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BlackRock launches trio of ESG ETFs

Mar 9th, 2020 | By
Stephen Cohen, head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock.

BlackRock has unveiled three new ETFs in Europe as part of the issuer’s growing suite of environmental, social, and governance products. Two of the ETFs are ESG equivalents of existing iShares ETFs that provide broad exposure to eurozone equities and investment-grade USD corporate bonds, while the third ETF targets companies that are aligned with the theme of ‘smart cities’. Stephen Cohen, Head of iShares EMEA at BlackRock, commented, “Providing ESG equivalents to our flagship products while providing innovative thematic products will further steepen the ETF adoption curve.”


UBS launches MSCI China A-shares ETF

Feb 28th, 2020 | By
Andrew Walsh, Head of Passive & ETF Specialist Sales for UK & Ireland, UBS Asset Management

UBS Asset Management has launched a new ETF offering access to China’s onshore equity market. The UBS ETF (IE) MSCI China A SF UCITS ETF has listed on SIX Swiss Exchange, LSE and Xetra, and provides exposure to the MSCI China A Index of Mainland China, renminbi-traded large- and mid-cap companies. Andrew Walsh, Head of ETF & Passive Specialists – UK & Ireland, UBS Asset Management, commented, “China’s significant role in the global economy means allocations to the country are no longer a niche investing approach. Given its weight, we believe China should be treated as a standalone allocation of its own. “


Invesco unveils Europe’s first ESG-screened sterling corporate bond ETF

Feb 27th, 2020 | By
Invesco rolls out trio of multi-factor US equity ETFs

Invesco has introduced a new fixed income ETF in Europe with the launch of the Invesco GBP Corporate Bond ESG UCITS ETF (IGBE LN) on London Stock Exchange. The fund, which has been seeded with £25m and comes with an ongoing charge of 0.10%, combines Bloomberg’s fixed income indexing capabilities with MSCI’s ESG research to provide ethically screened exposure to sterling-denominated corporate bonds.


Vanguard trims fees on four US stock and bond ETFs

Feb 21st, 2020 | By
Vanguard launches euro-hedged versions of core fixed income ETFs

Vanguard has trimmed the fees charged on four of its US-listed ETFs. The funds include one US equity ETF targeting mid and small-cap stocks, and three fixed income ETFs providing exposure to the short-, mid-, and long-term segments of the USD bond market. While the fee cuts are of a magnitude of only one or two basis points, the ETFs in question are substantial, ranging from $4.8 billion to $21.9bn in assets under management.


Lyxor lists SEK-hedged euro corporate bond SRI ETF on Nasdaq Stockholm

Feb 17th, 2020 | By
Lyxor cross-lists global Paris-aligned climate ETF on Nasdaq Stockholm

Lyxor has cross-listed the Lyxor Euro Corporate Bond UCITS ETF on Nasdaq Stockholm. The ETF is linked to the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI EUR Corporate Liquid SRI Sustainable Index, which provides exposure to the euro-denominated corporate bond market while incorporating socially responsible selection criteria. The new listing hedges currency exposure between the euro and the Swedish krona.


Why adding an ESG tilt to your high-yield bond portfolio could be beneficial

Feb 17th, 2020 | By
Cleaning up ETF ESG Greenwashing

By the Cross Asset and ETF Research Team at Lyxor Asset Management.

High-yield bonds could be a useful addition to many investors’ portfolios as they offer attractive return potential and good diversification benefits. And yet they’re not without risk. One way to reduce the risk of such an allocation could be to invest in an index that takes ESG criteria into account in its construction process.


Lyxor rolls out trio of high-yield SRI bond ETFs

Feb 13th, 2020 | By
Philippe Baché, Head of Fixed Income at Lyxor ETF

Lyxor has launched three new fixed income ETFs providing exposure to US dollar-denominated, euro-denominated, and global high-yield corporate bond markets while incorporating sustainability criteria. The funds are based on Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Sustainable SRI Indices and are being rolled out on the LSE and Borsa Italiana. Philippe Baché, Head of Fixed Income at Lyxor ETF, commented, “By applying an ESG lens to the high yield bond universe, we are able to provide a significant move away from parent indices offering a potentially more conservative risk profile.”


Amundi powers past €50bn AUM

Feb 3rd, 2020 | By
Fannie Wurtz, Head of Amundi ETF, Indexing and Smart Beta

Europe’s largest asset manager Amundi has announced that its ETF business surpassed the €50 billion assets under management threshold in 2019. The milestone was reached through a combination of healthy market performance and robust net inflows with Amundi noting that demand was particularly strong for its suites of low-cost core and socially responsible ETFs. Fannie Wurtz, Head of Amundi ETF, Indexing and Smart Beta, commented, “In a highly dynamic market environment, these strong results demonstrate investors’ continued confidence in Amundi ETF and confirm our position as a leading ETF provider.”


Vanguard launches global bond ETF in Canada

Jan 28th, 2020 | By
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Vanguard has launched a new fixed income ETF on Toronto Stock Exchange, providing low-cost exposure to a globally diversified portfolio of bonds issued across multiple sectors. The Vanguard Global Aggregate Bond Index (CAD-hedged) ETF (VGAB CN), which comes with a management fee of 0.30%, is designed to serve as a one-ticket solution covering the entire global investment-grade bond space.


Invesco launches Europe’s cheapest ultra-short US Treasury ETF

Jan 28th, 2020 | By
Invesco rolls out trio of multi-factor US equity ETFs

Invesco has broadened its range of US Treasury bond ETFs with the launch of the Invesco US Treasury Bond 0-1 Year UCITS ETF on the London Stock Exchange. The fund is linked to the Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury Coupons Index and comes with an expense ratio of just 0.06%, becoming Europe’s cheapest ETF to focus on Treasury securities at the shortest end of the maturity curve.