New BlackRock service to slash ETF costs -continued

February 10, 2012--BlackRock is to launch a best execution service designed to lower the costs of owning exchange traded funds (ETFs) at a time when fees and charges are coming under increasing scrutiny.
Leland Clemons, previously head of iShares’ ETF capital markets based in the US, will head the service in the newly created role of head of capital markets, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

‘We will help clients lower the costs of ownership by more efficient trading and lowering the costs of entry,’ said Leland. ‘If you buy something cheaper, this helps save eating into returns over time.’

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Source: City Wire


Europe ETP News
Source announces changes to management team
March 27, 2-15--Source, an investment firm and one of the market-leading European providers of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), announces two significant changes to its management team.
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ESMA-Draft technical standards under Article 10a(8) of MiFID on the assessment of acquisitions and increases in qualifying holdings in investment firms
March 27, 2015--Summary
Article 10b(4) of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID ) requires Member States to make publicly available the information necessary to carry out the assessment of a proposed acquirer of an investment firm.
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IMF Working paper-Spillovers in the Nordic Countries
March 27, 2015--Summary: Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden form a tightly integrated region which has strong ties with the euro area as well as some exposure to Russia.
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Russia business sentiment bounces back in March
March 27, 2015--Russian business sentiment improved in March from a record low in the previous month, although a further decline in orders suggests that the recovery may be short-lived, according to the MNI Russia Business Sentiment Indicator.
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Unscheduled adjustment in MDAX: CTS Eventim AG & Co. KGaA to replace TUI AG
March 27, 2015--Deutsche Börse today announced adjustments to its indices MDAX and SDAX.
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London launches Europe's first yuan money market fund
March 26, 2015--The London Stock Exchange has launched a yuan-denominated money market fund, allowing investors direct access to the Chinese interbank lending market.
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Monetary Developments in the Euro Area
March 26, 2015--The annual growth rate of the broad monetary aggregate M3 increased to 4.0% in February 20151, from 3.7% in January 2015 (revised down from the previous release)2.
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STOXX Launches Daily Currency Hedged Versions Of Key Indices
EURO STOXX 50 Daily GBP Hedged and EURO STOXX 50 Daily USD Hedged Indices licensed to Lyxor ETF
March 26, 2015--STOXX Limited, a leading provider of innovative, tradable and global index concepts, today introduced daily currency hedged versions of the EURO STOXX 50, EURO STOXX, EURO STOXX Select Dividend 30, STOXX Europe 600 and STOXX Europe Select Dividend 30 indices.
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Finansinspektionen Supervision of the securities market
March 26, 2015--Three key areas are the focus of FI's new report Supervision of the securities market; financial infrastructure, transparency on the securities market as well as new rules for market supervision and the enforcement of financial information.
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IMF-Ireland: Selected Issues
March 25, 2015--TECHNICAL CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTING EU FISCAL RULES IN IRELAND-A.Introduction
1. Ireland is expected to exit the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) in 2015.1 From a peak of 13.3 percent of GDP in 2010, the overall deficit was brought down to an estimated 3.9 percent of GDP in 2014.
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EDHEC-Risk's annual European ETF Survey confirms high satisfaction levels and increasing interest in products tracking smart beta indices
March 25, 2015--EDHEC-Risk Institute has announced the results of the EDHEC European ETF Survey 2014, a comprehensive survey of 222 European ETF investors.
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Draft guidelines on complex debt instruments and structured deposits
March 24, 2015--Who should read this paper
This paper is primarily of interest to competent authorities and firms that are subject to MiFID, in particular, investment firms and credit institutions performing investment services and activities.
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Three new db x-trackers ETFs launched on Xetra
ETFs provide access to small, mid and large cap US stocks
March 24, 2015-Three new db x-trackers ETFs from the product family section of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management have been tradable in Deutsche Börse's XTF segment on Xetra since Monday.
Name: db x-trackers S&P 500 UCITS ETF (Prospective DR)
Asset class: equity index ETF
ISIN: IE00BM67HW99
Ongoing charges: 0.30%
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Trafigura defends traders against European capital regulations
March 23, 2015--A crash in oil prices has once again proven the resilience of trading houses and shown there is no need to put them under strict capital requirement regulations, research funded by trading house Trafigura showed on Monday.
