European white-label ETF and ETC platform HANetf broadened its horizons this week with news of its first five launches on the SIX exchange in Switzerland offering investors transparent and liquid exposure to long-term social, medical and technological ‘megatrends’. Elsewhere, bonds where the focus for both KraneShares and DWS with the former launching a new Chinese bond market ETF, and the latter a brace of funds offering access to US government and Eurozone bonds. JP Morgan meanwhile launched two new active transparent equity ETFs.
New Global ETF Launches
The pick of this week’s new ETF launches saw veteran event-driven manager Water Island Capital make its debut in the space with the AltShares Merger Arbitrage ETF, which is designed to offer exposure to a proven, ‘pure play’ merger arbitrage strategy capable of capitalising on the idiosyncratic opportunities in today’s uncertain environment. Elsewhere, CI Investments debuted an Altrenative Enhanced Yield ETF, LHA launched the second in a planned Market State Shares family of alternative ETF strategies, while BlackRock launched a new iShares Corporate Bond ETF on Xetra and ROBO Global listed its AI fund on the NYSE…
Lyxor clearly has an eye on investors who have are looking to the future with the launch this week of a suite of five new Thematic ETFs offering access to the investment themes and megatrends reshaping industries across the globe – the digital economy, disruptive technology, future mobility, smart cities, and the consumption habits of Millennials. Elsewhere this week, UBS launched a new sustainable ETF while Water Island Capital debuted a merger arbitrage fund.
In a fairly quiet week for new ETF launches, UBS responded to the seemingly ever-increasing demand for ESG investment products with the launch of two sustainable investing funds on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt. Elsewhere, Brompton launched two new actively managed dividend ETFs focused on real asset and low volatility securities, while First Trust also launched a new actively managed fund sub-advised and managed by TCW Investment Management Company.
The big news in terms of new ETFs this week is the launch by ETF industry giant BNY Mellon of its very first exchange traded funds, a suite of three Morningstar-benchmarked equity ETFs. Elsewhere, Lyxor launched a range of five sustainable investing funds on Xetra and Borse Frankfurt, while BlackRock debuted a new government bonds iShares, also on Xetra and Norse Frankfurt.
The pick of this week’s new ETFs is the ‘milestone’ launch by BlackRock of a suite of three new iShares funds that combine environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues with the growing demand for minimum volatility factor strategies. BlackRock says it expects the sustainable indexing sector to attract USD1.2 trillion in new assets in the next decade. Elsewhere, UBS debuted a new Chinese government bonds ETF and Lyxor a fund based on the DAX 50 ESG index, with both making their bow on Xetra.
With two weeks of new launches to cover given last week’s Easter break, a mixed bag of newcomers includes two bond-focussed offerings from Inveso – a short-dated US government bond fund and a GBP corporate bonds ETF. Elsewhere, BNY Mellon debuted a suite of eight funds designed to cover the core exposures in a typical asset allocation strategy, while ETFMG and Wedbush teamed up to debut a new fund covering the cloud computing sector.
In another predictably quiet week for ETF launches, Lyxor was ‘on-trend’ with the debut of a new suite of ‘ecosystem’ funds designed to be consistent with the carbon emission reduction targets of the Paris Agreement of 2015. Lyxor says the ETFs, which track MSCI's Climate Change indices, provide investors with access to European, US, Emerging Markets and World equity exposures in a 'simple, transparent and cost-effective way'.
With the global coronavirus crisis still causing challenges for the global financial sector, there’s just a single ETF launch to report on this week, a new iShares ETF from BlackRock on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt providing investors with access to corporate bonds with a focus on sustainability.
In a quiet week for ETF launches BlackRock kept things ticking over with the debut of not one fund, but a suite of three three ultrashort bond environmental, social and governance products. The new funds are all versions of existing iShares UCITS ETFs but with revised ESG criteria which explicitly excludes issuers involved in controversial weapons, nuclear weapons, conventional weapons, civilian firearms, tobacco, adult entertainment, alcohol, gambling, nuclear power, genetically modified organisms, oil sands and thermal coal…