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Smart beta specialist Ossiam hits $2bn AUM milestone

Jul 17th, 2014 | By
Smart beta specialist Ossiam hits $2bn AUM milestone

Ossiam, a leading European provider of smart beta exchange-traded funds, has revealed that assets under management have surpassed $2 billion. The Paris-based firm, which is an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management, was founded 2010 and has quickly established itself as one of the foremost providers of alternative beta strategies. Bruno Poulin, CEO of Ossiam, said: “The alternative-weighted index ETF market has developed considerably since our first fund launches in 2011. This is likely to be a long-term trend. Institutional and retail investors and their advisers have come to realise that alternative beta funds, including ETFs, can add value to their investment portfolios.”

ETF providers benefiting from meteoric rise of smart beta

May 7th, 2014 | By
First Trust rolls out European smart beta ETFs to Swiss Exchange

The rise of smart beta products in the exchange-traded funds industry is a credit positive for asset managers with smart-beta focused ETF businesses, according to new report from Moody’s, a credit ratings agency. “The expansion of smart beta will benefit asset managers with businesses centred around smart beta the most,” says Stephen Tu, Vice President, Moody’s. “Invesco’s Powershares franchise, which offers smart beta ETFs, will benefit, as will BlackRock. Guggenheim may also benefit given the majority of its ETFs are based on non-traditional indexing.”

Ossiam develops smart beta strategy for corporate bonds

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
Ossiam cross-lists smart beta corporate bond ETF on Deutsche Börse

Ossiam, a European provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), has developed a smart beta strategy for investing in corporate bonds. The strategy, which incorporates Moody’s Analytics EDF (Expected Default Frequency) credit measures, will be the first risk-based credit strategy specifically designed to provide systematic long-only exposure to a liquid portfolio of investment-grade corporate bonds. In a statement, the Paris-headquartered firm said that strategy would be easily replicable with intraday liquidity, thus making it suitable for replication via an ETF.

S&P Dow Jones launches equal weight version of S&P Europe 350

Feb 28th, 2014 | By
EFAMA dismisses concerns over ETF liquidity and counterparty risk

S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced the launch of the S&P Europe 350 Equal Weight Index (EWI) an equal weighted version of the widely followed S&P Europe 350. By attributing the same weight to each constituent, the index provides a more diversified exposure, avoiding both the dominance of a small group of large-cap stocks in the index and the trend following bias of market-cap indices. The index has the potential to serve as an underlying reference for index-linked products such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

MTS to launch RFQ trading for ETFs

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By
MTS to launch RFQ trading for ETFs

MTS, one of Europe’s largest electronic fixed income trading venues, is to launch request-for-quote (RFQ) trading for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) via its multi-dealer-to-client MTS BondVision platform. The new service will offer liquidity providers access to a diverse community of global institutional investors and will support ETF products listed on the Borsa Italiana and London Stock Exchange. ETF issuers available via platform will include Amundi, db X-trackers, ETF Securities, iShares, Lyxor, Ossiam, PowerShares, RBS, Source, SPDR and UBS.

Smart beta specialist Ossiam surpasses €1bn in assets under management

Nov 18th, 2013 | By
Smart beta specialist Ossiam hits $2bn AUM milestone

Ossiam, a leading provider of smart beta exchange-traded funds, has announced that assets under management have surpassed €1 billion. The Paris-based firm, which is an affiliate of French giant Natixis, is on track to double assets under management this year, having started 2013 with €557m. Bruno Poulin, CEO of Ossiam, said: “We are delighted to have passed the significant €1 billion milestone. Achieving it confirms our leadership position in developing ‘smart beta’ investment funds for investors.”

Low volatility ETFs: do they stack up?

Oct 12th, 2013 | By
Cambria unveils global ex-US tail risk ETF

By David Stevenson – Apologies for sounding like a broken record, but I want to return yet again to the hoary old subject of smart beta and the voguish hunt for minimal volatility. Lyxor’s recent cross-listing of the Lyxor UCITS ETF MSCI World Risk Weighted (WDRL) on the London Stock Exchange has prompted me to ascertain whether the first wave of low volatility ETFs (I include minimum volatility and minimum variance ETFs in this grouping) has actually delivered on their promise.

Commodity ETFs rally as Federal Reserve defers tapering

Sep 19th, 2013 | By
Bullish oil investors drive WisdomTree’s CRUD to $2.5bn milestone

Commodity ETFs rallied sharply higher on Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve said it would leave its quantitative easing programme unchanged, a policy largely seen as supporting commodity prices. Most risk assets reacted positively to the announcement, but gold and oil, in particular, experienced a strong bounce, with the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), the world’s largest gold ETF, adding 4.5% and the United States Oil Fund (USO), the word’s largest oil ETF, adding 2.4%.

Smart beta bandwagon makes first big pit stop in commodities space

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
Horizons ETFs launches developed markets futures ETF

By David Stevenson – Over the last decade commodity trackers have literally come from nowhere to emerge as the next big thing in the world of alternative assets. But that huge success has also thrust the humble commodity index into the spotlight – many investors still struggle to understand why the main index families are so radically different or how futures-based structures can cope with the long-term effect of the roll yield. That debate has prompted many investors to demand better indices, and a small but hardy bunch of ETP pioneers has reacted by dabbling around with what are in effect next-generation indices.

Ossiam launches world’s first smart beta risk-weighted commodity ETF

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
Columbia Threadneedle launches equity income smart beta ETFs

Ossiam, a provider of smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management, has listed the world’s first risk-weighted commodity ETF, the Ossiam Risk Weighted Enhanced Commodity ex. Grains TR UCITS ETF (CRWU). The fund is fully UCITS compliant and provides investors with systematic long-only exposure to a diversified basket of 20 commodities futures contracts (excluding grains) with reduced volatility. It has been listed on the London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana, NYSE Euronext Paris and Xetra.