BNP Paribas launches 'socially responsible" credit ETF-continued

February 19, 2019--The index-tracking fund looks to exclude companies based on their ESG credentials
February 19, 2019--BNP Paribas Asset Management has launched a socially responsible credit exchange-traded fund.
The company's Easy Euro Corporate Bond SRI Fossil Free UCITS ETF is designed to appeal to investors seeking low carbon exposure from around 400 investment grade bonds, which are selected on their ESG credentials.

BNP Paribas Asset Management has announced plans to further expand its index solutions products in 2019, specifically focussing on socially responsible investments and bond indices, through its "Easy" range of ETFs.

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WisdomTree launches Europe's first floating rate US treasury ETF
March 26, 2019--WisdomTree has launched a floating rates treasury bond ETF, which will seek to expand its developed world fixed income fund range.
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Tokeny Announces European Launch of investorID
March 25, 2019--European Launch
Tokeny has just announced the European launch of their anticipated identification services. Increased adoption of, and acceptance towards, digital securities is being witnessed across Europe.
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Invesco unveils two low-cost UK gilts ETFs
March 25, 2019--Ongoing charge of just 0.06%
Invesco is launching two low-cost UK gilts ETFs on the London Stock Exchange at an ongoing charge of just 0.06% per annum.
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Monday Morning Memo: Bonds were European Investors Darlings in February
March 25, 2019--The negative trend with regard to fund flows in Europe continued in February even as the securities markets rebounded. As a consequence, February was the tenth month in a row long-term mutual funds posted net outflows after 16 consecutive months of net inflows.
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Britain's financial sector has gloomiest outlook since 2008 crisis: survey
March 24, 2019--Optimism about the business outlook among Britain's financial services firms has fallen at its fastest rate since the 2008 financial crisis amid concerns about Britain's exit from the European Union, a survey showed on Monday.
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European Council (Art. 50) conclusions. 21 March 2019
March 22, 2019--
1. The European Council takes note of the letter of Prime Minister Theresa May of 20 March 2019. 2. In response, the European Council approves the Instrument relating to the Withdrawal Agreement and the Joint Statement supplementing the Political Declaration agreed between the European Commission and the government of the United Kingdom in Strasbourg on 11 March 2019.
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BlackRock to buy software firm eFront for $1.3bn
March 22, 2019--BlackRock will pay $1.3 billion in cash for French software firm eFront, an end-to-end alternative investment management software firm.
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FCA to introduce UK Benchmarks Register
March 22, 2019--The FCA continues to plan for a range of outcomes in relation to Brexit, including the UK leaving the EU without an implementation period. To prepare for this scenario, the FCA has developed a new UK Benchmarks Register.
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Deutsche Börse Xetra Annual ETF Factsheet 2018
March 22, 2019-ETF TRADING ON XETRA --Facts & figures for the year 2018 Xetra. The market.-Overview
Deutsche Börse's XTF segment for exchange-traded index funds (ETFs) was launched on 11 April 2000.
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EU agrees Brexit 'cliff-edge' delay, with conditions
March 21, 2019--After lengthy debate at a summit in Brussels Thursday, EU leaders agreed a short Article 50 extension till 12 April, or 22 May if the UK Parliament approves Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement next week.
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The shift away from Libor could threaten stability
March 21, 2019--Investors should not be too sanguine about transition from scandal-linked rate.
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Brexit: Theresa May asks EU for delay with cabinet in deadlock over 'crisis'
March 20, 2019--PM forced to seek extension of article 50 as No 10 admits it is too late to leave with a deal.
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EU Budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes preliminary agreement on InvestEU
March 20, 2019--The European Commission welcomes the preliminary agreement on InvestEU, the proposed programme to boost private and public investment in Europe in the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027.
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Official Statistics: Forecasts for the UK economy: March 2019
March 20, 2019--A comparison of independent forecasts for the UK economy in March 2019.
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Solactive partners with CoinMarketCap to create Cryptocurrency Benchmark Indices
March 20, 2019--Solactive is pleased to announce that internationally renowned cryptocurrency information and data provider CoinMarketCap (CMC) joined forces with the German index provider to create new Cryptocurrency Benchmark Indices, labeled: CMC Crypto 200 Index-powered by Solactive.
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Two New Metal and Energy ETCs from Boost on Xetra
March 20, 2019--Since Wednesday, two new Exchange Traded Commodities from Boost are tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The ETCs offer investors access to the performance of reference indices denominated in US dollars that track the commodity sectors of industrial metals or energy.
