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January 11

News iShares leads global ETF industry with record inflows of $140bn Growth in 2016 powered by moves into bond, Core and smart beta ETFs

BlackRock, Inc.’s iShares business led the global ETF industry in 2016, winning a record $140bn in new flows, powered by moves into bond, Core and smart beta ETFs. Representing 13% organic growth, iShares 2016 flows reflect the global scale, diverse product range and (...)

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European ETF Market flows increased in November 2016.

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Solactive AG and oekom research win competition to develop a sustainable equity index for the Federal State of Berlin

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November 2016

News European ETF Market flows were sustained in October 2016

Net New Assets (NNA) during this month amounted to EUR2.8bn, up 41% vs. last month and close to the year to date average of EUR3.2bn. Total Assets under Management are up 7% vs. the end of 2015, reaching EUR485bn, and including almost no market impact (+0.4%). Equity ETFs (...)

October 2016

News European Smart Beta ETF market flows continued to be sustained in Q3 2016.

Net New Assets (NNA) year to date amounted to EUR6.5bn. Total Assets under Management are up 39% vs. the end of 2015, reaching EUR 25.3 billion and including a significant market impact (9.1%*).

October 2016

News TrackInsight raises EUR 2.5 million from NewAlpha Asset Management and Aviva France

TrackInsight SAS is pleased to announce two new investments in its capital from the FinTech fund managed by New Alpha Asset Management and the insurance company, Aviva France. TrackInsight has now raised over EUR 4 million in development (...)

October 2016

Note A growing interest from investors in Smart Beta ETFs with more requirements and challenges to address

In a survey of investment professionals conducted as part of the Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “ETF and Passive Investment Strategies”, EDHEC-Risk Institute has solicited the specific views of 180 European ETF investors on (...)

October 2016

News European ETF Market flows slowed down in September 2016

Net New Assets (NNA) during this month amounted to EUR2.0bn, significantly below the year to date average of EUR3.2bn. Total Assets under Management are up 7% vs. the end of 2015, reaching EUR480bn, and including a market impact of (...)

October 2016

Innovation Solactive launches Sustainable Development Goals World Index

Solactive announces the launch of the Solactive Sustainable Development Goals World Index – a new index which enables investors to gain exposure to companies that have been identified as making a significant contribution...

September 2016

News Amundi ETF extends its physical range to develop ETF-based solutions for distributors

Amundi ETF, Europe’s fifth largest ETF provider, expands further into the European retail market by extending its physical ETF range to develop ETF-based solutions.

September 2016

Innovation RBC Global Asset Management Inc. expands ETF product lineup with new income-oriented solutions

RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM Inc.) today announced the launch of four new Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). All four RBC ETFs begin trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

September 2016

Innovation BlackRock launches thematic iShares ETF suite to capture global ‘megatrends’

BlackRock announces the launch of four thematic exchange traded funds (ETFs) capturing investment opportunities created by the global trends towards ageing population, healthcare innovation, robotics and automation, and (...)

September 2016

Note Lyxor research highlights the growing role of Smart Beta in new investment strategies

Lyxor Asset Management today unveils the results of a new wide-ranging study that compares the performance of European domiciled active funds with that of their benchmarks. The research highlights the growing importance of risk factors and other Smart Beta strategies in (...)

September 2016

News BlackRock ETP Landscape - Global ETPs fLows accelerate ahead of 2015 pace as emerging markets climb to record territory

Global ETPs brought in $39.8bn in August driving year-to-date flows ahead of 2015 pace on strength in emerging markets (EM) and U.S. equities as well as EM debt and investment grade corporate bonds...

September 2016

Innovation ETF Securities converts first Global Robotics & Automation ETF in Europe to physically-backed and reduces TER

In response to investor demand, ETF Securities, one of the world’s leading independent providers of specialist Exchange Traded Products, has announced that its ROBO Global® Robotics and Automation GO UCITS ETF (ROBO), will be physicallybacked (1) from September (...)

September 2016

News Monthly European ETF Market Trends - August 2016 in brief

European ETF Market flows slowed in August 2016. NET NEW ASSETS (NNA) during this month amounted to EUR4.7bn, still 21% above the one-year monthly average level. Total Assets under Management are up 7% vs. the end of 2015, reaching (...)

August 2016

News European ETF Market flows reached a 2016 record high in July

Net New Assets (NNA) during this month amounted to EUR8.2bn, more than twice the year to date monthly average level. Total Assets under Management are up 5% vs. the end of 2015, reaching EUR474bn, and including a limited market (...)

