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Low volatility ETFs – a good investment?

May 24th, 2017 | By
Hartford Funds expands multifactor suite with two low volatility ETFs

Low volatility strategies have gained significant traction in Europe, fuelled by investors looking to reduce risk in volatile markets. In a new research paper, which analyses the growing popularity of such strategies, Morningstar estimates that they have racked up €27 billion of net flows since 2012, with total assets under management reaching €40bn as of year-end 2016. A decent chunk of these assets are held in ETFs, with iShares’ European-domiciled minimum volatility suite, for example, housing some €4 billion in AUM alone. But are they good investments?

Invesco PowerShares launches S&P 500 multi-factor ETF

May 23rd, 2017 | By
PowerShares launches S&P 500 multi-factor ETF

Invesco Powershares has launched a smart beta factor strategy ETF, based on S&P 500 constituents, on the London Stock Exchange. The PowerShares S&P 500 QVM UCITS ETF (LON: PQVM), which will also list on other European exchanges, employs a multi-factor approach using quality, value and momentum to allocate to companies from the S&P 500. Nicholas Samaran, head of product development, EMEA, PowerShares, said: “A multi-factor methodology helps focus on specific factors but avoids the potential challenges of choosing and timing factors”.

VanEck Vectors lists four ETFs on Borsa Italiana

May 23rd, 2017 | By
First Trust lists US equity income ETF on Borsa Italiana

ETF provider VanEck Vectors has expanded its presence in Europe with the cross listing of four ETFs on the Borsa Italiana. Philipp Schlegel, international business development at VanEck, said: “Within recent years, Borsa Italiana has recorded a significant rise in average daily ETF trades on the Italian stock exchange. By listing our ETFs on Borsa Italiana, we are responding to investor demand for access to local trading.”

Nearly half of all asset owners now using smart beta: FTSE Russell survey

May 23rd, 2017 | By
Smart beta usage continues to grow reports FTSE Russell

Nearly half of all asset owners now have an allocation to smart beta, according to the latest annual smart beta survey from index provider FTSE Russell. Forty-six percent of asset owners now use smart beta, marking the highest adoption rate since the survey’s inception in 2014. This is up from 36% in 2016 and 26% in 2015, with a further 25% currently evaluating smart beta but with no allocation at present. The outlook for smart beta continues to look positive, too, with 76% of respondents planning to increase their allocation within the next 18 months.

GraniteShares aims to be ETF industry disruptor

May 22nd, 2017 | By
New ETF provider aims to be industry disruptor

A new US-based ETF provider, GraniteShares, aims to disrupt the ETF industry by offering low-cost commodity ETFs with a smarter product structure. The firm officially launched with the listing of its first two ETFs on the New York Stock Exchange.

JP Morgan launches active ultra-short fixed income ETF

May 22nd, 2017 | By
JP Morgan unveils smart beta ETF on NYSE Arca

J.P. Morgan Asset Management has launched the JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF (Bats Exchange: JPST), an actively managed ETF that aims to provide current income while maintaining low volatility of principal.

OPEC and oil prices: Looking ahead to the May meeting

May 19th, 2017 | By
Greg Sharenow, real assets portfolio manager at PIMCO.

By Greg Sharenow, real assets portfolio manager at PIMCO.

For all the attention paid to changes in US shale output, OPEC is capable of swinging oil balances more in a single month than US shale can in a year. As a result, any oil outlook must make some material assumptions about OPEC’s intentions at the upcoming meetings later this month and in November.

Vanguard launches online investment service for UK investors

May 17th, 2017 | By

Vanguard has launched a new investment service for retail investors in the UK that provides direct access to the firm’s ETF range as well as Vanguard’s other funds for an administration fee of just 0.15% per annum. Sean Hagerty, head of Vanguard’s European business, commented: “We aim to deliver investors the highest value investment products and services available with an unwavering commitment to lowering the cost of investing in the UK.”

Solactive launches US investment grade corporate bond index

May 17th, 2017 | By
Solactive launches US investment grade corporate bond index

Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has unveiled the Solactive USD Investment Grade Corporate Index, tracking the performance of US dollar-denominated investment grade corporate bonds.

WisdomTree launches enhanced yield US short-term bond ETF

May 17th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree launches enhanced US short-term bond fund

WisdomTree has launched the WisdomTree Barclays Yield Enhanced US Short-Term Aggregate Bond Fund (Bats: SHAG). The ETF seeks to enhance yield but maintain similar risk characteristics compared to the short end of the US Aggregate fixed income universe.