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PowerShares study finds record satisfaction among smart beta users

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
PowerShares study finds record satisfaction among smart beta users

Satisfaction with smart beta products among users has hit a record 97%, up from 96% in 2016 and 91% in 2015, according to the results of the fourth annual European smart beta survey commissioned by ETF provider Invesco PowerShares.



WisdomTree to acquire ETF Securities’ European ETP business

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree to acquire ETF Securities’ European business

WisdomTree has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the European exchange-traded product operations of London-based ETF Securities, comprising 307 ETPs, including commodity, currency, and short & leveraged exposures, with over $17.6 billion of AUM combined. Graham Tuckwell, founder and chairman of ETF Securities, commented: “I believe this combination creates a uniquely positioned firm which will flourish in the years ahead, continuing to deliver huge value for customers and stakeholders.”



Amundi unveils European multi-factor market neutral ETF

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
Fannie Wurtz, managing director at Amundi ETF, indexing & smart beta

Amundi has launched the Amundi European Equity Multi Factor Market Neutral ETF (MKTN FP) on Euronext Paris, providing a means for investors to gain access to the long-term potential of factor risk premia without being exposed to the direction of European equity markets. Fannie Wurtz, managing director at Amundi ETF, commented: “In today’s low yield environment, investors are on the lookout for new ways to generate return and diversify their portfolios. This new ETF shows our ongoing determination to give investors transparent and effective investment solutions.”



ETF robo-advisor Scalable Capital reaches €500m in assets

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
ETF robo-advisor Scalable Capital reaches €500m in assets

Robo-advisor Scalable Capital has reached €500 million in assets 22 months after launching in Germany and 16 months after launching in the UK. The firm uses proprietary risk management algorithms to manage portfolios built using ETFs for clients.



Oil price rally leads to profit taking, reports ETF Securities

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
ETF Securities expands Brent crude ETC range as geopolitical tensions rise

Weekly flows analysis from ETF Securities shows that oil ETFs saw outflows of $73 million on the back of profit taking during the week commencing 30 October. Oil has risen steadily in price since the summer and the outflows come as Brent crude closed at a two-year high of $64.27 on 6 November.



LSE reports October ETF trading volume up 3%

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
LSE reports October ETF trading volume up 3%

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has reported that total on-exchange value traded for ETFs in October 2017 was £27 billion through 290k trades, an increase of 3% compared to October 2016. The average order book trade size for ETFs was £38k during the month.



Tradeweb reports strong net buying of ETFs during October

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
Tradeweb reports strong net buying of ETFs during October

Tradeweb has reported that all ETF asset classes saw net buying in October, according to its most recent monthly trading report. October proved to be another strong month for the platform as total traded volume surpassed €13.7 billion, beating September by more than half a billion euros.



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.



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.