FUND PERFORMANCE

Value enjoys return to the spotlight in Wide Moat form

Value enjoys return to the spotlight in Wide Moat form

Value investing is under the spotlight already this year, having spent some five to 10 years in the doldrums, outshone by its glamorous growth cousin. Brandon Rakszawski (pictured), Senior ETF Product Manager at VanEck, has noted that November 2020 saw the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index come back strongly relative to the S&P 500 Index to erase a good portion of its 2020 relative underperformance. 

FUND LAUNCH

Defiance ETFs launches into SPACs space with SPAK

Defiance ETFs launches into SPACs space with SPAK

That most fashionable, but potentially volatile, of sectors, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) has seen enormous growth so far this year, with 133 SPACs, which are also known as blank cheque companies, floated in the US, raising USD51.1 billion, nearly four times last year’s volume, and a further 67 waiting to launch, according to Spac Research. Some 80 SPACs raised more than USD32 billion in Q3 2020.

FUND LAUNCH

Rareview ETF launch focuses on closed end fund solution to yield needs

Rareview ETF launch focuses on closed end fund solution to yield needs

US-based registered investment adviser and ETF issuer, Rareview Capital LLC, is targeting the yield needs of investors with the launch of two ETFs designed to generate a high monthly income.  The Rareview Dynamic Fixed Income ETF (RDFI) and the Rareview Tax Advantaged Income ETF (RTAI) seek to combine the traditional benefits of fixed income with the non-traditional advantages of closed-end funds.

IN MY OPINION

With the wrong type of smoke signals emanating from the FCA, what does the future hold for the UK’s Financial Services sector?

With the wrong type of smoke signals emanating from the FCA, what does the future hold for the UK’s Financial Services sector?

By Allan Lane, Algo-Chain – With the news that PayPal has entered the cryptocurrency market, quickly followed by the world’s biggest ever IPO, where Ant, the financial services arm of Alibaba, raised USD34 billion from investors, it would be fair to say that 2020 has proven to be a breakthrough year for the FinTech movement.  With Alipay reputedly accounting for USD17,000,000,000,000 in online payments, and with Ant’s share issue taking place in Asia rather than the US, the sheer scale of what is at stake here will not be lost on many.

RESEARCH

ICI paper details ETF ecosystem providing smooth market functioning and price discovery during March 2020 volatility

ICI paper details ETF ecosystem providing smooth market functioning and price discovery during March 2020 volatility

Despite unprecedented market volatility in March 2020, the structures for creating, redeeming, and trading shares of ETFs – including ETF issuers, authorised participants (APs), and ETF liquidity providers – proved their resilience, according to a new paper on the Covid-19 market crisis from the Investment Company Institute (ICI) entitled “Experiences of US Exchange-Traded Funds During the Covid-19 Crisis.”