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EBA updates methodological guidance on risk indicators and analysis tools
March 20, 2019--The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an updated methodological guide on how to compile risk indicators and detailed risk analysis tools.
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Europeans Try to Kill MiFID Rule in Brexit Derivatives Fight
March 20, 2019--Exchange-traded derivatives worth 1.3 trillion euros per day
Battle pits Deutsche Boerse against its British rival LSE
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EBA publishes updated impact of the final Basel III reforms on EU banks capital and updates on the compliance with liquidity measures in the EU
March 20, 2019--The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today two reports, which measure the impact of implementing the final Basel III reforms and monitor the current implementation of liquidity measures in the EU. The EBA Basel III capital monitoring report includes a preliminary assessment of the impact of the Basel reform package on EU banks, assuming its full implementation.
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ESMA publishes its Data Operational Plan under a no-deal Brexit scenario
March 19, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a statement in relation to the impact on ESMA's databases and IT systems of a no-deal Brexit scenario on 29 March 2019.
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UniCredit and Axiom AI launch first global CoCo bond ETF
March 19, 2019--UniCredit Bank AG, via its subsidiary Structured Invest S.A., and Axiom Alternative Investments have announced the launch of the UC AXI Global CoCo Bonds UCITS ETF, the first global exchange-traded fund (ETF) to provide a market weighted exposure to the contingent convertible (CoCo) bond market.
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UK to lose 1tn pounds of financial assets to Europe due to Brexit
March 19, 2019--Financial services companies have committed to move about £1tn of assets out of the UK into Europe as the industry triggers its worst-case contingency plans with no Brexit deal in sight, according to consultancy EY.
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Solactive and Axiom Alternative Investments launch together a Global CoCo Index
March 19, 2019--Solactive and Axiom AI are pleased to announce the launch of the Solactive AXI Liquid Contingent Capital Global Market TR Index (SOLAXICC), a tailored index for investors that seek broad access to a universe of liquid contingent convertible bonds (CoCos). The index development marks the first joint venture between the German Index provider and the French Asset Manager.
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New Unicredit ETF on Xetra: CoCo Bonds from Global Financial Institutions
March 19, 2019--A new UniCredit Exchange Traded Fund has been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Tuesday.
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EU, UK market watchdogs clash over no-deal Brexit share trading
March 19, 2019--The European Union's markets watchdog published guidance on Tuesday identifying which shares investors in the bloc could no longer trade in London if there is a hard Brexit next week.
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Successful start for Eurex's ESG segment
March 18, 2019--Four weeks ago, Eurex started its Environment Social Governance (ESG) segment by launching futures on STOXX(R) ESG-X, Low Carbon and Climate Impact Indexes.
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Assets in European absolute return funds drop to 86bn Euros
March 18, 2019--Assets in European absolute return funds drop to €86bn. Absolute return funds shrank by close to a quarter last year as retail investors fled the once-popular products after a long period of poor performance.
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New Invesco-ETF on Xetra: US government bonds with currency hedging
March 18, 2019--A new Invesco Exchange Traded Fund has been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Monday.
The Invesco US Treasury Bond 7-10 Year UCITS ETF-EUR Hdg Dist enables investors to participate in the performance of tradable government bonds issued by the US government.
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Monday Morning Memo: Review of the European ETF Market, February 2018
March 18, 2019--The promoters of ETFs in Europe enjoyed net inflows for February. These inflows led, in combination with a positive performance of the underlying markets, to increased assets under management in the European ETF industry. In more detail, the assets under management in the European ETF industry increased from €675.1 bn as of January 31, 2019, to €707.3 bn at the end of February.
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The public is losing patience: MPs must vote for May's Brexit deal
March 16, 2019--Brexiters face a rearguard action that could prevent the UK from leaving the EU at all
Scenes in the House of Commons this week were redolent of crisis. Ministers disregarding collective responsibility with impunity; the government in headlong retreat; and once-great parties competing to outdo each other in splits.
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Fund groups must put investors first...and prove it
March 16, 2019--Independent directors and yearly audits will add extra transparency to asset management
The UK financial regulator's landmark report into the asset management sector in 2017 sent a scathing message: fund fees are too high and investment companies fail to give good value to investors.
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First Equity-ETF focused on blockchain launched on Xetra
March 15, 2019--A new Invesco Exchange Traded Fund has been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Friday.
