‘ Themes and Strategy ’

Lyxor launches Europe’s first gender equality ETF

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Lyxor Gender Equality etf

Lyxor has launched the Lyxor Gender Equality ETF (ELLE FP), Europe’s first ETF to focus on companies leading the field in gender equality. Commenting on the launch, Clarisse Djabbari, deputy head of Lyxor ETFs & indexing, said: “This ETF marks an important step in our progress towards a complete range of environmental, social and governance based investment products.” The ETF is linked to the Equileap Global Gender Equality Index, an index of 150 high-ranking stocks based on gender equality.



Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Toronto-based Equium Capital has unveiled an ETF share class for its global tactical allocation fund, which was launched in March 2017. The ETF shares will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the name Equium Global Tactical Allocation Fund (ETAC).



VanEck’s MVIS launches cryptocurrency indices

Nov 6th, 2017 | By
Reality Shares and Nasdaq launch Blockchain Tech Index

MV Index Solutions (MVIS), the indexing division of ETF provider VanEck, has unveiled a series of indices designed to track the performance of the fragmented global cryptocurrency markets. With VanEck having already filed regulatory papers to bring products holding Bitcoin instruments to market, the indices shine a light on the potential strategies which may underpin a future VanEck-branded ETF.



FTSE 100 ETFs benefit as blue-chip UK index reaches new heights

Nov 6th, 2017 | By
FTSE 100 ETFs benefit as UK index reaches new heights

ETFs tracking the FTSE 100 Index have rallied as the UK blue-chip index closed at a new record high of 7,560 on Friday 3 November 2017, driven by a strong global economy and a weak pound. Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at brokers Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Stock market investors continue to reap the rewards of loose monetary policy and an improving global economy.”



ETF commentators respond to BoE’s ‘dovish’ rate hike

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
BOE announces dovish rate hike

The Bank of England (BoE) has announced a widely expected increase in the base rate from 0.25% to 0.50%, the first rise in over a decade, after the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 in favour of the hike. Market commentators from across the ETF industry share their interpretations of the rate rise.



First Trust launches US SMID dividend achievers ETF

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
First Trust launches SMID dividend achievers ETF

First Trust Advisors has launched the First Trust SMID Cap Rising Dividend Achievers ETF (Nasdaq: SDVY), providing exposure to a diversified portfolio of high quality US-listed income-producing equities from the small- and mid-cap segments of the market.



WisdomTree and IQCIO launch ETF model portfolios

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
WisdomTree and IQCIO launch ETF model portfolios

WisdomTree has launched the WisdomTree IQCIO Risk-Managed Model Portfolios in collaboration with quant-focused portfolio advisors IQCIO. The model portfolios combine WisdomTree’s fundamentally weighted investment approach with IQCIO’s Intelligent Portfolio Optimizer for ETF selection and dynamic asset allocation.



First Trust unveils actively managed municipal high income ETF

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
First Trust unveils actively managed municipal high income ETF

First Trust Advisors has launched the First Trust Municipal High Income ETF (Nasdaq: FMHI), a new actively managed fund investing primarily in municipal debt securities. The ETF seeks to provide a high level of tax-exempt income with a secondary objective of long-term capital appreciation.



ETFMG sued by Nasdaq as HACK ETF fallout continues

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
ETFMG sued by Nasdaq as HACK ETF fallout continues

ETF Managers Group (ETFMG) is being sued by Nasdaq for allegedly fabricating reasons to justify taking control of a number of ETFs, including the $1.1 billion fund now known as the ETFMG Prime Cyber Security ETF (NYSE Arca: HACK).



WisdomTree: Why European investors are allocating to growth strategies

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Nizam Hamid, ETF Strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

European investors are increasingly allocating to growth as a style. Over the past nine years, equity assets in the growth category increased by close to 12.5% per annum, outstripping both value and blended/market capitalisation categories. The current strength of Eurozone economic fundamentals, with higher expected rates of growth, combined with the end to quantitative easing which is likely to be a prelude to rising rates, sets the scene for a continued focus on growth strategies.