A real mixed bag of new ETFs this week includes Innovator Capital Management’s new Stacker funds, the world’s first ETFs to offer a multiple exposure on the upside, to a cap, with a single exposure to the downside, plus a new Tabula fund designed to take advantage of the steepness in investment grade credit curves. We also have several new Xtrackers funds from DWS, three additions to Invesco’s BulletShares suite, as Nasdaq next 50 ETF from VictoryShares, plus a new ‘all-in-one’ retirement ETF from Vanguards based on eight existing equity and fixed income funds.
Launches & Fundraising
Wealth management group St James’s Place has launched its new InRetirement fund range, which has been developed specifically for those looking to support a regular income through retirement.
It’s all about bonds this week with the launch of four new bond-focused ETFs – one from UBS and three new Xtrackers funds from DWS. The new UBS offering is a currency-hedged sustainable bond ETF, while the Xtrackers funds focus on global corporate bonds and short-term US government bonds. Elsewhere, Global X ETFs launched its first Japan-listed funds in partnership with Daiwa Securities, and Tabula debuted a US and European credit default swaps fund.
This week’s new ETF launches include a couple of crypto-related firsts – the launch by 21Shares of the first short bitcoin ETP on Xetra and the admission of the first bitcoin ETP on the official ‘regulated’ market of the Vienna Stock Exchange. Elsewhere, Rize launched two new thematic ETFs – food production and digital learning – Vanguard debuted three new bond funds, and AdvisorShares launched the Pure US Cannabis ETF.
The big news in terms of launches this week is T Rowe Price’s entry into the ETF space with the launch of four semi-transparent, active funds that largely mirror existing mutual fund offerings. The week’s other notable newcomers include a Connected Consumer fund from Direxion based on a Solactive index, a junior biotech ETF from Defiance ETFs, plus thee new iShares bond ETFs.
OneFamily is launching a new Sustainable Climate fund strategy that will back its new stocks and shares ISA and its existing Lifetime ISA from 1 September.
This week's new ETF launches include a two funds that herald a ‘new era’ in bond investing according to Innovator ETFs. The firm’s latest offerings are the first ever defined outcome bond ETFs providing upside exposure with built-in downside buffer levels. Elsewhere, BlackRock launched a new iShares government bonds ETF, while TD Asset Management debuted three new ‘One-Click” ETFs which invest in a strategic mix of broad market index TD ETFs and actively managed TD ETFs.
The summer lull finally descends on the ETF space this week with just one new fund launch to report – Innovator Capital's new Laddered Fund of S&P 500 Power Buffer ETFs. The new ETF of ETFs will invest equally in each of the firm's 12 monthly S&P 500 Power Buffer ETFs, which all seek to provide a buffer against the first 15 per cent of losses in the S&P 500 and upside performance to a cap over a one-year outcome period, and will rebalance semi-annually.
Litman Gregory Masters Funds, an affiliate of wealth management firm Litman Gregory Asset Management, has changed its name to PartnerSelect Funds.
In another busy week for new ETF launches, both HSBC GAM and Krane Funds brought carbon-focused products to market, the first a fund offering access to low CO2 investment opportunities and the second an ETF benchmarked to IHS Markit's Global Carbon Index.