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ETF trends to watch in 2020

Jan 31st, 2020 | By
Jason Xavier, Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments.

By Jason Xavier, Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Investors’ appetite across the globe for ETFs was strong in 2019 and shows little sign of slowing. The tailwind for ETFs going into not only a new year but a new decade couldn’t be stronger. Last year, global ETF assets under management surpassed $6 trillion, and in Europe, we broke $1 trillion in AUM. I’ve identified some themes that could continue/materialize in 2020 for ETFs globally.


Franklin Templeton launches active multi-asset long/short ETF

Dec 24th, 2019 | By
Patrick O'Connor, Global Head of ETFs at Franklin Templeton Investments

Franklin Templeton has expanded its actively managed line-up with the addition of its first alternative ETF. The Franklin Liberty Systematic Style Premia ETF (FLSP US) seeks to deliver absolute return – positive returns in rising or falling markets – by employing a multi-asset, long/short strategy. Patrick O’Connor, Global Head of ETFs for Franklin Templeton Investments, commented, “We are thrilled to bring our first alternative ETF to the market. FLSP is unique due to our intentional focus on building an alternative investment while seeking to minimize any correlation to traditional equity and fixed income asset classes.” The fund has listed on NYSE Arca and comes with an expense ratio of 0.65%.


BMO’s European ETF retreat raises questions for industry

Nov 27th, 2019 | By
BMO to close European ETF business

BMO Global Asset Management is to withdraw from the European ETF market. In a letter to shareholders in its ETFs, the asset manager announced its intention to close all of its London-listed ETFs and cease managing ETFs domiciled in Europe. It said the decision was based on a variety of factors, including the current level of assets under management and projected asset growth in the current market environment. The ETF closures raise some important questions with respect to fund due diligence and issuer viability.


Non-transparent active ETFs get regulatory nod

Nov 18th, 2019 | By
David Mann, Head of Capital Markets, Global Exchange-Trade Funds, at Franklin Templeton Investments

By David Mann, Head of Capital Markets, Global Exchange-Traded Funds, at Franklin Templeton Investments.

The menu of types and styles of exchange-traded funds available to investors keeps growing. The Securities and Exchange Commission just approved four proposals for a new type of exchange-traded fund: non-transparent, active ETFs.


The role of active ETFs

Oct 31st, 2019 | By
Jason Xavier, Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments.

By Jason Xavier, Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets, at Franklin Templeton.

Many investors associate ETFs with passive styles of investing. But that isn’t always the case – today, there are a range of different types of ETFs available in the marketplace beyond the traditional passive, capitalization-weighted funds that first came on the scene.


Franklin Templeton registers European domiciled ETFs for distribution in key Nordic markets

Sep 2nd, 2019 | By
Caroline Baron, Head of ETF Sales EMEA, Franklin Templeton.

Franklin Templeton has registered its European domiciled ETFs for distribution in key Nordic markets. “We are delighted to register our 14 UCITS ETFs in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden…a natural step in the expansion of our European ETF platform,” said Caroline Baron, Head of ETF Sales EMEA at Franklin Templeton.


Franklin Templeton cuts fees on three ETFs

Aug 2nd, 2019 | By
BlackRock slashes fee on US dividend ETF

Franklin Templeton has reduced the fees charged on three of its Franklin LibertyShares ETFs listed in the US. The funds concerned include two smart beta equity products (part of the LibertyQ range) and an actively managed international aggregate bond ETF.


LSE reports 16 new ETF listings in June

Jul 19th, 2019 | By
LSE reports 10 new ETF listings in October

Sixteen new ETFs/ETPs or additional ETF share classes were listed on the London Stock Exchange in June 2019. ETF providers introducing new products included Franklin Templeton, Invesco, Ossiam, Vanguard, VanEck, and Krane Fund Advisors.


Franklin Templeton launches two actively managed Canadian fixed income ETFs

Jul 8th, 2019 | By
Franklin Templeton active fixed income ETFs

Franklin Templeton Canada has launched two actively managed fixed income ETFs on Toronto Stock Exchange. The Franklin Liberty Core Plus Bond ETF (FLCP CN) and Franklin Liberty Short Duration Bond ETF (FLSD CN) seek to provide moderate to high income while preserving capital by investing in a range of Canadian fixed income securities, including federal and provincial government and corporate bonds, debentures and short-term notes.


Franklin Templeton unveils passive EM country ETFs in Europe

Jun 4th, 2019 | By
Caroline Baron, Head of ETF Sales EMEA, Franklin Templeton.

Franklin Templeton has launched its first purely passive ETFs in Europe, a suite of four single-country funds providing exposure to the equity markets of Brazil, China, South Korea, and India. The funds are linked to capped, market capitalisation-weighted indices from FTSE Russell and come with total expense ratios of between 0.09% and 0.19%. Caroline Baron, Head of ETF Sales EMEA, Franklin Templeton, said, “We are delighted to introduce these four new emerging markets country passive ETFs at the lowest fees, to European investors.”