China ETF specialist firm KraneShares has prepared a detailed outlook for the state of China’s economy, capital markets, politics, and favourite themes for 2021. This comes as figures reveal that China’s economy grew 6.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of the year.
ETF data provider TrackInsight has launched ESG ETF platform, ESG Observatory, on the back of the huge growth in demand for ESG ETFs observed during 2020.
Germany’s Deutsche Börse has published its review of its ETP business for 2020, noting that sustainability, thematic and cryptocurrencies ETFs dominated the year.
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.
Research conducted by Cerulli Associates finds that thematic ETFs enjoyed a boom over 2020 and their popularity is set to continue over 2021. Net flows into sector-themed equity products during the first 10 months of 2020 amounted to EUR89 billion (USD108 billion), more than triple the net sales for 2019. Assets under management amounted to EUR512.4 billion at the close of October 2020, the firm says.
Morningstar's Q4 2020 European ETF asset flows report finds record breaking levels in ESG and thematics
Morningstar reports in its European ETF Asset Flows Update for the fourth quarter of 2020 that European ETFs closed 2020 breaking through the EUR1 trillion barrier in assets.
News came in early January that SIX, the Swiss Stock Exchange, had registered the listing of HANetf’s BTCE ETP by ETC Group, further strengthening its position at the forefront of the provision of crypto ETPs.
Value investing gets another outing and a different look with Distillate Capital’s Value Investing 2.0 approach.
JPMorgan Asset Management, its Shanghai-based joint venture, China International Fund Management, and investment platform Snowball Finance, have published a survey of the current ETF landscape in China.
Data from TrackInsight shows the global ETF market finished 2020 at a record high of USD7.6 trillion, across 6,518 ETFs. A combination of strong equity market performance coupled with accelerating investor inflows contributed to the new record, the firm says.
New ETF index provider, Blue Horizon Capital, working with Exchange Traded Concepts, is launching the Blue Horizon BNE ETF, focusing on the new energy economy.
Since launching active ETFs in the summer, Agility Shares has raised close to USD51 million. The ETFs are managed by USD2.1 billion Toews Asset Management and Dan Kullman (pictured), Director of Education and Training at the firm explains that the majority of the asset raise has been in THY, the firm’s Agility Shares Dynamic Tactical Income ETF, while the smaller asset base has gone into MRSK, the Agility Shares Managed Risk ETF, designed to attempt to lower drawdowns and lessen risk without capping any potential gains.
2020 has been the year in which the UK’s Church of England went into the index business, with the January launch on the London Stock Exchange of the FTSE-TPI Climate Transition Index.
2020 was quite the year for ETFs, as assets continued to roll in, and many firms predict that 2021 will continue on much the same course.
Another week and another crypto launch for Switzerland’s SIX Exchange with the arrival of CoinShares with its new physically backed ETP, CoinShares Physical Bitcoin (BITC).
Refinitiv’s Lipper team reports that ETF promoters in Europe experienced estimated net inflows of EUR23.2 billion for December, while assets under management in the European ETF industry (EUR992.6 billion) increased during December.
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.”
European investors are prioritising climate-linked products in an ETF format, according to Cerulli Associates. Targeting portfolio holdings that focus on minimising carbon usage or being free from fossil fuels is set to be the most popular approach to incorporate ESG factors into ETFs, the firm says, with 86 per cent of the ETF issuers in Europe that responded to a survey believing it will be the case.
Geographically diverse, knowledgeable and inspirational speakers dominate etfLIVE North America digital summit
The inaugural etfLIVE North America digital summit saw a huge geographical spread across the US, with speakers drawn from Texas, Nebraska, the twin cities, San Francisco, Chicago, Ottawa, the UK and of course New York.
Lyxor ETF has released its latest Money Monitor report, which provides an analysis of flows in European open-ended funds and ETFs. The report also looks at the main investment trends observed over the past month.
It's seconds out for Dave Wagner, CFA and Brad Rapking this week, CFA portfolio managers at Aptus Capital Advisors, as they get stuck into the potential impact of the US election on the ETF space…