‘ United States and Canada ’

Deutsche rolls out MSCI USA Sector ETFs on Xetra

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Deutsche roll out MSCI USA Sector ETFs on Xetra

Deutsche Asset Management has launched six US sector ETFs on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra and Frankfurt exchanges. The funds track indices created by MSCI and provide exposure to the energy, financials, health care, information technology, consumer discretionary and consumer staples sectors of the US economy.



Gold ETFs set to benefit as ‘fear trade’ intensifies

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Gold ETFs set to benefit as 'fear trade' intensifies, reports World Gold Council

Gold ETFs look set to continue their recent bull run as, according to a report issued by the World Gold Council, the spot price of the precious metal is likely to be supported in the near term as growing uncertainty moves investors into safe-haven assets such as gold.



Morningstar reports slowdown in Europe-listed ETF flows

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Lyxor builds out small and mid-cap equity ETF offering

After registering dynamic growth in the first half of the year, demand for Europe-listed ETFs slowed considerably in August, according to Morningstar’s monthly ETF asset flows analysis.



S&P DJI: Chinese growth concerns weigh heavy on metals

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
S&P DJI: Chinese growth concerns weigh heavy on metals

By Jodie Gunzberg, head of commodities indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Industrial metals hit multi-year highs last month with the S&P GSCI Industrial Metals Index up off its bottom by nearly 60%. This was mainly due to strong Chinese demand growth and a falling US dollar. While the dollar has continued its fall in September, there is some concern over slowing growth in China.



Barron’s 400 ETF increases energy exposure following index review

Sep 18th, 2017 | By
Barron’s 400 ETF increases energy and consumer staples exposure following index rebalance

The Barron’s 400 ETF (NYSE Arca: BFOR), a smart beta exchange-traded fund that tracks the Barron’s 400 Index, has significantly increased its exposure to the energy and consumer staples sectors of the US economy following the semi-annual reconstitution and rebalance of its underlying index. Carlos Diez, CEO and founder of MarketGrader, commented: “Energy experienced the most significant resurgence in the number of members and as a proportion of the index’s portfolio that it has in years. This indicates that profits within the sector may be rebounding.”



First Trust planning changes to US dividend ETF

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
Amundi to launch S&P 500 buyback ETF

First Trust Portfolios Canada is planning to change the name and underlying index of the First Trust AlphaDEX US Dividend ETF (CAD-Hedged) (TSX: FUD), a fund which gives investors exposure to US large-cap equities that pay higher-than-average dividends.



Goldman Sachs launches equal-weight US large cap ETF

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
Goldman Sachs launches equal-weight US large cap ETF

Goldman Sachs has introduced the Goldman Sachs Equal Weight US Large Cap Equity ETF (Bats: GSEW) which provides access to the 500 largest US-listed equities while mitigating some of the biases inherent in traditional market cap-weighted indices.



BlackRock expands iShares corporate bond ETF suite

Sep 15th, 2017 | By
BlackRock expands iShares corporate bond ETF suite

BlackRock has continued to build out its range of ETFs offering exposure to corporate bonds with the launch of three new funds. Two of the funds offer exposure to the intermediate and long-term maturity segments of the investment grade corporate bond universe, while the third launch is a target-maturity fund.



Moody’s investigates effects of smart beta ETF price war

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
IndexIQ adjusts fees on a range of ETFs

The ongoing price war in smart beta ETF fees has the potential to negatively impact the credit ratings of traditional active asset managers as well as smart beta ETF providers, according to credit rating agency Moody’s.



Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

Sep 14th, 2017 | By
Smart Beta & Factor Correlations to the S&P 500

By Nicolas Rabener, Founder, FactorResearch.

In our recent research note “Smart Beta vs Factors in Portfolio Construction” we concluded there was no improvement in returns or decrease in drawdowns, compared to an improvement in the risk-return ratio when using Value & Growth factor exposures. However, the question remains if any of these offer diversification benefits, which is one of the few free lunches in the investment world.