The 'etffexpress Awards 2015 - The Winners' special report comprises 15 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
The etfexpress Awards 2015 for excellence among managers and service providers of exchange-traded funds celebrate the achievements of firms that contributed to another year of significant growth in assets for the sector.
The etfexpress Awards 2015 for excellence among managers and service providers of exchange traded funds celebrate the achievements of firms that contributed to another year of significant growth in assets for the sector.
Amundi is one of Europe’s leading ETF providers, with a range of 100 products within equities and fixed income. Through 2014, it had more than USD18bn of ETF assets under management, of which more than USD4bn was in fixed income ETFs.
First Trust Advisors L.P. was established as a registered investment advisor in 1991. The Chicago-based firm manages USD104.9bn of assets (as of end-2014), of which some USD33.4bn are held in ETFs. In December 2011, UK-based First Trust Global Portfolios Ltd was established to distribute its ETF product range in Europe within an affiliated Irish domiciled UCITS Company, First Trust Global Funds plc.
Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC is leading the Intelligent ETF Revolution® through its family of more than 170 domestic and international exchange-traded funds, which seek to outperform traditional benchmark indexes while providing advisors and investors access to an innovative array of focused investment opportunities.
Nikko Asset Management is positioning itself to be Asia’s premier global asset manager, and similar to other leading global players, the Tokyo-based firm excels at meeting sophisticated investors’ needs for true alpha-producing active strategies alongside cost-effective beta products.
Last year was a significant one for UBS ETRACS, the bank’s ETN platform. Its assets climbed an impressive 50 per cent to reach USD4.5bn, leading to an increase in market share from 15 per cent to 20 per cent.
London-based Source, one of Europe’s leading and most innovative independent ETF providers, offers investors a range of Emerging Market ETFs within fixed income and equities. The latter includes broad EM exposure via the Source MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (MXFS) as well as more targeted exposures to Russia and China. The Source RDX UCITS ETF tracks the performance of the Russian Depository Index, while the CSOP Source FTSE China A50 UCITS ETF was the first ETF in Europe to track China A-shares.
Whilst its clients continued to record strong inflows and expand their product range in 2014, of particular note was the work that Northern Trust undertook to assist mutual fund houses in their bid to venture into the European ETF space.
UBS Global Asset Management’s ETF business has grown in recent years to become Europe’s 4th largest ETF provider. Its ETF business has doubled over the last two years, climbing from GBP7.4bn at the start of 2013.
State Street is the largest global administrator of ETFs, servicing close to 1,000 ETFs that represent over USD600bn in AuM. State Street delivers distinctive value to its ETF clients across four dimensions: experience, capability, insight, and commitment. The firm’s best-in-class ETF servicing capability, TotalETFSM, leverages state-of-the-art technology, State Street’s global scale, and deep organisational expertise to provide individually customised solutions from the most sophisticated institutions through to ETF start-ups.
The partnership that Source has developed with PIMCO since 2011 has been highly successful. Over that period, the 10 fixed income ETFs they have created have attracted over EUR4bn in assets. Of these, six are actively managed, including the three Fixed Income cash ETFs, which have approximately EUR2.5bn in assets.
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.
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.
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.