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S-Network launches ESG based IndexAmericas

Tue, 18/04/2017 - 09:08

In their latest collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), S-Network Global Indexes, a firm that supports socially responsible investment publishing best-practice benchmark indexes in collaboration with Thomson Reuters, has created the IDB-IIC Latin America Corporate Sustainability Index (IndexAmericas). »

Steffen Scheuble, Solactive

Solactive and Equileap to launch family of gender equality indices

Tue, 11/04/2017 - 08:38

Solactive and Equileap have designed a family of indices tracking leading companies in the field of gender equality. »

Henning Kahre, Solactive

Solactive launches Canadian Bond Universe TR Index

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 08:51

Solactive has launched the Solactive Canadian Bond Universe TR Index, a broad-based index targeting the Canadian investment-grade (IG) bond market. »

Matteo Andreetto, STOXX

STOXX licenses quality dividend index to Yuanta SITC in Taiwan

Thu, 16/03/2017 - 10:04

STOXX, the operator of Deutsche Boerse Group’s index business, has licensed the iSTOXX MUTB Asia/Pacific Quality Dividend 100 to Yuanta Securities Investment Trust Company (SITC) in Taiwan to be used for a passive index fund. »

S&P Dow Jones Indices to join the next series of ETF Forum roadshows

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 13:58

The ETF Forum, the independent partnership of  ETP providers created in 2016, has announced that S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) will join the next series of adviser roadshows, which kicks off on 6 June. »

Matteo Andreetto, STOXX

STOXX licenses low carbon indices to Finnish asset owner

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 10:21

STOXX, the operator of Deutsche Boerse Group’s index business, and a global provider of tradable index concepts, has launched the STOXX Climate Impact and STOXX Climate Awareness Indices. »

Ranye Lu, Elston Consulting

Commerzbank launches Liquid Alt certificate tracking Elston index

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:04

ETF specialist Elston Consulting has licensed its Elston Strategic Beta Global Minimum Volatility index (ESBGMV) to Commerzbank for the creation of an investable certificate that tracks the index. »

Euronext launches family business index

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 12:02

Euronext has 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 Euronext. »

Matteo Andreetto, STOXX

STOXX expands fixed income offering

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 10:31

STOXX Ltd, the operator of Deutsche Boerse Group’s index business and a provider of tradable index concepts, has launched the EURO STOXX 50 Corporate Bond Sector, Rating and Maturity Bucket Sub-Indices. »

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Hang Seng launches SCHK Mainland China Banks Index

Mon, 13/02/2017 - 10:40

Hang Seng Indexes Company Limited (Hang Seng Indexes) has launched the Hang Seng SCHK Mainland China Banks Index (HSSCBI). »

MSCI launches ESG Universal Equity Indexes for long-term global investors

MSCI launches ESG Universal Equity Indexes for long-term global investors

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:32

MSCI has launched the MSCI ESG Universal Indexes and renamed two MSCI ESG Index families. »

Solactive launches Solactive SuperRegion Select Index

Tue, 07/02/2017 - 12:23

Solactive AG, the German multi-asset class index provider, has launched the Solactive SuperRegion Select Index, which consists of a smart beta concept incorporating high dividend yield shares that also exhibit low historical volatility from Asia, Europe and the US. »

Solactive launches Solactive GLD Long USD Gold Index

Tue, 07/02/2017 - 08:38

Solactive AG’s Solactive GLD Long USD Gold Index is being used as the basis for the new SPDR Long Dollar Gold Trust (GLDW) exchange traded fund, which is trading on the NYSE Arca. »

Research Affiliates launches RAFI Multi-Factor and Single-Factor indices

Wed, 01/02/2017 - 11:59

Research Affiliates has launched the RAFI Multi-Factor and Single-Factor indices, based on their latest research on equity factors. The new suite aims to provide diversified exposures through allocations to the empirically robust factor strategies of value, low volatility, quality, momentum, and size.   »

Astrid Ludwig, Solactive

Solactive launches USD and EUR high yield bond benchmarks

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 13:13

Following the launch of the Solactive Euro IG Corporate Index tracking the performance of the EUR-denominated investment grade bond market, Solactive has launched two new fixed income benchmarks, the Solactive Euro HY Corporate Index and the Solactive USD High Yield Corporate Index. »

State Street launches Brexometer Index

Thu, 19/01/2017 - 12:24

State Street has launched the Brexometer Index, commenting that following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the ‘what next’ question remains one that everyone is asking and many are trying to answer. »

