‘ Volatility ’

Emerging markets the biggest opportunity in 2018, says VanEck

Dec 15th, 2017 | By
Emerging Markets the biggest opportunity in 2018 says VanEck

By Jan van Eck, CEO of VanEck.

The biggest investment opportunity for 2018 remains in emerging markets equities. As we entered 2017, US equities had done well for five years, meaning investors were underweight international and emerging markets. Emerging markets have however outperformed dramatically this year and we think it is still early innings for this asset class.



Desjardins unveils EM multifactor ETF with controlled volatility

Dec 1st, 2017 | By
Nicolas Richard, chief operating officer at Desjardins Global Asset Management.

The Desjardins Emerging Markets Multifactor-Controlled Volatility ETF (DFE CN), launched on the Toronto Stock Exchange, complements the firm’s existing suite of three multifactor funds which includes ETFs providing exposure to US, Canadian, and developed international equities. Nicolas Richard, chief operating officer at Desjardins, said, “We are now in a position to offer our unique and innovative construction strategy for all of the major markets of the world.”



Global ETF inflows hit €500bn for 2017, reports Amundi

Nov 17th, 2017 | By
Equities lead European ETF flows in November, finds Amundi

Exchange-traded funds recorded €52.6 billion of inflows during October, taking the global total for 2017 to €500bn, according to research by Amundi. In Europe, inflows totalled €6.8bn for October (€80.6bn since January), with €5.8bn flowing into equity products and €1bn into fixed income products.



Quality best-performing factor in 2017, reports FTSE and OppenheimerFunds

Nov 16th, 2017 | By
Quality best performing factor in 2017, reports FTSE and OpenheimerFunds

Quality has replaced value as the factor driving US large-cap equities in 2017 so far, according to new research from FTSE Russell and OppenheimerFunds.



PowerShares study finds record satisfaction among smart beta users

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
Morgan Stanley’s Fundlogic launches five equity smart beta ETFs

Satisfaction with smart beta products among users has hit a record 97%, up from 96% in 2016 and 91% in 2015, according to the results of the fourth annual European smart beta survey commissioned by ETF provider Invesco PowerShares.



JP Morgan launches five single factor ETFs on NYSE Arca

Nov 13th, 2017 | By
JP Morgan launches five single factor ETFs on NYSE Arca

JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has launched five smart beta ETFs on NYSE Arca. The ETFs each select US equities that display high exposure to one of five factors: momentum, value, quality, dividend and minimum volatility.



MSCI reports all factor indices positive for third consecutive month

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
MSCI reports all factor indices positive for third consecutive month

MSCI, one of the leading providers of equity indices to the ETF industry, reports that all of its factor-based indices generated a positive return in October with the best-performing factor for the month being momentum (4.4%) and the worst, high dividend yield (0.8%).



QuantShares’ Canadian ETF range renamed to AGFiQ

Oct 25th, 2017 | By
QuantShares' Canadian ETF range renamed to AGFiQ

Toronto-based AGF Investments has announced that its line-up of Canadian-domiciled QuantShares ETFs will be renamed AFGiQ ETFs to bring greater alignment across its brands. The name change will not affect the investment objectives, strategies, management or ticker symbols of the ETFs.



Franklin Templeton adds EM multi-factor ETF to LibertyShares suite

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Franklin Templeton adds multi-factor ETF to Liberty Shares suite

Franklin Templeton has added to its line-up of Europe-listed ETFs with the launch of the Franklin Templeton LibertyQ Emerging Markets UCITS ETF, tracking the performance of large- and mid-cap emerging markets stocks selected using a multi-factor approach. Vivek Kudva, head of EMEA and India at Franklin Templeton, said, “We think this new strategy can be utilised as a strategic and long-term allocation for those investors looking for an alternative way of accessing emerging markets as part of their diversified portfolio.”



Principal launches two US single factor ETFs

Oct 19th, 2017 | By
Principal launches two US single factor ETFs

Iowa-headquartered Principal Financial has rolled out two new single factor ETFs, expanding the firm’s smart beta line-up of funds. The new launches target large- and mid-cap US equities with strong value and momentum characteristics.