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Khor Hock Seng to step down as CEO Aviva Asia

Khor Hock Seng to step down as CEO Aviva Asia

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 14:09

Khor Hock Seng (pictured), Chief Executive Officer, Aviva Asia and Friends Provident International (FPI), will leave the Group at the end of October to join Great Eastern as its Group Chief Executive Officer, based in Singapore. »

Hector McNeil, WisdomTree

RDR aids ETF growth in the UK

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 13:45

The Retail Distribution Review has aided the recent rapid growth in ETF usage in the UK says Hector McNeil (pictured), Co-CEO, WisdomTree Europe. "Increasingly with the move to fee-based models, the alignment of the wealth adviser and investors is more apparent," he says. "It's now a much more symbiotic structure and basically the structure that they have in the US, where ETFs have taken off." »

Arnaud Llinas, Lyxor Asset Management

Pioneer ETF firm offers essential range

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 13:41

In terms of ETF assets under management, Lyxor Asset Management is in the top three in Europe, with USD54 billion in assets in ETFs, behind iShares and Deutsche Bank. »

Nitesh Shah, ETF Securities

Asserting fundamentals over sentiment

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 13:38

By Nitesh Shah (pictured), ETF Securities – The commodity cycle is turning. Excess supply is being cut back across a broad range of commodities. While it will take time to reduce surplus stock, the trend is now set in the right direction. Sentiment however, remains stubbornly negative as multiple years of poor performance has jaded investors. We assert that if sentiment starts to realign with fundamentals there maybe scope for strong price gains. Exchange traded products (ETPs) allow investors to capitalise on such investment themes. »

Fannie Wurtz, Amundi

Investing smart with buyback ETFs

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 13:34

By Fannie Wurtz, Amundi – The development of Smart Beta solutions has become a major field of innovation in the ETF industry: the wide range of both mono and multi-strategy ETFs allows investors to benefit from a broad choice of tools to meet different investment needs and weather changing market conditions. In the case of ETFs which track Buyback indices, investors may be able to access significant yield through a return-oriented filter to the underlying investment universe. Furthermore, stock selection can be improved with an equal-weighting scheme applied by the index provider to ensure unbiased exposure to the underlying theme. »

Andrew Walsh, UBS

Currency hedged ETFs boom under Swiss care

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 13:29

Swiss bank UBS, headquartered in Zurich has been offering ETFs for some time across continental Europe but it was only in the last few years that they entered the UK market from which point their business has been gaining strong momentum ever since.  »

Koei Imai, Nikko Asset Management

Abenomics invigorates Japanese ETFs

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 13:24

There are convincing signs, including the recent 18-year high of the Nikkei share index, that Abenomics is reinvigorating the world's third largest economy. The Japanese ETF industry too has enjoyed tremendous growth under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic reforms and now some leading Japanese ETF providers are courting Western investors.  »

Beverly Chandler, etfexpress

ETF usage by wealth managers in the UK is on the rise

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 13:15

Boutique asset managers favour ETFs was one of the findings of a recent survey conducted by research firm TABB Group for software company SunGard. Some 48 per cent saw ETFs as an area of significant demand from investors, with many boutique managers using ETFs as a low cost way of investing in an asset class and bolstering performance through stock picking and direct investment. »

Finvex Group acquires LuxHedge

Finvex Group acquires LuxHedge

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 09:47

Finvex Group, the Brussels based independent financial consulting boutique, has acquired 100 per cent of LuxHedge, the Luxembourg-based alternative UCITS funds data provider. »

UCITS see net outlfows of EUR17bn in June, says EFAMA

UCITS see net outlfows of EUR17bn in June, says EFAMA

Tue, 01/09/2015 - 07:50

Sales of UCITS posted net outflows of EUR17 billion in June, compared to net inflows of EUR36 billion in May, according to the latest investment funds factsheet from the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).  »

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