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Tradeweb reports strong net buying of ETFs during October

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
SIX Exchange reveals record ETF trading and listing activity during 2017

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
Direxion introduces lightly leveraged “Portfolio+” ETF suite

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.

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
Investors ditch US equity ETPs in February amid market sell-off, finds BlackRock

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.