ETFs Report 2012

SweetsChina and Brazil exchange-traded funds are reaching critical mass, driven by increasing investor sophistication. Muriel Oatham finds that emerging markets have become a bigger part of people’s portfolios in recent years, but Bric funds may provide limited diversification benefits.

Regulatory scrutiny has put the focus on stock lending. Funds Europe asked a range of exchange-traded fund providers for reaction to this issue and others raised by the European Securities and Markets Authority.

Waving flagThe number of fixed income exchange-traded funds has grown, helped by investors seeking lower risk investments and diversification away from active funds. Muriel Oatham asks whether products are really new and innovative if providers are using ideas from America.

The growth of exchange-traded funds has been steady for the past three years. But according to our panel, new products are being launched with a closer eye on risk and perfomance components. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

BetaIn the last few years smart indexing has grown in popularity with fund managers. Barney Hatt looks at what the concept means, what providers are doing with it and what use investors can make of it.

LabNoël Amenc of the Edhec-Risk Institute examines risk in smart beta indices and argues that not enough information is made available for investors to assess products.

MakeupNicholas Pratt looks at the role asset services can play to help struggling exchange-traded funds reach sufficient liquidity.

WheatDividends are becoming central to equity investment strategies in the low-growth environment. Barney Hatt looks at how the ETF world is responding.

Sponsored articles

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Executive Interviews

CEO INTERVIEW: Munro gains three-year track record

Mar 16, 2017

Aviva Investors’ annual results this month were the third set since Euan Munro took over as CEO. Nick Fitzpatrick speaks to him about the ‘Aims’ fund at the heart of the firm’s outcome strategy.

DISTRIBUTION INTERVIEW: Tales of the unexpected

Mar 16, 2017

Laurence Terryn, a fund selector at Candriam, tells David Stevenson how the twists and turns of the past year’s macro environment flavoured her approach to fund selection.

Roundtables

ASSET SERVICING ROUNDTABLE: Under pressure

Mar 07, 2017

Funds Europe speaks to leading Luxembourg industry figures about the growing regulatory demands on asset servicers and how to remain profitable in spite of major investments in technology.

SEC LENDING ROUNDTABLE: Both a borrower and a lender be

Jan 11, 2017

Industry heavyweights, including agent lenders, discuss issues affecting the securities lending sector such as regulation and the types of collateral being used.