July 2016

Innovation Brand Finance plc and Solactive AG launch indices

Brand Finance is pleased to announce the launch of the Solactive BrandFinance® European Leaders Select 30 Index and Solactive BrandFinance® European Leaders Low Risk 30 Index in collaboration with Solactive AG, an innovative index provider based in (...)

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Innovation ETF Securities launches first Gold Exchange Traded Commodities on Euroclear’s Fundsettle Platform

ETF Securities, one of the world’s leading, independent providers of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), today announced the listing of the first-ever Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs) on Euroclear’s FundSettle fund processing platform, supported by (...)

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News State Street Global Advisors Launches 10 SPDR ETFs on the Euronext Exchange

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset management arm of State Street Corporation, today announced that it has launched 10 World Sector SPDR Exchange Traded Funds on the Euronext Exchange.

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Strategy ETF Liquidity: A vital measure of efficiency

ETFs are investment funds that can be traded on stock exchanges like ordinary shares. ETFs’ liquidity depends on several factors, including the liquidity of the underlying securities and the structures put in place by the ETF issuer to facilitate trading. In this expert (...)

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News European Smart Beta ETF Market Trends

European Smart beta ETF market flows are still positive in the second quarter of 2015, but growth has decelerated compared to Q1 2015. NET NEW ASSETS (NNA) year to date (30/06/2015) amounted to EUR 2.3 billion, i.e. 60% of the 2014 NNA within the first half of the year. Total (...)

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Note Estimating the Real Rate of Return on Stock Index

Judicious use of the rate of return framework on equity, or "cost of capital" facilitates decision-making within the financial industry by providing a metric for comparing different stock markets between them but also a comparison to other asset (...)

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Innovation Amundi ETF offers a complete range of mono factor exposures at competitive pricing with two newly launched ETFs

Amundi ETF completes its mono-factor range on the MSCI Europe index by listing on Euronext Paris two new Quality and Momentum risk-factor ETFs. Amundi ETF’s comprehensive range of mono-factor exposures on European equities is offered at competitive ongoing charges of only (...)

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Strategy Is Low Volatility investing overcrowded?

One may reasonably argue that the recent flows into the Low Volatility strategies might affect their future performance because of the flow pressure on the prices of the companies that generally are selected by this investment approach. More recently, some market (...)

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Strategy Risk factors: taking risk budgeting one step further

An increasing number of pension funds are opting to invest in ‘alternative’ or ‘smart beta’ indices to supplement their passive management activities. Several competing methods currently exist, each with their own objectives. Analysing the risk contribution of each factor by (...)

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Strategy How Smart is ‘Smart Beta’ Investing?

Investors increasingly embrace “smart beta” investing, by which we mean passively following an index in which stock weights are not proportional to their market capitalizations, but based on some alternative weighting scheme. Examples include fundamentally-weighted indices (...)

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Interview Philip Tindall : « We see further development of non-market cap approaches in bonds »

According to Philip Tindall, senior investment consultant at Towers Watson, there has been a lot of interest in smart betas area, and investors are beginning to allocate assets - Towers Watson’s clients have invested more than (...)

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Innovation Source launches Euro-hedged S&P 500 ETF

Source, an investment firm and a leading European provider of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), is pleased to announce the launch of a euro-hedged version of the Source S&P 500 UCITS ETF, which currently has approximately US$ 1.7 billion of assets under (...)

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Innovation Source launches Europe’s first Biotechnology ETF

Source, an investment firm and a leading provider of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), is pleased to announce the launch of the Source NASDAQ Biotech UCITS ETF, the first Europe-listed ETF to track the NASDAQ Biotechnology (...)

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Note A growing interest from investors in Smart Beta ETFs with more requirements and challenges to address

In a survey of investment professionals conducted as part of the Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “ETF and Passive Investment Strategies”, EDHEC-Risk Institute has solicited the specific views of 180 European ETF investors on (...)

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Note Lyxor research highlights the growing role of Smart Beta in new investment strategies

Lyxor Asset Management today unveils the results of a new wide-ranging study that compares the performance of European domiciled active funds with that of their benchmarks. The research highlights the growing importance of risk factors and other Smart Beta strategies in (...)

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News Credit Suisse agrees to sell ETF business to BlackRock

Credit Suisse today announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its exchange traded funds (ETF) business to BlackRock, Inc. (BlackRock). This is an important strategic step in an industry that requires significant scale, and allows Credit Suisse to realize value in a (...)

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Note Building Minimum Variance Portfolios with low risk, low drawdowns and strong returns

This paper provides an introduction to the STOXX Minimum Variance Indices and aims to achieve three things : i) an overview of minimum variance investing ii) the methodology for the construction and maintenance of the STOXX Minimum Variance Indices, highlighting the unique (...)

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