ETFs Report 2014

Dark cloudsDemand for fixed income ETFs is high but there may be significant product gaps in the market, finds Nick Fitzpatrick. Investors need these filling as the possibility of interest rate changes looms.

ChinaChinese state-owned companies are now encouraged to pay out at least a third of their profits in dividends, something that has caught the imagination of exchange-traded fund investors. Stefanie Eschenbacher explores the market.

Gareth ParkerGareth Parker of Russell Indexes discusses small cap indices, the importance of index construction for investors and the limitations of the S&P 500.

ETF providers have done well to provide investors with building blocks for equity portfolios. There is now a need for more fixed income development, our ETF panel hears. Currency hedging woud also be useful. The panel also considers how regulatory changes, like the UK’s RDR, is helping the ETF market. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

Chanchal SamadderThe JPX Nikkei 400, the new Japanese index launched at the beginning of this year, has been a talking point across the world. Chanchal Samadder, head of UK sales, Lyxor ETF, discusses how it could fundamentally change the way investors allocate to Japanese equities.

DigitsThere are clear benefits of trade reporting for European ETFs and all the major market players have expressed their support. Why then, asks Nicholas Pratt, is the market nowhere close to having such a facility?

PathAs the ETF market in Europe grapples with the challenges of market structure, transparency and regulation, Fiona Moore at Northern Trust explains the role that service providers can play in advising clients of the latest developments and their impact.

UmbrellasThe ETF market is a competitive enviroment dominated by some big players, but other providers are determined to go their own way. Alix Robertson asks how these firms aim to set themselves apart in the low-cost ETF arena.

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

The FTSE Russell indices tracked by lyxor lead to fewer specific risks, fewer valuation and crowding issues and more consistent performance.

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.