The Retail Distribution Review has aided the recent rapid growth in ETF usage in the UK says Hector McNeil (pictured), Co-CEO, WisdomTree Europe. "Increasingly with the move to fee-based models, the alignment of the wealth adviser and investors is more apparent," he says. "It's now a much more symbiotic structure and basically the structure that they have in the US, where ETFs have taken off."
In terms of ETF assets under management, Lyxor Asset Management is in the top three in Europe, with USD54 billion in assets in ETFs, behind iShares and Deutsche Bank.
By Nitesh Shah (pictured), ETF Securities – The commodity cycle is turning. Excess supply is being cut back across a broad range of commodities. While it will take time to reduce surplus stock, the trend is now set in the right direction. Sentiment however, remains stubbornly negative as multiple years of poor performance has jaded investors. We assert that if sentiment starts to realign with fundamentals there maybe scope for strong price gains. Exchange traded products (ETPs) allow investors to capitalise on such investment themes.
By Fannie Wurtz, Amundi – The development of Smart Beta solutions has become a major field of innovation in the ETF industry: the wide range of both mono and multi-strategy ETFs allows investors to benefit from a broad choice of tools to meet different investment needs and weather changing market conditions. In the case of ETFs which track Buyback indices, investors may be able to access significant yield through a return-oriented filter to the underlying investment universe. Furthermore, stock selection can be improved with an equal-weighting scheme applied by the index provider to ensure unbiased exposure to the underlying theme.
Swiss bank UBS, headquartered in Zurich has been offering ETFs for some time across continental Europe but it was only in the last few years that they entered the UK market from which point their business has been gaining strong momentum ever since.
There are convincing signs, including the recent 18-year high of the Nikkei share index, that Abenomics is reinvigorating the world's third largest economy. The Japanese ETF industry too has enjoyed tremendous growth under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic reforms and now some leading Japanese ETF providers are courting Western investors.
Boutique asset managers favour ETFs was one of the findings of a recent survey conducted by research firm TABB Group for software company SunGard. Some 48 per cent saw ETFs as an area of significant demand from investors, with many boutique managers using ETFs as a low cost way of investing in an asset class and bolstering performance through stock picking and direct investment.
Flow Traders is a global independent ETP liquidity provider. Founded in 2004 in Amsterdam, Flow Traders today has trading operations in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the US. With a team of around 220 professionals, including over 60 traders and 10 sales traders, Flow Traders provides continuous liquidity for ETPs through its membership of more than 90 global stock exchanges and trading venues worldwide.
STOXX Ltd is a global index provider, currently calculating a global index family of over 7,000 rules-based and transparent indices. STOXX indices are licensed to more than 500 companies globally. Three of Europe’s top ETFs and 30 per cent of all European ETF AUM are based on STOXX indices.
Nomura has been an active player in the global ETF market since the early 2000s, following its debut ETF launch on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2001. From that point, its business has to a large extent been underpinned by delivering Asia Pacific products to its global client base.