt One Road initiative, an infrastructure-focused long-term modernization of the original Silk Road trading routes. Jonathan Krane, CEO at KraneShares, commented: “The OBOR initiative will receive trillions of dollars of investment over the next decade and should increase the economies and trade of both China and the participating nations.”



VanEck: Real yields rule – emerging markets local bonds lead the way

Sep 11th, 2017 | By
Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management at VanEck.

By Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management.

Looking for attractive yields? Look no further than emerging markets local currency bonds. These bonds provide significantly higher yields than those offered by developed markets bonds, both in nominal terms and in real terms. While higher yields often mean greater credit risk, local inflation levels can be a greater contributor to the nominal yields of emerging markets bonds.



Franklin Templeton adopts Euroclear’s international ETF structure for European ETFs

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
Franklin Templeton partners with Euroclear to debut ETFs in Europe

Franklin Templeton has adopted Euroclear’s international security structure for its European line-up of ETFs. Launched in 2013, Euroclear’s international structure for ETFs aims to bring increased efficiency to a process that had previously only been supported by fragmented domestic market practices across Europe.



UBS launches currency-hedged US multifactor ETF on SIX

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
UBS launches currency-hedged US multifactor ETF on SIX

UBS has listed three share classes of the UBS MSCI USA Select Factor Mix ETF on Switzerland’s SIX Exchange, providing currency-hedged multifactor exposure to US equities. The three share classes offer investors the choice of currency hedging between the US dollar and sterling, euros, or swiss francs.



Tradeweb reports strong buying of fixed income ETFs during August

Sep 8th, 2017 | By
Tradeweb reports strong buying of fixed income ETFs during August

Tradeweb has reported that fixed income ETFs saw net buying activity on its European-listed ETF marketplace during August with ‘buys’ outperforming ‘sells’ by six percentage points.