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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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Total Return Derivatives: Can Repo Emerge as a New Asset Class?

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December 2016

Product Eurex Exchange: Index Total Return Futures (TRF)

Index Total Return Futures (TRF) are designed to offer a listed solution for trading the implied equity repo rate. Index TRFs aim to replicate the payoff profile of an Index Total Return Swaps (TRS) in a cost efficient way. The first TRF product launch will be the EURO STOXX (...)

December 2016

Product EURO STOXX 50® Total Return Futures

About Implied Repo Rate | Product Summary | Your Benefits Trading EURO STOXX 50® Total Return Futures | Product Structure | TRF Product Specifications | Motivation & Examples

November 2016

Innovation Solactive introduces global gender diversity Index Licensed to UBS

Solactive, the German multi-asset index provider, is launching the Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index which will be licensed to UBS. The index enables investors to integrate a gender-focused perspective in their investment strategies by choosing companies from a global (...)

November 2016

News Deutsche AM looks to take a lead in the strategic beta market with revamped ETF line-up

Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche AM) has re-vamped its non market capitalisation-weighted suite of ETF products, including the launch today of two new minimum volatility ETFs, as it aims to take a lead in the important strategic beta segment of the (...)

November 2016

News Amundi and TOBAM strengthen their strategic partnership

Amundi and TOBAM announce the strengthening of their strategic partnership and the increase of Amundi’s stake in TOBAM from 10.6% to 20.0%.

November 2016

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

Solactive AG, the German multi-asset index provider specialized in the creation of customized financial indices, and oekom research AG, a leading expert in ESG research and analysis, have been selected by the Federal State of Berlin to support its long-term divestment (...)

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 Horizons ETFs Actively Managed ETF Business Surpasses $3 Billion in AUM

Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. and its affiliate, AlphaPro Management Inc. (collectively "Horizons ETFs"), are pleased to announce that assets under management (AUM) for its actively managed exchange traded fund (ETF) business now exceed $3 (...)

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.

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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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Innovation VIS Essential Investments introduces VIS EFW Efficiency Index

VIS Essential Investments, an independent specialized financial boutique based in Switzerland, announces today the launch of VIS EFW Efficiency Index, tracking the performance of 150 OECD-listed companies based on their capacity to capture growth linked to Energy, Food and (...)

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Strategy An example of Quantitative Strategy: The Low Volatility approach

Low volatility indices and, more broadly, products based on quantitative strategies aiming to select only low-volatility stocks, have met with growing success with the financial community and investors. However, most of these indices have major drawbacks that cannot always (...)

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Innovation Ossiam ETF on the Risk Weighted Enhanced Commodity Ex Grains TR Index

Using its expertise in systematic asset management, in 2013, Ossiam has set up an ETF offering a long only exposure to a risk weighted enhanced commodity index, based on S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index constituents, excluding (...)

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Innovation Russell launches series of 10 factor ETFs

Russell Investments has launched the first comprehensive series of Factor ETFs designed to offer practical solutions to help sophisticated investors manage risk exposures within their portfolios

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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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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%*).

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Product Eurex Exchange: Index Total Return Futures (TRF)

Index Total Return Futures (TRF) are designed to offer a listed solution for trading the implied equity repo rate. Index TRFs aim to replicate the payoff profile of an Index Total Return Swaps (TRS) in a cost efficient way. The first TRF product launch will be the EURO STOXX (...)

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Interview Philippe Goubeault : « We could replace a benchmarked fund by a ’Smart Beta’ index »

According to Philippe Goubeault, CFO of Agirc Arrco, ’Smart Beta’ strategies can already be part of the asset allocation program of Agirc and Arrco even if their current weight in existing portfolios is not significant (...)

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Innovation State Street Global Advisors Launches the First European ETF to Provide Short Maturity Emerging Market Bond Exposure

The new ETF, which tracks the BofA Merrill Lynch 0–5 Year EM USD Government Bond ex-144a Index, looks to reflect the performance of short-maturity emerging market government debt issued in US dollars.

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Interview Yves Choueifaty : "Our Smart Beta strategy is designed to maximize diversification of any given investment universe"

According to Yves Choueifaty, Founder and President of TOBAM, The main advantage of the TOBAM’s Anti-US Credit Benchmark® is to build a portfolio without "bias" towards highly indebted issuers or those belonging to a particular (...)

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News Natixis Global Asset Management Acquires Majority Stake in OSSIAM, a Specialty ETF Start-up

NGAM wants to position itself, not on the plain-vanilla market but in the specialty ETF market...

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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.

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Innovation Accessing the US Energy Infrastructure with MLP ETFs

ETF Securities, one of the world’s leading, independent providers of exchange traded products (ETPs) has recently launched ETFS US Energy Infrastructure MLP GO UCITS ETF on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse (...)

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Innovation Source and Goldman Sachs expand range of innovative Equity Factor ETF

Source is pleased to announce the launch of the Source Goldman Sachs Equity Factor Index Europe UCITS ETF. This is the second Source ETF to be launched that provides access to Goldman Sachs’ innovative series of multi-factor indices, following the success of the Source (...)

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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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