ETFs Report 2013

AirplaneEnhanced index managers say they are attracting investors who want an alternative to active funds and a relatively lower risk means of gaining equity exposure, finds Judith Evans.

Mushroom cloudFund closures have increased as providers push their more popular products. Nicholas Pratt looks at the role of liquidity in ETF attractiveness.

UnicornMany years after the active versus passive debate was launched, the attacks on active managers continue. Nick Fitzpatrick reports.

Traditional institutional index funds are a major barrier to ETF success, at least in the UK pensions market, our panel on ETF industry development hears. Though smart beta could change this. Edited by Nick Fitzpatrick.

TrackNew rules require tracking errors to be disclosed in index-tracking Ucits funds. Judith Evans looks at the difficulties involved and discovers which of the methods used suit different types of investor – the short-term trader, or the long-term holder.

PresentLondon-based investors were recently granted the right to use their offshore renminbi and invest it into China under its renminbi qualified foreign institutional investor programme. Stefanie Eschenbacher finds Asian asset managers are exploring the possibilities to list their exchange-traded funds in Europe as Ucits.

ETF providers say custodians need to step up stock lending programmes to serve the European market. Our ETF operations panel discusses this obstacle to industry development, and highlights the problem of multi-market listings. Edited by Nick Fitzpatrick.

GlobeA pan-European market structure for ETFs might help reduce cost and boost liquidity. Nicholas Pratt examines the latest initiatives to create this model.

Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Smarter than beta

Jun 14, 2017

‘Smart beta’ investing is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to both conventional passive management and traditional active management.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Smart beta: Unlocking key drivers of return

Jun 14, 2017

Manuela Sperandeo, iShares Head of Specialist Sales EMEA, tells Funds Europe how investors can leverage smart beta strategies to target numerous outcomes.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Minimum variance indices: Rewriting the rules

Jun 14, 2017

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SPONSORED FEATURE: The reflationary environment

Jun 06, 2017

Funds Europe talks to Andreas Wosol about the implications of a return to reflation and why the value part of the European equity market could support investors in such an environment.

Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Finding managers that can (and do)

Apr 18, 2017

Fabrice Kremer, a fund selector at Banque de Luxembourg Investments, has berated fundamental managers for failing to beat indices, but he remains committed to active funds. He speaks to Nick...

JERSEY INTERVIEW: ‘A steady sort of place’

Mar 21, 2017

The chief executive of Jersey Finance is keen to portray the island as a stable, trustworthy jurisdiction. He talks to George Mitton.

Roundtables & Panels

TRENDING: Smart beta indices continue onward march

Jun 14, 2017

We asked five investment experts how smart beta indices have performed against cap-weighted indices over the past year and what the investment outlook suggests about the prospect for different investment factors.

SMART MONEY: Following the smart money

Jun 14, 2017

We asked six investment professionals about the emphasis they are placing on smart beta and active ETFs and how platforms are adopting these products.