Thomson Reuters-Monday Morning Memo: Review of the European ETF Market, April 2018-continued

May 21, 2018--The promoters of ETFs in Europe enjoyed net inflows for April, and the assets under management in the European ETF industry increased, up to €651.9 bn at the end of April.
With regard to the overall number of products, it was not surprising that equity funds (€465.7 bn) held the majority of the assets, followed by bond funds (€155.2 bn), commodity products (€20.0 bn), “other” funds (€6.6 bn), money market funds (€3.5 bn), mixed-asset funds (€0.7 bn), and alternative UCITS products (€0.3 bn).

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Two new UBS ETFs on Xetra: multifactor strategies for equities from the EMU or industrialised countries worldwide
July 5, 2018--Two exchange traded funds (ETFs) issued by UBS Global Asset Management have been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Thursday.

The two equity ETFs enable investors to participate in the performance of companies selected on the basis of the six risk factors of momentum, value, quality, return, volatility and size.

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WisdomTree ETFs on Xetra: investment-grade euro bonds
July 5, 2018--Four new exchange traded funds issued by WisdomTree are tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt as of Thursday.
The four new bond ETFs enable investors to participate in the performance of investment-grade fixed-income bonds denominated in euros.
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Solactive combines ESG, low volatility, and high dividend yield in new index concept
July 5, 2018-Solactive is pleased to announce the launch of the Climate and Energy Transition Index, an index tracking the performance of companies that show the best commitment to energy transition in their sectors while exhibiting low volatility and high dividend yield characteristics.
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Brexit prompts asset managers to revamp distribution strategies
July 4, 2018--Brexit prompts asset managers to revamp distribution strategies. New products likely to be launched in Luxembourg, Ireland and UK, says State Street
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Xetra-Gold has over 180 tons of gold in custody
July 4, 2018--Half-year report: Growth of six tonnes since the beginning of the year / Europe's largest gold security with physical deposit
The gold holdings of Xetra-Gold (ISIN: DE000A0S9GB0) amounted to 181.34 tonnes at the end of the first half. At the beginning of the year, they amounted to 175.04 tonnes.
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SocGen to buy Commerzbank's equity markets and commodities arm
July 3, 2018--The two banks did not disclose a price for the transaction.
Although Commerzbank said on Tuesday that its EMC division had 2017 gross revenues of 381 million euros ($443.18 million).
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July 3, 2018--Addressing the Purists
In the previous article, HANetf looked at the potential for Active ETFs in Europe. While some ETF issuers have launched active fixed income ETFs, the equivalent innovation in equities is being hampered by concerns about transparency.
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EBA assesses risks and opportunities from Fintech and its impact on incumbents business models
July 3, 2018--The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today the first products of its FinTech Roadmap, namely (i) a thematic report on the impact of FinTech on incumbent credit institutions' business models and (ii) a thematic report on the prudential risks and opportunities arising for institutions from FinTech.
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July 3, 2018--The possible existence of closet index funds, is an important matter for financial regulators, including the AMF, both in terms of financial information and investor protection. Today the AMF is keen to contribute to the European debate and analysed nearly 800 French funds using a method based on fund return and market data.
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Boerse Stuttgart records June turnover in region of EUR 5.9 billion
July 3, 2018--Securitised derivatives, ETPs and investment fund units all show increase in trading volume compared with May figures
Based on the order book statistics, turnover at Boerse Stuttgart in June 2018 stood at roughly EUR 5.9 billion.
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High number of IPOs and ETF listings in the first half of the year
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Monday Morning Memo: Market Overview-Factor-Investing ETFs
July 2, 2018--(May 31, 2018)
Factor-investing ETFs (the so-called smart beta ETFs) have been seen for a few years as one of the main drivers of future growth in the European ETF market, since they are innovative products that suit the needs of many investors.
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DAX turns 30-Frankfurt celebrates
July 2, 2018--DAX, Deutsche Börse's most important selection index, officially celebrated its 30th birthday on Monday.
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July 2, 2018--ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported net inflows of US$2.89 billion into ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe during May 2018, marking the 44th consecutive month of net inflows into European-listed ETFs/ETPs. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)
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The Spanish exchange traded 60.3 billion Euro in June
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The number of Warrants and Certificates admitted to trading in June came in at 3,291, up 27% year on year.
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VanEck appoints European head
July 2, 2018--VanEck has appointed Martijn Rozemuller as European head to further expand its ETF business in the region.
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New Invesco ETF launched on Xetra: US dollar-denominated CoCo bonds from companies in industrialised countries
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Flow Traders NV: BinckBank and Flow Traders complete sale of Think ETF Asset Management B.V.
June 29, 2018--BinckBank N.V. (60%), Flow Traders N.V (24%) and Think ETF's management (16%) together announce that, further to the press release on January 19th 2018, the sale of their stakes in Think ETF Asset Management B.V. to Van Eck Associates Corporation has been completed.
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Boerse Stuttgart offers bond settlement in foreign currencies
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New Xtrackers ETF on Xetra: 600 European companies with currency hedging
June 26, 2018--A new exchange traded fund issued by DWS is tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt as of Tuesday.
This equity ETF allows investors to participate in the performance of the STOXX 600 Index, which comprises shares from 600 large, mid and small cap companies from western Europe.
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European Commission-Annual report on Trade and Investment Barriers
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State Street Global Advisors appoints Marcus Miholic
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Invesco launches European bond ETF
June 25, 2018--Invesco has launched a fixed income ETF giving access to debt issued by European banks.
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June 20, 2018--Europe's first independent 'white label' UCITS ETF platform provides asset managers with the regulatory and operational infrastructure to build and launch ETFs into Europe without establishing their own full-service business
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Invesco unveils first Saudi Arabia-focused ETF in Europe
June 18, 2018--Invesco has launched Europe's first Saudi Arabia ETF, the company has announced.
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June 18, 2018--Off-exchange venues traded more ETFs than exchanges did in May
Even more ETF trades remain hidden in systematic internalizers
The value of European exchange-traded funds that are changing hands is more than 70 percent greater than previously reported, one indication of the transparency that MiFID II is bringing to the opaque world of off-exchange trading.
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Solactive strengthens ties with LGIM launching a new suite of equity and fixed-income ESG indices
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Thomson Reuters-Monday Morning Memo: Review of the European ETF Market, May 2018
June 18, 2018--The promoters of ETFs in Europe enjoyed net inflows for May, which in combination with a generally positive market environment, led to increasing assets under management in the European ETF industry (€663.7 bn, up from €651.9 bn at the end of April 2018).
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Britain's FCA to probe impact of EU asset management rules
June 18, 2018--Britain's regulator will launch an investigation into the impact of new European Union rules on the asset management industry after concerns were raised about how they affect the pricing of investment research and other issues.
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Europe's First Smart Beta China A-Shares ETF Launches
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