‘ Themes and Strategy ’

Sygnia unveils four new ETFs in South Africa

Oct 31st, 2017 | By
Sygnia unveils four new ETFs in South Africa

South African asset manager Sygnia has unveiled four new ETFs on Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) as part of its Sygnia Itrix range. The funds provide exposure to a range of local and international asset classes including JSE-listed equities, US equities and global property.



Franklin Templeton unveils passive ETF line-up linked to FTSE indices

Oct 30th, 2017 | By
Patrick O’Connor, global head of ETFs at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Franklin Templeton has unveiled its first fully passive ETFs, including 14 single-country and two regional funds. The ETFs, which track market cap-weighted indices designed by FTSE Russell, are scheduled to be listed on NYSE Arca on 6 November 2017. Patrick O’Connor, global head of ETFs for Franklin Templeton, said: “Our new suite of passive ETFs will provide a cost-effective way to access beta solutions, further rounding out our offerings for US investors.”



FTSE Russell launches Saudi Arabia Index Series

Oct 30th, 2017 | By
FTSE Russell launches Saudi Arabia Inclusion Index Series

FTSE Russell has launched the FTSE Saudi Arabia Inclusion Index Series, a comprehensive suite of indices designed in response to regional growth and the partial opening of the country’s capital markets. The index series has been constructed to be suitable for index-linked investment products, such as ETFs, and includes three sets of indices at the country, regional, and global level.



Nikko: Will investors be ready when Chinese bonds go global?

Oct 30th, 2017 | By
Nikko: Will investors be ready when Chinese bonds go global?

By Holger Mertens, head portfolio manager, global credit and Chia Woon Khien, senior portfolio manager, fixed income at Nikko Asset Management.



S&P DJI publishes carbon metrics for equity indices

Oct 30th, 2017 | By
S&P DJI debuts carbon metrics for equity indices

S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) has begun publishing carbon metrics on the majority of its equity indices, including the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average. The initiative aims to support ESG transparency, enabling market participants to understand, measure and manage carbon risk.



Evolve launches active healthcare ETF in Toronto

Oct 26th, 2017 | By
Evolve launches active healthcare ETF in Toronto

Evolve Funds has launched the Evolve Global Healthcare Enhanced Yield ETF (LIFE) on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The ETF provides exposure to healthcare stocks listed globally with a covered call overlay to improve yield.



Premia Partners debuts multi-factor China A-shares ETFs

Oct 26th, 2017 | By
Nikko: Will investors be ready when Chinese bonds go global?

Hong Kong-based asset manager Premia Partners has launched two smart beta China ETFs which utilize a fundamental multi-factor approach to select Mainland China A-share equities. The funds have been listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.



Solactive EM consumer technology index to underlie new KraneShares ETF

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
New Solactive EM consumer technology index to underlie KraneShares ETF

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has launched the Solactive Emerging Markets Consumer Technology Index, providing exposure to the growing role of internet technology and e-commerce in emerging markets. The index will underlie a new ETF launched by KraneShares on the NYSE Arca.



Six trading best practices to improve your ETF execution

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
Jason Guthrie, director of capital markets, WisdomTree.

By Jason Guthrie, director of capital markets, WisdomTree.

New investors are using ETFs more and more every day. As a result, we’re increasingly asked about ETF execution and implementation. While it’s important to note that there are several ways to implement an ETF trade and therefore there isn’t one right or best way to execute, there are, however, some simple guidelines we believe will help investors better understand the nature of ETF execution and could help investors achieve better execution.



SPDR ETFs: Four principles for building your core portfolio

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
SPDR ETFs: Four principles for building your core portfolio

By Matthew J. Bartolini, head of SPDR Americas research, State Street Global Advisors.

A strong, flexible portfolio depends heavily on how assets are allocated in its core. That’s because the core is the largest part of a portfolio, and research has long shown that asset allocation decisions explain over 90% of the variance in portfolio returns. And today’s low return expectations make building an ultra-low cost, diversified core more important than ever so that costs don’t erode your investment returns.