‘ Themes and Strategy ’

Ramaphosa and the case for South Africa ETFs

Mar 1st, 2018 | By
South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, could strengthen the investment case for South Africa ETFs, such as the £145m iShares MSCI South Africa UCITS ETF listed in Europe which has seen significant net inflows of around £80m over the past quarter.

Smart beta ETFs record two years of consecutive monthly inflows

Feb 28th, 2018 | By
Meet the next generation of ETFs: Smart Alpha

January 2018 marked the twenty-fourth consecutive month of net inflows into smart beta ETFs and ETPs (hereafter ETFs), reports ETF industry consultants ETFGI. According to the firm’s monthly report detailing flows into smart beta ETFs listed globally, assets invested in smart beta ETFs rose by a record $37.8bn during January to bring total assets under management for the segment to a new high of $696bn.

Brompton Funds to convert healthcare and tech funds to ETFs

Feb 28th, 2018 | By
Brompton Funds Healthcare Technology ETFs

Canada-based Brompton Funds has announced that its Global Healthcare Income & Growth Fund and Tech Leaders Income Fund will convert from closed-end investment funds into ETFs, as of 3 April 2018.

Deutsche to introduce quality screen to Euro Stoxx dividend ETF

Feb 28th, 2018 | By
Deutsche to introduce quality screening to euro STOXX dividend ETF

Deutsche Asset Management has announced changes to the underlying index for the Xtrackers Euro Stoxx Select Dividend 30 UCITS ETF (XD3E LN) to a new reference that includes a quality screen in its selection of eurozone dividend-paying stocks.

Deutsche lowers fees on four Xtrackers equity ETFs in US

Feb 26th, 2018 | By
Deutsche lowers fees on Xtrackers international equity ETF suite

Deutsche Asset Management has lowered the expense ratios for three international equity and one domestic equity Xtrackers ETFs listed in the US. Fiona Bassett, global co-head of passive asset management, said, “We are committed to providing competitive expense ratios for clients looking to invest domestically or to allocate to international equity markets.”

ETF Securities cross-lists ‘disruptive technology’ ETFs onto Borsa Italiana

Feb 26th, 2018 | By
ETF Securities cross-lists 'disruptive technology' ETFs onto Borsa Italiana

ETF Securities has cross-listed its three new ‘disruptive technology’ global equity ETFs onto Borsa Italiana.

Whitford enters ETF space with low volatility fund launch

Feb 26th, 2018 | By
Whitford enters ETF space with Volshares fund launch

Whitford Asset Management , a Pennsylvania, US-based investment firm, has launched its first ETF – the Volshares Large Cap ETF (VSL US) – providing a smart beta approach to volatility-themed investing based upon the firm’s proprietary investment strategy.

Amplify Online Retail ETF reaches $200m AUM milestone

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By
Amplify ETFs launches YieldShares Dividend & Option Income ETF

Amplify ETFs has announced that its flagship product, the Amplify Online Retail ETF (IBUY US), surpassed $200 million in assets under management as it continues to capitalize on the global growth of online retail sales. Christian Magoon, founder and CEO of Amplify ETFs, commented, “Online retail sales only constitute 9% of total US sales, and we believe e-commerce is a trend that will gain significant momentum well into the future.”

Active ETFs gather second largest monthly net inflows ever

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By
Active ETFs gather second largest monthly net inflows ever in January

Actively managed ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered $3.1 billion in net inflows during January 2018, the second largest monthly net inflow ever, according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI.

First Trust launches AI & robotics ETF on Nasdaq

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By
First Trust launches actively managed broad fixed income ETF

First Trust has launched the First Trust Nasdaq Artificial Intelligence and Robotics ETF (ROBT US) on Nasdaq Exchange, providing access to companies globally that are directly exposed to developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Ryan Issakainen, SVP and ETF strategist at First Trust, said, “As a leading provider of thematic ETFs, we are excited to offer ROBT as a way for investors to gain exposure to this dynamic investment theme.”