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Solactive supported close to 50 per cent of ETF launches in January


German based index providers, Solactive, report that close to 50 per cent of ETF launches in the first month of 2018 used their services.

The firm writes that there have been 55 ETF launches globally, of which 25 have involved Solactive as either creator, calculator, or administrator of the underlying index.

ETF launches have covered both the equity and fixed-income spaces, and have involved a wide array of strategies including broad-based benchmark solutions and more niche strategies, such as smart beta or thematic indices.

Examples of ETF launches based on Solactive indices have included: UBS Global Gender Equality UCITS ETF, Xtrackers High Beta High Yield Bond ETF, KraneShares Electric Vehicles and Future Mobility ETF, Mackenzie International Equity Index ETF, and ETFS Pharma Breakthrough GO UCITS ETF.

Steffen Scheuble, CEO of Solactive, says: “We are extremely happy about these results. With close to 50 per cent of the January ETF launches relying on our services, it is becoming increasingly evident that our strong focus on IT is paying off, allowing us to stay on top of the competition. With passive investing on the rise, more and more customers reach out to us looking for fast, reliable and high-quality index solutions. We look forward to continuing this journey and expanding our footprint across all continents.”

Looking forward, the company says that it is working on multiple fronts to expand its current offering of services and increasingly respond to clients’ specific needs. The aim is to offer the full value chain, from creation, calculation and maintenance of the index, to the delivery of supporting services, such as ETF services, state-of-the-art index research, factsheet generation and other reporting documentation.

Thanks to the establishment of Solactive Technologies, a subsidiary based in Dresden, Solactive is also working on integrating sophisticated automation tools and high-end technology to make services faster, more efficient and customizable. Key areas in 2018 will continue to be the enlargement of the Solactive Global Benchmark Series, the creation of innovative ESG indices with experts in this field, and the development of alternative factor indices, such as the Solactive Low Downside Volatility strategies.

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