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Deutsche Bank Said to Weigh Shrinking Securities Unit
March 23, 2015--Deutsche Bank AG, which runs Europe's biggest investment bank, is looking at shrinking its trading businesses as it reviews three options to boost the firm's profitability, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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ESMA-Call for evidence on private and bilateral SFIs
March 20, 2015--Summary
This call for evidence should be read by all those involved in the EU securitisation markets. It is particularly targeted at the following market participants and the groups and trade associations who represent them:
Issuers, originators and sponsors of Structured Finance Instruments (SFIs);
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EBA consults on exposures to shadow banking
March 19, 2015--The EBA launched a public consultation on its guidelines proposing criteria to set limits on EU institutions' exposures to shadow banking entities.
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New iShares ETF launched on Xetra
ETF provides access to UK real estate sector
March 19, 2015--A new iShares ETF from BlackRock's product offering has been tradable in Deutsche Börse's XTF segment on Xetra since Thursday.
Name: iShares MSCI Target UK Real Estate UCITS ETF
Asset class: equity index ETF
ISIN: DE000A14PKP1
Ongoing charges: 0.40 percent
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ESMA sees increased convergence in automated trading supervision
March 18, 2015--The supervision of automated trading has become more convergent across the European Union (EU), a recent review by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has found. ESMA reviewed how the 30 national competent authorities (NCAs) across the EU have implemented ESMA guidelines on automated trading into their day-to-day supervision of trading platforms.
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BlackRock launches UK real estate ETF
March 18, 2015--BlackRock has launched the iShares MSCI Target UK Real Estate Ucits ETF with the aim of achieving risk and return profile similar to physical real estate.
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New Bank of England regulator warns of risks from U.S, rate hikes, dollar strength
March 17, 2015--The start of U.S. interest rate rises could inject volatility into global financial markets and create risks for Britain's financial stability, a new member of the Bank of England's top panel of financial regulators said on Tuesday.
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Lyxor-Monthly European ETF Market Trends-FEB 2015 in brief
March 16, 2015--European ETF market flows for February 2015 came very close to last month's three-year record high. Net New Assets (NNA) over the month totalled EUR 10.4 billion. Total Assets under Management are up 17% vs. the end of 2014, reaching EUR 424 billion, and including a significant market impact (+6.8%*).
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Dax breaks 12,000 barrier
March 16, 2015--Germany's Dax index broke through and closed above the 12,000 barrier for the first time on Monday as German equities emerged as the main beneficiaries of the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme.
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Unscheduled free float adjustment in MDAX
March 16, 2015--Deutsche Börse AG has announced an unscheduled adjustment to the free float of DMG MORI SEIKI AG O.N. in MDAX.
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Source JPX-Nikkei 400 UCITS ETF launched on Xetra
ETF provides access to the performance of Japanese stock corporations
March 16, 2015--A new equity index fund from the ETF offering issued by Source has been tradable on Xetra in Deutsche Börse's XTF segment since Monday.
Name: Source JPX-Nikkei 400 UCITS ETF (EUR hedged)
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Source launches currency-hedged share classes of its JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF
March 16, 2015--Source, a leading provider of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), is pleased to announce the launch of USD-and EUR-hedged share classes of the Source JPX-Nikkei 400 UCITS ETF.
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Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe reached a new record high of US$494 billion at the end of February 2015, According To ETFGI
March 15, 2015--Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe reached a new record high of US$494 billion at the end of February 2015, according to ETFGI's monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for February.
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Norway takes action against closet-tracking
March 15, 2015--The Norwegian regulator has become the first in Europe to accuse a bank of mis-selling a "closet tracking" fund-products that charge high fees for active management but mimic an index.
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Pension funds seek riskier, illiquid bets to make returns they need
March 14, 2015--British pension funds are coping with low bond yields and high share prices by seeking riskier investments, in a hunt for the returns they need to meet their obligations to pensioners.
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EU states agree position for final deal to regulate market benchmarks
March 13, 2015--European Union states agreed a common position on Friday to regulate market benchmarks, opening the door to negotiations on a final agreement with lawmakers on new rules to avoid more damaging market rigging scandals.