WMA indices switch to MSCI

Sun, 15/01/2017 - 13:02

MSCI executive director Steve Kowal, (pictured), has been working in the wealth sector for his entire career but has spent the last three years with MSCI, most of which has been taken up by overseeing the switch of the Wealth Management Association (WMA) Private Investor Index series from FTSE to MSCI. »

Kring Progress to use STOXX indices

Tue, 03/01/2017 - 13:28

STOXX, the operator of Deutsche Boerse Group’s index business, has announced that the newly launched STOXX Europe Industry Neutral ESG and STOXX North America Industry Neutral ESG 150 indices have been licensed to Stichting Algemeen Pensioenfonds Unilever Nederland – Kring ‘Progress’ to be used as benchmarks. »

CSOP licenses S&P’s New China Sectors for ETFs

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 12:00

Index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) launched the S&P New China Sectors Index on April 13, 2016 and that index has now been licensed to CSOP Asset Management for ETFs. »

Dan Draper, Invesco PowerShares

Factor ETFs help build better outcomes

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 11:11

Dan Draper (pictured), Global Head of PowerShares by Invesco, describes factors as the building blocks of portfolios – the DNA of a portfolio's return stream.  »

François Millet, Lyxor Asset Management

A year of take-off for smart beta

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 11:05

Francois Millet (pictured), head of ETF and index product development at Lyxor says that 2016 has been the year of true take-off for smart beta in the ETF space. Millet reports that end of September saw EUR25 billion in assets in smart beta ETFs for Lyxor in Europe, with some EUR6.5 billion in flows. »

Howei Li, ETF Securities

Robot theme captures investors’ appetite

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 11:01

Almost a decade since the 2008 crisis and following an extended period of low interest rates, investors are actively looking for new ways to create wealth. Alternative sources of return such as via thematic investing, have the potential to unlock these new pockets of opportunity.  »

Beverley Chandler, etfexpress

Factoring in a smart approach

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 10:53

Smart beta indexes and the ETFs based upon them have seen huge growth over recent years. Their ability to sit midway between active and passive investment management has endeared them to an audience of investors who have been floundering in a low interest rate and expensive equity environment. »

Index investment in China

Tue, 15/11/2016 - 12:15

The complicated concept of investing in ‘China’ – In the investment world, “China” can be a complicated investment concept. It can be divided into onshore China, represented by A-shares listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE), and offshore China, represented by shares listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) and on stock exchanges in other countries.  For a long time, international investors have invested in offshore China by investing in the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index (HSCEI).   »

Blue-collar finance lies behind smart beta indexes

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:36

Richard Phillips (pictured) is Co-Founder, Senior Index Analyst, and Head of Index Operations at S-Network Global Indexes. He describes his firm as:  “Blue collar finance, not white collar fancy suits and Maserati finance. We work in the mill and produce a good product.”  »

Direxion changes index for leveraged India ETF

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 13:20

Direxion is changing the benchmark index of the Direxion Daily India Bull 3X Shares, resulting in a name change to the Direxion Daily MSCI India Bull 3X Shares. »

S-Network launches suite of benchmark indexes

Wed, 12/10/2016 - 15:46

S-Network Global Indexes has launched a new suite of nearly 70 benchmark indexes. The suite includes equity benchmarks covering US, Europe, Pacific, Developed, and Emerging Market regions, complete with sector sub-indexes.  »

Potential of Hong Kong stocks: Hang Seng HK 35

Wed, 12/10/2016 - 11:10

Share classes in Hong Kong –  Hong Kong is a globally respected financial centre that operates in line with international standards. In terms of share types, there exists another series of categories that serves as an indicator of the geographical and shareholding nature of a particular stock.  »

The difficulty in judging smart beta

Fri, 23/09/2016 - 12:00

Craig Lazzara, Global Head of Index Investment Strategy for S&P Dow Jones Indices writes that it is difficult for investors to judge smart beta, as it takes subtlety to evaluate a smart beta strategy against the claims that its vendor make. »

New AlphaClone indices look to capture high conviction hedge fund holdings

New AlphaClone indices look to capture high conviction hedge fund holdings

Wed, 14/09/2016 - 13:25

AlphaClone, a provider of alpha-seeking active indexes for long-term investors, has launched the AlphaClone Small Cap Index and AlphaClone Value Manager Index. »

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