Rahul Sen Sharma, Managing Partner at Indxx comments that there has already been some opportunity for index providers to experience dealing with geo-political situations as they had to react to sanctions on China.
Index provider FTSE Russell has launched a comprehensive range of technology focused thematic indexes based on universes including the FTSE Global All Cap, Russell 3000, FTSE All-Share Ex Investment Trusts, and FTSE AIM All-Share.
South Korean firm Qraft Technologies has just undergone its August rebalancing for its three core funds: AMOM, a momentum ETF, QRFT, an ETF focused on delivering alpha, and NVQ, a value ETF focused on uncovering the next value stocks in the market.
Index provider Solactive writes that the COVID-19 pandemic required businesses to innovate on short notice, catalysing business transformations in the entire global healthcare ecosystem and the strain on healthcare providers’ infrastructure, workforce, and supply chain management exposed inefficiencies, which are valeted by new companies disrupting traditional healthcare systems.
Among all passive ETFs launched on US stock exchanges year-to-date, four out of the 10 largest (measured by AuM inflows) are tracking Solactive indices, while two Solactive indices even range in the top-five.
London-based index provider Foxberry Ltd (Foxberry) has expanded its Sustainability Consensus index offering into the US markets, developing the range further following the launch of the European offering in September.
New York City’s Nasdaq exchange launched in 1971, bringing electronic trading to the world, and there are some old photos on their website of what HiTech looked like, back when HiFi was a new thing and WiFi was a long way off in the future.
‘How diversified are emerging market indexes?’ asks Steven Schoenfeld (pictured), founder and CIO of BlueStar Indexes. He believes that there is an elevated level of risk in many emerging market indexes as they are less diversified than many investors realise.
Assets tracking Scientific Beta’s smart beta indices reached USD43 billion at 31 December 2018, an increase of USD18 billion (72 per cent) on the 31 December total.
Having returned a total of 51 per cent in the prior two years, ROBO Global’s Robotics & Automation Index declined 22 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2018 on the back of what the company describes as a 'perfect storm of monetary tightening, geopolitical uncertainty, and fears of a slowing US economy'.