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Dutch regulator to probe active ETFs
March 12, 2015--The Dutch regulator says it will focus on active exchange traded funds as part of a recently announced investigation into areas of overlap between active and passive funds.
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ESMA sees continued tense securities market conditions
March 11, 2015--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Report No. 1, 2015 on Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities in European Union (EU) securities markets, covering market developments from July to December 2014.
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ECB-Euro area securities issues statistics: January 2015
March 11, 2015--The annual rate of change of the outstanding amount of debt securities issued by euro area residents was -0.5% in January 2015, the same as in December.
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Banks, bond dealers step up fight against ESMA disclosure rules
March 11, 2015--Financial industry officials have stepped up a fight against draft EU rules for disclosure in bond markets,
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Ossiam adds income-distributing share class to FTSE 100 Minimum Variance ETF
March 11, 2015--Ossiam, a leading provider of smart beta exchange-traded funds, has introduced a distributing share class to the Ossiam FTSE 100 Minimum Variance UCITS ETF.
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Lyxor expands Euro govies range with ultra long-duration ETF
March 11, 2015--Lyxor Asset Management has announced the launch of a new exchange-traded fund providing access to ultra long-duration eurozone bonds: the Lyxor Ultra Long Duration Euro Govt FTSE MTS 25+Y UCITS ETF (DR) C-EUR.
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New ETF issuer: WisdomTree
March 10, 2015-SIX Swiss Exchange welcomes its 19th ETF issuer which enters the Swiss market with six products.
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Bank of England-Investment banking: linkages to the real economy and the financial system
March 10, 2015--Investment banks play a key role in capital markets and contribute to the efficient functioning of financial markets. As demonstrated in the recent financial crisis, however, investment banks can create and propagate risks in the financial system given their scale, as well as the interconnected and complex nature of their activities.
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Xetra-Gold registers new record high in gold holdings
Deutsche Börse Commodities stores 54.4 tonnes for physical backing of gold bond
March 10, 2015--The gold holdings of Deutsche Börse Commodities for the physical backing of the Xetra-Gold bond reached a new record high of around 54.4 tonnes in March, an increase of more than 4.5 tonnes since the beginning of the year.
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UPDATE 1-British ETF price war heats up with BlackRock FTSE 100 fee cut
March 10, 2015--Cost for two flagship ETFs now 7 pence/100 stg invested
Market could go as low as 3 pence-Hargreaves Lansdown
Adds emerging market, niche fund fees likely to fall next
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UBS unveils currency-hedged commodities ETF
March 10, 2015--UBS Global Asset Management has expanded its line-up of currency-hedged exchange-traded funds with the launch of the UBS ETF (IE) CMCI Composite hedged GBP SF UCITS ETF (UC90).
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London Stock Exchange March 2015 ETF & ETP Monthly Report
March 10, 2015--News
London Stock Exchange is introducing two new order types in May 2015, Cross Orders and Block Trade Facility for ETFs and ETPs. The order types will facilitate bringing bilaterally agreed trades on Exchange.
London Stock Exchange, in partnership with Boost ETP, a WisdomTree Company, ETF Securities, FTSE and Societe Generale, is hosting an event dedicated to short and leveraged ETPs.
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WisdomTree to double UK ETF offering
March 9, 2015--WisdomTree Europe, the European branch of the North American exchange traded fund business WisdomTree Investments, plans to bring another six to eight ETFs onto the UK market over the next three to six months.
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New UBS ETF launched on Xetra
ETF provides currency-hedged access to the CMCI commodity index
March 9, 2015--A new exchange-listed commodity index fund from the UBS Global Asset Management product range has been tradable in Deutsche B€rse's XTF segment since Monday.
ETF name: UBS ETFs plc-CMCI Composite SF UCITS ETF (GBP) A-acc
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Euro-Area Bond Gains Send Yields to Records on ECB Buying Plans
March 9, 2015--Government bonds across the euro area advanced, sending yields to record lows, as investors absorbed details of the European Central Bank's extended sovereign debt-purchase program.
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ESMA trade reporting standards "could decide" future of markets
March 9, 2015--The European Securities and Markets Association is consulting financial institutions on which messaging protocol and data formats would be best for trade reporting under MiFIR.
