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MiFID II takes away US’ edge in ETFs

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By
MiFID II takes away US’ edge in ETFs

By Hector McNeil, co-CEO and founder of HANetf.

MiFID II, the package of comprehensive Europe-wide rules designed to strengthen protection for investors and improve transparency, was formerly enacted at the beginning of 2018, in a move which should accelerate adoption of ETFs in Europe – a market that already grew by over 40% last year.



Hartford Funds launches Schroders tax-aware bond ETF

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Hartford Funds launches Schroders tax-aware bond ETF

Hartford Funds has launched the Hartford Schroders Tax-Aware Bond ETF (HTAB US) on NYSE Arca. Sub-advised by Schroder Investment Management North America, the actively managed ETF targets strong after-tax returns by investing in a diversified portfolio of taxable and tax-exempt bonds. Vernon Meyer, CIO, Hartford Funds, said, “Investors are seeking high quality fixed income solutions providing compelling after-tax returns at a competitive price.”



Global X launches Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Global X Robotics & AI ETF passes $450m in assets one year after launch

Global X has launched the Global X Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF (DRIV US) on Nasdaq Exchange. The fund provides exposure to companies involved in the production of electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles and the development of self-driving technology. “Electric and autonomous vehicles are poised to have one of the most profound impacts on society since the industrial revolution, affecting a wide range of sectors in ways that we’ve only just begun to imagine,” said Jay Jacobs, director of research at Global X.



Research Affiliates launches RAFI ESG strategy

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Vitali Kalesnik, PhD, Partner and Head of Equity Research at RA

Smart beta specialists Research Affiliates has launched a new index suite combining its trademark Research Affiliates Fundamental Index (RAFI) methodology with metrics for environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) screening. “We wanted to deliver a transparent, broadly diversified, and customizable ESG strategy without sacrificing returns,” said Vitali Kalesnik, partner and head of equity research at Research Affiliates.



Option strategies in ETFs act as a buffer during volatile markets

Apr 20th, 2018 | By
Volatility ETFs Horizons Covered Call

By Horizons ETFs US.

As we move further into the remainder of the year, investors are taking a closer look at new strategies that can be used within portfolios that may help protect against potential drawdowns and possibly increase income in volatile environments. This new focus on protection and income have many looking at options and option strategies through the use of ETFs.



BlackRock introduces euro-hedging for two HY corporate bond ETFs

Apr 13th, 2018 | By
euros euro-hedging currency hedged etfs

BlackRock has introduced two new currency-hedged share classes for two of its high yield corporate bond ETFs listed on Deutsche Börse. The funds offer exposure to US dollar-denominated corporate bonds and global fallen angel bonds, while the new share classes mitigate exchange rate risk relative to the euro.



DWS cuts fees on euro cash and US Treasury ETFs

Apr 12th, 2018 | By
Blanca Koenig, fixed income strategist at Deutsche Wealth Solutions.

DWS has reduced the fees charged on five of its Xtrackers-branded ETFs. The funds include four US Treasury ETFs and a euro cash deposit rate tracker.

“We are making our US Treasuries and EUR cash offering even more attractive for our clients at a time when, particularly with increased volatility, investors are trading more fixed income exposures using ETFs,” said Blanca Koenig, fixed income strategist at DWS.



Satrix launches first Nasdaq 100 ETF on JSE

Apr 12th, 2018 | By
satrix nasdaq 100 jse etf launch

Satrix Managers, the first company to launch an ETF in South Africa, has brought to market a new fund offering access to the well-known, tech-heavy US Nasdaq 100 Index.



BlackRock adds US small-caps to iShares ESG ETF suite

Apr 11th, 2018 | By
ESG Small-Cap sustainable etfs

BlackRock has expanded its range of socially responsible ETFs with the launch of the iShares MSCI USA Small-Cap ESG Optimized ETF (ESML US) on Cboe Global Markets. The fund provides exposure to US small-cap stocks which have been screened for strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) characteristics.



Prudential enters the ETF arena with ultra-short bond fund

Apr 11th, 2018 | By
Stuart Parker, president and CEO of PGIM Investments.

Prudential Global Investment Management (PGIM) has brought its first ETF to market with the launch of the PGIM Ultra Short Bond ETF (PULS US) on NYSE Arca. PULS is an actively managed fund which provides exposure to a diversified portfolio of ultra-short fixed income securities. Stuart Parker, president and CEO of PGIM Investments. “The actively managed ETF market, while small, has seen steady growth. Entering this market is a natural next step to expand our product range.”