‘ United States and Canada ’

Bristol Gate enters ETF market with two active North American equity funds in Toronto

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By
Bristol Gate Partners

Bristol Gate Capital Partners, a boutique Toronto-based investment manager, has unveiled its first ETFs with the launch of the Bristol Gate Concentrated Canadian Equity ETF (BGC CN) and Bristol Gate Concentrated US Equity ETF (BGU CN) on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Active ETFs gather second largest monthly net inflows ever

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By
Active ETFs gather second largest monthly net inflows ever in January

Actively managed ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered $3.1 billion in net inflows during January 2018, the second largest monthly net inflow ever, according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI.

Salt Financial to launch high-beta ETF

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By
Alfred Eskandar, co-founder of Salt Financial

Salt Financial, a start-up ETF issuer based in New York, is to launch the Salt truBeta High Exposure ETF (SLT US) on Cboe Global Markets. The fund will target companies expected to exhibit higher volatility relative to the broad US market. Alfred Eskandar, co-founder of Salt Financial, said, “Today, investors generally have to choose between using complex products that reset daily or borrow on margin to enhance their exposure – we aim to provide a better alternative.”

MSCI: How easy is it to track a bond market index?

Feb 21st, 2018 | By
Andy Sparks, head of fixed income research strategies, MSCI

By Andy Sparks, head of fixed income research strategies, MSCI.

Many investors may have only a qualitative understanding of the ability of passive fund managers to track the returns of a fixed-income index. Our analysis uses tracking error to provide a quantitative measure of the ease – or difficulty – of consistently tracking an index. We find generally low to moderate tracking error across broad parts of the bond market. Our analysis also suggests that less liquid and higher volatility sectors (such as high yield) tend to have higher tracking error.

Direxion introduces lightly leveraged “Portfolio+” ETF suite

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Direxion introduces lightly leveraged “Portfolio+” ETF suite

US-based leveraged and inverse ETF specialist Direxion has debuted a new range of ETFs, under a new brand called “Portfolio+ ETFs”. The ETFs provide lightly leveraged exposure to their underlying indices. Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director at Direxion, said, “Over time, a small amount of added exposure can make a significant difference. At the right price point, just a 25% boost allows advisors who already manage a diversified strategy to seek out additional risk-adjusted returns in a manageable way. “

Canadian ETF industry see highest asset growth in almost two years

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Canada Toronto ETFs

Assets invested in ETFs listed in Canada grew by $4.9 billion in January 2018 to reach a record high of $122bn at the end of the month, according to ETF industry consultants ETFGI. The surge in assets represents the greatest absolute monthly increase for the Canadian ETF industry in almost two years.

Vanguard unveils suite of actively managed factor ETFs in US

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley.

Vanguard has launched six new factor-based ETFs — the firm’s first actively managed ETFs in the US — on Cboe ETF Marketplace. The suite consists of five single factor funds, targeting exposure to the minimum volatility, value, momentum, liquidity, and quality factors, and a multi-factor approach, each within the US equities universe. Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley, commented, “The newly launched factor funds represent a differentiated approach – disciplined, rules-based, targeted exposure to factors – along with Vanguard’s low costs.”

Severe weather causing a storm in agricultural ETPs

Feb 19th, 2018 | By
Severe weather causing a storm in agricultural ETPs

London-based commodity ETP specialist ETF Securities has reported that weekly inflows into its agricultural ETPs reached their largest levels ever last week, totalling $54.7 million. The firm notes that the majority of agricultural commodities are trading higher in 2018 owing to severe weather conditions affecting forecasts of supply.

WisdomTree to close nine ETFs

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
Direxion to close 12 inverse & leveraged sector ETFs

ETF and ETP provider WisdomTree has announced its intention to close and liquidate nine of its US-listed ETFs.

Mirae anchors US presence by buying ETF provider Global X

Feb 16th, 2018 | By
Taeyong Lee, President, Global Head of ETFs for Mirae Asset

Global X, the seventeenth-largest US-based ETF issuer, has entered into an agreement to sell 100% of its fully diluted shares to Mirae Asset Global Investments, an independent financial services business based in Asia. “With Global X on board, we are now connecting one of the most successful US ETF firms to a prominent Asian-based global ETF manager, creating a powerful ETF platform.” said Taeyong Lee, president, global head of ETFs for Mirae Asset.