‘ United Kingdom ’

Amundi builds out ‘Prime’ range with UK mid & small-cap and US Treasury ETFs

Jul 22nd, 2020 | By
Amundi converts its physical S&P 500 ETF to ESG

Amundi has expanded its range of ‘Prime’ ETFs with the launch of two new funds providing low-cost exposure to UK mid- and small-cap equities and to short-duration US Treasury bonds. The funds have been priced in line with existing Prime-branded ETFs and come with expense ratios of just 0.05%. Fannie Wurtz, Head of Amundi ETF, Indexing and Smart Beta, commented, “When we launched our industry-leading low-cost range of ETFs last year, we committed to listening to our clients and developing solutions to match their needs. These new funds offer investors the opportunity to complement their portfolios with additional cost-effective core ETF exposures.”


Spotting trends: Sectors to consider in a changed world

Jul 10th, 2020 | By
Matthew J Bartolini, Head of SPDR Americas Research

By Matthew J. Bartolini, Head of SPDR Americas Research, State Street Global Advisors.

Apart from the human tragedy of COVID-19, the pandemic has created a new trend line for our society by disrupting every aspect of our daily routines, from how we make purchases and consume energy to how we stay connected. Some of these trends were in place before the pandemic. But now, they are likely to be amplified as we transition to a new world order.


ETF allocations shift as UK government sells negative-interest gilts for first time

May 21st, 2020 | By
UK government sells negative-interest gilts for first time

The UK Debt Management Office, the executive agency responsible for carrying out the UK government’s debt management, has sold gilts with negative yields for the first time in its history. The pricing of the issuance is a manifestation of the disruption Covid-19 has wrought upon the global economy and financial markets with accompanying investment portfolio asset allocation shifts being reflected in ETF markets.


Restrictive ETF classification proposal prompts fightback

May 18th, 2020 | By
A group of dominant asset managers is attempting to commandeer the ETF label.

A proposal by a cabal of dominant ETF issuers that calls on exchanges to adopt a new naming convention for exchange-traded products has prompted a backlash from smaller, innovative rivals who claim the move is anti-competitive.


ETFs profit as global markets rebound in April

May 1st, 2020 | By
ETFs profit as global markets rebound in April

After experiencing one of the worst quarterly performances on record, financial markets rebounded strongly in April as investors bet that the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the global economy will be transient. ETFs providing exposure to developed and emerging market equities, investment-grade bonds, and high-yield debt all notched up sizable gains; however, some analysts are wondering if the rally has run too far.


WisdomTree adds multifactor tilt to three more equity income ETFs

Apr 27th, 2020 | By
WisdomTree adds multifactor screen to equity income ETFs

WisdomTree has announced changes to its suite of European-listed equity income ETFs, incorporating a multifactor process into three more funds to tilt portfolios towards value, quality, and momentum risk premia. The updated methodology will take effect next week and will apply to funds providing exposure to European, UK, and emerging market equities.


BlackRock adds three ultrashort duration bond ETFs to ESG suite

Mar 20th, 2020 | By
Cleaning up ETF ESG Greenwashing

BlackRock has broadened its sustainable fixed income offering in Europe with the launch of three ultrashort duration bond ETFs that screen issuers according to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria. The funds, which are ESG equivalents of existing iShares UCITS ETFs, are linked to Markit iBoxx indices and provide exposure to short-maturity corporate bonds issued in US dollars, euros, or pound sterling.


Invesco launches sterling corporate bond ETF on LSE

Mar 13th, 2020 | By
Invesco launches sterling corporate bond ETF on LSE

Invesco has expanded its range of fixed income ETFs in Europe with the launch of a sterling corporate bond fund. The Invesco GBP Corporate Bond UCITS ETF (IGCB LN) has listed on the London Stock Exchange and comes with an expense ratio of 0.10%. The fund is linked to the Bloomberg Barclays Sterling Liquid Corporate Bond Index.


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.


Investing in UK equities shouldn’t be so taxing

Jan 28th, 2020 | By
Investing in UK equities shouldn’t be so taxing

By the ETF research team at Invesco.

With the Brexit leaving date quickly approaching, how is your portfolio positioned? If you are considering gaining exposure to UK equities, do you want to focus on the largest companies (FTSE 100) that generate earnings from all around the world or medium-sized companies (FTSE 250) that generate more of their earnings from domestic markets? Whatever your view, a passive ETF can offer efficient, low-cost exposure to the index.