‘ Themes and Strategy ’

GraniteShares acquires Master Income ETF; lowers fees

Dec 20th, 2017 | By
GraniteShares acquires Master Income ETF; lowers fees

US-based ETF provider GraniteShares has acquired the Master Income ETF (HIPS US) and rebranded it as the HIPS US High Income ETF. The fund invests in pass-through securities offering high levels of income.



FTSE Russell unveils Italian brands index

Dec 19th, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell unveils Italian brands index

FTSE Russell has expanded its FTSE Italia Index Series with the launch of the FTSE Italia Brands Index, comprising Italian companies operating in the consumer goods and services sector that are considered best-in-class with regards to creativity, excellence, intuition and innovation.



Pacer launches trend following ETF

Dec 19th, 2017 | By
Pacer launches enhanced trend following ETF

Pacer has launched the Pacer WealthShield ETF (PWS US), a trend following ETF that rotates between fixed income and equity sectors using quantitative signals based on risk and momentum.



AlphaClone makes changes to two ETFs

Dec 19th, 2017 | By
Maz Jadallah, CEO of AlphaClone

AlphaClone and Exchange Traded Concepts have announced that two AlphaClone-branded ETFs will undergo a change in fees, underlying index exposure, and trading exchange, effective 27 December 2017. The funds provide hedge-fund-like returns by selecting equities which are common to hedge funds’ publicly disclosed positions. Maz Jadallah, CEO of AlphaClone said, “Our approach seeks to combine the best of man and machine by leveraging the most established investors while offering a rules-based investment methodology.”



What’s the smart approach to Japanese equity exposure?

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Nizam Hamid, ETF Strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

After US equities, Japanese equities are the second largest country weighting in the MSCI World Index, at close to 9% as of the end of October 2017. As such, Japan is an important allocation for many investors. However, the country has unique economic and equity market attributes, and therefore it’s paramount that investors find an appropriate investment solution.



AdvisorShares Vice ETF shuns ESG

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
VICE ETF AdvisorShares

AdvisorShares has launched the actively managed AdvisorShares Vice ETF (ACT US) on Nasdaq Exchange. While funds providing ESG-focused exposure are increasingly in vogue, ACT is the first ETF to provide concentrated exposure to companies in the alcohol, cannabis and tobacco sectors.



New Frontier Advisors launches ETF-based global balanced index

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
Dr. Richard Michaud, CEO of New Frontier Advisors.

New Frontier Advisors has unveiled the New Frontier Global Balanced Index tracking the performance of a global multi-asset risk-managed portfolio. The index is a 60/40 balanced portfolio currently comprising 27 ETFs. Dr. Richard Michaud, CEO of New Frontier Advisors, said, “We believe the New Frontier Global Balanced Index represents the next step in the evolution of major financial indices.”



ARK IM launches Israel innovative technology ETF

Dec 14th, 2017 | By
Israel Technology ETFs Middle East

ARK Investment Management has launched the ARK Israel Innovative Technology ETF (IZRL US) on Cboe ETF Marketplace. The fund provides exposure to Israel-listed companies whose main business operations are causing disruptive innovation in the internet, technology, genomics, health care, biotechnology, industrials, and manufacturing sectors.



Morgan Stanley launches ETF-based robo-advisor

Dec 13th, 2017 | By
Morgan Stanley enters robo-advisor arena with ETF-based service

Morgan Stanley has become the latest entrant into the US robo-advisor market following the official launch of Morgan Stanley Access Investing after a successful six-month pilot programme. The automated digital wealth management service consists of ten portfolios, comprising a mix of blended active-passive solutions, as well as purely passive portfolios constructed using ETFs.



Mackenzie launches actively managed gender diversity ETF on NEO

Dec 13th, 2017 | By
Mackenzie Global Leadership Impact ETF NEO Exchange Canada

Mackenzie Investments has launched the actively managed Mackenzie Global Leadership Impact ETF (MWMN CN) on NEO Exchange in Canada. The ESG-focused fund invests primarily in companies that promote gender diversity and women’s leadership within their organizational structure.