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March 23

Innovation Bats Europe Launches Two New Indices Designed to Measure Impact of Brexit on UK Companies

Bats Europe, a CBOE Holdings, Inc. company and the region’s largest equities exchange operator, today announced it has launched the Bats Brexit 50/50 Indices, two new benchmark indices designed to reflect the impact of Brexit on UK (...)

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Euronext and Morningstar collaborate in European Indices and Derivatives launch

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European ETF Market flows continued their positive trend in February 2017

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March 15

News Amundi ETF ranks 3rd best collector in Europe by capturing over 10% of total market net new assets YTD

Amundi ETF attracted more than €2.2 billion net inflows since the start of the year, representing over 10% of total European market net new assets, and positioning itself as 3rd ETF provider in Europe in terms of (...)

March 10

Innovation Global X Funds Announces Launch of U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE)

Designed to track the Indxx U.S. Infrastructure Development Index, the fund holds a basket of companies involved in the maintenance and development of infrastructure projects, including those involved in construction & engineering; the production of materials and (...)

March 9

Innovation Invesco launches high-dividend, low-volatility ETFs

According to Invesco, Canadian investors are increasingly seeking income from their holdings but they may be concerned about the relatively limited opportunities within the domestic equity market. Foreign equity markets may provide greater (...)

March 9

Innovation BlackRock completes sustainable equity ETF range with launch of Japanese equity fund

BlackRock is expanding its European sustainable exchange traded fund (ETF) range, with the launch of a fund offering exposure to Japanese companies with the highest environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings.

February 23

Innovation Euronext launches Europe’s first index dedicated to Family Businesses—Euronext® Family Business Index

Euronext today announced the launch of Euronext® Family Business, the first European index dedicated to family businesses, designed to highlight the performance of 90 family companies listed in the four countries covered by (...)

February 16

News Deutsche AM enters ESG corporate bond ETF market

Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche AM) has created a fixed income ETF to provide investors with environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)-focused exposure to the euro-denominated corporate bond market.

February 15

News Solactive launches Solactive SuperRegion Select Index

Solactive AG, the German multi-asset class index provider, announces the release of the Solactive SuperRegion Select Index. The new launch consists of a smart beta concept incorporating high dividend yield shares that also exhibit low historical volatility from Asia, Europe (...)

February 8

Innovation Solactive launches Solactive SuperRegion Select Index licensed to Credit Suisse

Solactive AG, the German multi-asset class index provider, announces today the release of the Solactive SuperRegion Select Index. The new launch consists of a smart beta concept incorporating high dividend yield shares that also exhibit low historical volatility from Asia, (...)

January 26

Innovation Nomura Asset Management to launch a new ETF designed to track the performance of the “Nikkei 225 High Dividend Yield Stock 50 Index”

Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd., the core company within the Asset Management Division of the Nomura Group, announced a plan to launch a new exchange traded fund (ETF) designed to track the performance of the “Nikkei 225 High Dividend Yield Stock 50 (...)

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 (...)

December 2016

News European ETF Market flows increased in November 2016.

Net New Assets (NNA) during this month amounted to EUR4.3bn, above the year to date average of EUR3.7bn. Total Assets under Management are up 10% vs. the end of 2015, reaching EUR497bn, and including a limited market impact (...)

December 2016

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

According to Antoine Porcheret, Senior Equity & Derivative Strategist at BNP Paribas, Total Return Futures constitute a listed solution to mitigate concerns surrounding the envisaged introduction of bilateral margining for non-cleared OTC (...)

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 (...)

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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 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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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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Opinion Benchmarking: The Multi-Asset Class Exception

Ask any active fund manager about his benchmark, and he will have a ready-made answer. Even fixed-income managers have plenty of indices to choose from. The call is trickier for diversified fund managers...

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Innovation PIMCO has launched Foreign Currency Strategy Exchange Traded Fund (FORX)

PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, has listed the PIMCO Foreign Currency Strategy Exchange Traded Fund (Ticker: FORX), created to offer investors the potential to benefit from fundamental changes in global currency dynamics by diversifying away from the (...)

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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 Nomura Publishes NOMURA FIG Index

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., today announced that it will publish a new index named the NOMURA FIG Index. The index is a weighted Index based on market value including accrued interest, consisting of bank bonds issued in (...)

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Innovation Invesco launches high-dividend, low-volatility ETFs

According to Invesco, Canadian investors are increasingly seeking income from their holdings but they may be concerned about the relatively limited opportunities within the domestic equity market. Foreign equity markets may provide greater (...)

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Innovation Source and Pimco launch first actively managed low duration corporate bond ETFs

PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, and Source, a leading European provider of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), are launching the first ETFs in Europe that provide actively managed exposure to the short-dated segment of the investment grade corporate bond (...)

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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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Innovation JP Morgan launches the LifeMetrics index

To reduce the risks on the pension fund industry, JP Morgan launched the LifeMetrics index. This index is part of a global platform called "LifeMetrics" which aim is to measure and manage longevity and mortality risk (...)

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News Deutsche AM enters ESG corporate bond ETF market

Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche AM) has created a fixed income ETF to provide investors with environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)-focused exposure to the euro-denominated corporate bond market.

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News Solactive and South Pole Group launch Solactive Low Carbon Bond Index

Following the successful launch of its low carbon equity index family, Solactive AG in collaboration with South Pole Group sets the bar for fixed income low-carbon index solutions with its new Solactive SPG Euro IG Low Carbon Bond (...)

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Innovation Source announces the launch of three ETFs providing single emerging country exposure: MSCI Brazil, MSCI China and MSCI India...

These new additions to Source’s product range are the perfect complement to the existing Source emerging markets offering, which includes the MSCI Emerging Markets Source ETF and the RDX (Russia) Source ETF.

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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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