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ESMA clarifies its interest rate swaps clearing standards
March 9, 2015--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a revised opinion on its draft Regulatory Technical Standard (RTS) on the clearing obligation for Interest Rate Swaps (IRS).
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Row erupts as EU backtracks on index data transparency
March 8, 2015-- Scandals over the rigging of interbank interest rates such as Libor and Euribor and the alleged fixing of gold and silver prices have highlighted the dangers of a lack of transparency in the calculation of indices and benchmarks.
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HM Statistics: Forecasts for the UK economy: February 2015
March 6, 2015--Forecasts for the UK economy is a monthly comparison of independent forecasts. This edition contains short term forecasts for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and medium term forecasts to 2019.
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New UBS ETF launched on Xetra
ETF provides access with currency hedging to MSCI Canada index
March 6, 2015--A new equity index fund from the UBS Global Asset Management product family has been tradable on Xetra in Deutsche Börse's XTF segment since Friday.
ETF name: UBS ETF-MSCI Canada UCITS ETF (hedged to EUR) A-acc
Asset class: equity index ETF
ISIN: LU1130155606
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European Parliament moves toward regulation of benchmarks
March 5, 2015--Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the lawmaker leading an EU proposal to regulate financial benchmarks, said leaders are working toward a compromise.
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UK official holdings of international reserves: February 2015
March 4, 2015--This monthly release shows details of movements in the UK's official holdings of international reserves, or assets. These consist of gold, foreign currency assets and International Monetary Fund assets.
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GFT Technologies AG to be included in TecDAX
March 4, 2015--On Wednesday Deutsche Börse decided on changes in its selection indices which will become effective on 23 March 2015.
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Vanguard's march to Europe tracks ECB's quantitative easing
March 4, 2015--Vanguard, one of the world's largest providers of passive investment products such as index-tracking funds, has been a big and powerful presence in the US mutual fund market for years.
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Revised lists of the Moscow Exchange Indices announced
March 3, 2015--Moscow Exchange has revised lists for the constituent lists of the Moscow Exchange Indices as well as free floats effective from March 18, 2014 through June 16, 2014.
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Boerse Stuttgart generates turnover of around EUR 8.6 billion in February
Trading volume up on February 2014//Brisk trading in corporate bonds
March 3, 2015--According to its order book statistics, turnover at Boerse Stuttgart amounted to around EUR 8.6 billion in February 2015. This meant the trading volume was down in comparison with January, when turnover was particularly high, but up by almost 7 percent year on year.
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STOXX announces component changes to STOXX Eastern Europe 50 Index
March 3, 2015--STOXX Limited, a leading provider of innovative, tradable and global index concepts, today announced component changes in the STOXX Eastern Europe 50 Index due to the regular semi-annual review.
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Turnover at Deutsche Boerse's cash markets at 125.5 billion euros in February
March 2, 2015-Order book turnover on Xetra, Börse Frankfurt and Tradegate Exchange across all asset classes stood at €125.5 billion in February (February 2014: €102.6 billion).
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Russia Moves to Shore Up Budget
Finance minister outlines cuts in social and maybe even military spending as well as raising pension age
March 2, 2015--Faced with lower oil prices and a slowing economy, Russia needs to trim its budget,
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ETF Flows Show Investors Flocking to the Eurozone
March 2, 2015--The steady stream of evidence that shows investors barelling back into eurozone equities just got its latest datapoint: Exchange-traded funds with eurozone exposure received inflows of $19.3 billion so far this year
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IMF Working paper-A Global Projection Model for Euro Area Large Economies
March 2, 2015-- Summary: The GPM project is designed to improve the toolkit for studying both own-country and cross-country linkages. This paper creates a special version of GPM that includes the four largest Euro Area (EA) countries.
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European Banking Authority Delivers Benchmarking Package
March 2, 2015--The European Banking Authority (EBA) published a set of papers for benchmarking the internal approaches that EU institutions use to calculate own-funds requirements for credit and market risk exposures. The EBA final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) and Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) specify in detail the framework for EU institutions and competent authorities to carry out the annual supervisory benchmarking foreseen by the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV).
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