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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.



Emotion, Acronyms and ETFs

Oct 31st, 2017 | By
Peter Sleep, Senior Investment Manager, Seven Investment Management (7IM)

Peter Sleep, Senior Investment Manager, Seven Investment Management (7IM) explores some criticisms of ETFs that have recently been levelled by some commentators in the media.



UK wealth managers taking an active approach to index investing

Oct 30th, 2017 | By
UK wealth managers are taking an active approach to index investing, according to a BlackRock-commissioned survey from KPMG.

A survey from KPMG commissioned by BlackRock released today shines a light on the index investing habits of financial advisers and wealth managers: how and why they are using ETFs and index mutual funds, as well as how they are reacting to regulation and technological change.



BNP Paribas launches defensive European high yield bond ETF

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
BNP Paribas launches two equity SRI ETFs

BNP Paribas has launched a new ETF offering exposure to the European high yield credit market while hedging against market downturns through the use of a protective put strategy.



Robo-advisor Moneyfarm introduces charges for all wealth brackets

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Robo-advisor Moneyfarm introduces charges for all wealth brackets

Automated wealth management company Moneyfarm has announced it is to introduce charges to all investors, abandoning its previous scheme where portfolios below £10,000 or above £1 million in invested assets were exempt from fees. The firm said it has initiated the new pricing structure to bring the firm in line with other robo-advisers.



Celebrating 25 years of the FTSE 250

Oct 13th, 2017 | By
Celebrating 25 years of the FTSE 250

FTSE Russell is celebrating 25 years since the launch of the FTSE 250 Index on 12 October 1992. The first ETF to track the index was launched 13 years ago. Since then, strong performance and the index’s role as a proxy for the health of the UK economy has seen ETF assets linked to the mid-cap index rise to over £1.5 billion.



BlackRock counters ETF and indexing critics

Oct 11th, 2017 | By
BlackRock cross-lists five iShares fixed income ETFs to SIX

ETF and index investing “supports vibrant capital markets”, argues BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, in a research paper released in response to some commentators’ warnings about the perils of passive products, including ETFs.



JP Morgan unveils first European-listed ETFs

Oct 11th, 2017 | By
Bryon Lake, international head of ETFs, JP Morgan Asset Management.

 J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has unveiled a pair of actively managed hedge fund ETFs to be listed on the London Stock Exchange. The two funds, the JPM Equity Long-Short UCITS ETF and the JPM Managed Futures UCITS ETF, will be the firm’s first ETFs to be rolled out in Europe. Commenting on the launch, Bryon Lake, international head of ETFs, JPMAM, said: “Providing investors with institutional-quality hedge fund strategies in a cost-efficient, liquid and tradeable ETF wrapper should help to advance the democratisation of hedge fund investing.”



Tradeweb reports third busiest trading quarter for its European ETF marketplace

Oct 11th, 2017 | By
Tradeweb reports third busiest trading quarter for European ETF marketplace

Tradeweb has reported that the end of September marked the third busiest quarter for its European-listed ETF marketplace since its launch in October 2012. Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb, said the performance reflects the efficiencies of ‘Request For Quote’ (RFQ) trading as the ETF industry is bracing itself for the new regulatory landscape under MiFID II.



Aviva to buy majority stake in robo-advisor Wealthify

Oct 6th, 2017 | By
Aviva to buy majority stake in robo-advisor Wealthify

Aviva has announced it is to buy a majority shareholding in robo-advisor Wealthify. The digital investment platform was launched in April 2016 and uses algorithms to invest customers money in passive products including iShares ETFs from BlackRock. Richard Theo, co-founder and CEO of Wealthify said Aviva’s investment “reflects a clear shift in market demand for high-quality, technology-enabled financial services solutions like Wealthify”.