Painful period of synthetic-ETF losses comes to end-continued

February 22, 2012--Synthetic exchange-traded products experienced a turnaround in fortunes in January, according to BlackRock figures, ending a painful six-month period which saw them haemorrhage some $11.7bn (€8.9bn) of assets.
According to the latest ETF statistics from BlackRock,

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Source: FT.com


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European Parliament adopts financial markets rules
April 16, 2014--The European Parliament adopted new rules Tuesday to tighten the regulation of financial markets in order to stop rampant speculation, including on foodstuffs.
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DeAWM completes move to become one of Europe's largest providers of physical ETFs
April 16, 2014--Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) has become one of Europe's largest providers of direct, physical replication exchange traded funds (ETFs) following the completion of an ambitious programme to switch 18 db X-trackers equity ETFs from synthetic to physical replication, as well as the launch of several new direct replication offerings.
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ESAs consult on draft technical standards under EMIR
April 14, 2014--The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) launched today a consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards ('RTS') outlining the framework of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).
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Asset managers miss out on 1bneuro of profit
April 13, 2014--European asset managers are missing out on €1bn of annual profits by failing to take advantage of the freedoms granted to them under EU legislation, according to McKinsey.
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Swiss & Global planning active ETF push
April 7, 2014--Swiss & Global plans an ambitious marketing campaign for its active exchange traded funds, aiming for an initial SFr2bn ($2.2bn) of inflows.
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UK Official holdings of international reserves, March 2014
April 3, 2014---This monthly press notice shows details of movements in March in the UK's official holdings of international reserves, which consist of gold, foreign currency assets and International Monetary Fund assets.
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European Supervisory Authorities highlight cross-sectoral risks
April 2, 2014--European Supervisory Authorities highlight cross-sectoral risks The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published today its third bi-annual report on risks and vulnerabilities in the European Union's (EU) financial system.
The report has identified a number of potential vulnerabilities and cross-sectoral risks to the stability of the European financial system including:
weak and uneven economic recovery;
uncertain outlook in a number of global emerging economies;
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New approach for measuring counterparty credit risk exposures finalised by the Basel Committee
March 31, 2014--The Basel Committee has today published a final standard on the treatment of derivatives-related transactions in its capital adequacy framework.
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ComStage MDAX ETF launched on Xetra
ETF tracks medium-sized German companies from traditional industrial sectors
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ETF name: ComStage MDAX(R) TR UCITS ETF
Asset class: equity index ETF
ISIN: LU1033693638
Total expense ratio: 0.30 percent
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ESMA issues good practices for structured retail product governance
MArch 27, 2014--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an opinion on structured retail products, setting out good practices for firms when manufacturing and distributing these products.
These good practices that product providers could put in place to improve their ability to deliver on investor protection in particular focus on:
the complexity of the structured retail products they manufacture and distribute;
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European Demand for U.S. Options Continues to be Strong with Usage Growing More Diversified, New Study Finds
March 27, 2014--The study, "Shifting Demand in a Changing Market Landscape", conducted by TABB Group and commissioned by OIC found European investors continue to be interested in using U.S. options while becoming more sophisticated.
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Investment trust charges under spotlight
March 27, 2014--Investment trusts, long considered the preserve of hobbyist investors, are rising in popularity - but experts believe their "complex" charges still need to be overhauled if they are to compete in the new regulatory environment.
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ESMA publishes Q&A on the application of the AIFMD
March 27, 2014--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Q&A on the application of the AIFMD.
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Russian Economic Report 31: Confidence Crisis Exposes Economic Weakness
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Russian Economic Report 31: Confidence Crisis Exposes Economic Weakness
March 26, 2014--Russia's economy is navigating an economic downturn with real GDP growth slowing to an estimated 1.3 percent in 2013 from 3.4 percent of 2012. The lack of more comprehensive structural reforms has led to the erosion in businesses' and consumers' confidence, which became the decisive factor for the downward revision of the World Bank's November growth projections for Russia, says the World Bank's Russian Economic Report ?31 launched today in Moscow.
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SPDR EURO STOXX Low Volatility ETF launched on Xetra
ETFs based on euro-zone stock corporations with low volatility
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ETF name: SPDR EURO STOXX Low Volatility UCITS ETF
Asset class: equity index ETF
ISIN: IE00BFTWP510
Total expense ratio: 0.30 percent
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EDHEC-Risk's annual European ETF Survey highlights
March 21, 2014--ETF investors' positive outlook
EDHEC-Risk Institute has announced the results of the EDHEC European ETF Survey 2013, a comprehensive survey of 207 European ETF investors. The survey was conducted as part of the Amundi ETF & Indexing research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on "Core-Satellite and ETF Investment."
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EDHEC-Risk's annual European ETF Survey highlights
March 21, 2014--ETF investors' positive outlook
EDHEC-Risk Institute has announced the results of the EDHEC European ETF Survey 2013, a comprehensive survey of 207 European ETF investors. The survey was conducted as part of the Amundi ETF & Indexing research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on "Core-Satellite and ETF Investment."
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Ossiam develops smart beta strategy for corporate bonds
March 20, 2014--Ossiam, a European provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), has developed a smart beta strategy for investing in corporate bonds.
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DeAWM targets UK retail market with platform push
March 20, 2014--Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management to list exchange traded funds (ETFs) and systematic Croci funds on platforms as part of UK retail expansion.
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Source bulking up for iShares challenge
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