Six issuers launch ETFs on LSE in May

Jun 25th, 2018 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

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Twenty new ETFs or ETF share classes were listed on the London Stock Exchange in May, bringing the total number of new listings (including ETPs) to 171 year-to-date.

Twenty new ETFs listed on LSE during May

New ETFs were launched on LSE by six ETF issuers during May including Lyxor, DWS, BlackRock, WisdomTree, Vanguard, and Invesco.

There are now 1,062 ETFs and 487 other ETPs listed on the exchange (as of May month end), represented by 1,567 and 579 trading lines respectively across different currency, currency-hedged and distributing or accumulating share classes.

Lyxor listed four new sustainability-focused ETFs, providing exposure to equities in the eurozone, the US, emerging markets, and globally. The funds, part of the issuer’s “Trend Leaders” suite of ETFs, target firms with high environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings as determined by index provider MSCI.

The funds are:
Lyxor MSCI EMU ESG Trend Leaders UCITS ETF (EESG LN)
Lyxor MSCI USA ESG Trend Leaders UCITS ETF (UESG LN)
Lyxor MSCI EM ESG Trend Leaders UCITS ETF (MESG LN)
Lyxor MSCI World ESG Trend Leaders UCITS ETF (WESG LN)

Lyxor also listed the Lxyor Scientific Beta Developed Long/Short UCITS ETF (MFLS LN). This fund aims to provide exposure to an equity market neutral index that is composed of a long position in a number of portfolios designed to maximise exposure to different factors and a short position in a broad market capitalization-weighted index.

DWS launched four new Xtrackers ETFs, providing exposure to equities of firms with high ESG ratings, as well as small current and expected future carbon footprints. The ETFs, which target large- and mid-cap stocks in Japan, the US, Europe and globally, also harness sustainability research from MSCI.

The funds are:
Xtrackers ESG MSCI Japan UCITS ETF (XZMJ LN)
Xtrackers ESG MSCI USA UCITS ETF (XZMU LN)
Xtrackers ESG MSCI Europe UCITS ETF (XZEU LN)
Xtrackers ESG MSCI World UCITS ETF (XZW0 LN)  

BlackRock launched the iShares MSCI India UCITS ETF (NDIA LN), providing exposure to large and mid-capitalisation stocks of the Indian equity markets. The firm also listed the iShares S&P US Banks UCITS ETF (BNKS LN) providing exposure to US equities from firms operating in the banking industry.

WisdomTree brought to market the world’s first CoCo bond ETF – the WisdomTree AT1 CoCo Bond UCITS ETF (CCBO LN) which covers contingent convertible (CoCo) bonds issued by financial institutions from developed European countries.

WisdomTree also launched the WisdomTree CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite UCITS ETF (PUTW LN), employing a strategy of selling S&P 500 put options and investing the proceeds in treasury bills.

Vanguard added the Vanguard USD Corporate 1-3 Year Bond UCITS ETF (VDUC LN), tracking the performance of shorter-term USD-denominated corporate bonds paying a fixed rate of interest.

Invesco listed the Invesco USD Floating Rate Note UCITS ETF (UFLT LN), which tracks the performance of globally issued investment grade, USD-denominated, floating rate corporate notes.

Total on-exchange value traded for ETFs and other ETPs in May 2018 was £19.1bn, down by a third compared to May 2017, while total on-exchange value traded for ETFs and other ETPs year-to-date was £118.9bn, down 14% compared to the same period in 2017.

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