The Invesco Elwood Global Blockchain UCITS ETF Acc gives investors for the first time the opportunity to participate in the performance of companies worldwide that participate in the blockchain ecosystem.
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ESMA clarifies endorsement of UK credit ratings in case of a no-deal Brexit
March 15, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today a statement which sets out the implications for credit rating agencies (CRAs) based in the United Kingdom (UK), including the endorsement of UK credit ratings, should the UK withdraw from the European Union (EU) without a withdrawal agreement (no-deal Brexit).
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London Stock Exchange ETP February 2019 Monthly Report
March 15, 2019--Listings
24 new ETFs were listed in February 2019.
There are now 1,187 ETFs (available as 1,728 lines through multi-currency offerings) and 463 ETCs/ETNs (available as 556 lines) on our London market.
iShares launched its Electric Vehicles and Driving Technology UCITS ETF. The fund seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of developed and emerging market companies that focus on electric vehicles and driving technologies.
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U.K. Parliament Votes to Delay Brexit as Turmoil Drags On
March 15, 2019--Extension could play to Theresa May's advantage, allowing her to press euroskeptics to support her Brexit deal
British lawmakers voted to delay the U.K.'s departure from the European Union, setting up Prime Minister Theresa May for a pivotal week ahead in which she will likely aim to coerce recalcitrant elements of her Conservative Party into backing a deal they have soundly rejected twice.
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Mifid II data reporting falls behind as clocks spring forward
March 15, 2019--European regulators' efforts to collect more data on stock trading in the region have hit a curious snag-the changing of the clocks.
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ESMA RegTech and SupTech-change for markets and regulators
March 14, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has carried out an analysis of the regulatory and supervisory technologies currently being developed in response to various demand and supply drivers. The results of this analysis are presented in an article in the latest Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities (TRV) Report .
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Fee war goes global as $1.6 trillion manager cuts ETF costs
March 14, 2019--Europe's biggest money manager is joining the global arms race to offer investors the cheapest exchange-traded funds around.
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Spanish Stock Exchange to Go Live With Blockchain Collateral Pledge Certificates
March 14, 2019--Bolsa de Madrid (BME), Spain's largest stock exchange, said it expects to go live by year-end with a blockchain-based system for certifying collateral pledges after testing the technology.
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Backstage: 5G deployment in Europe
March 21, 2019--The next wave of mobile network innovation is provoking great excitement in the industry. And indeed, there is substantial potential for improvement. However, the exact form of the technology and the appropriate policy support are still far from clear.
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New iShares ETFs on Xetra: Sustainable Emerging Markets Government Bonds and Corporate Bonds Worldwide
March 13, 2019--Since Wednesday, two further iShares ETFs are tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The iShares J.P. Morgan ESG USD EM Bond UCITS ETF USD (Dist) allows investors to participate in the performance of US dollar-denominated government or quasi-government bonds of emerging markets.
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UBS AM launches inflation protection ETF
March 13, 2019--UBS Asset Management has launched a long duration US Treasury inflation linked ETF with embedded GBP-hedging on the London and Swiss stock exchanges.
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Lyxor receivesTEEC certification for the Lyxor Green Bond (DR) UCITS ETF
March 13, 2019--Lyxor Asset Management has received the TEEC (energy and ecological transition for the climate) certification for the Lyxor Green Bond (DR) UCITS ETF, the world's first ETF[1] offering investors exposure to investment grade green bonds.
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Amundi to licence Solactive Flagship Equity and Fixed Income Indices
March 13, 2019--Solactive is pleased to announce that Amundi, Europe's largest asset management company with a total of € 1.425 tn in AuM, appointed Solactive as their index provider for the launch of their new ETF range, labeled "Amundi Prime ETF".
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Lyxor-Money Monitor February 2019 European ETFs flows accelerate
March 13, 2019--Net new assets in the European ETF market accelerated in February to reach €13.7bn. All categories (equities, fixed income, commodities and smart beta) enjoyed a positive month for the first time since last February. Equities attracted most of the inflows (€8.2bn) with three regions standing out: developed markets (+€2.8bn), global equities (+€3.4bn) and emerging markets (+€1.9bn).
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IMF-Greece: Economy Improves, Key Reforms Still Needed
March 12, 2019--Greece has now entered a period of economic growth that puts it among the top performers in the eurozone. It must now persevere with efforts to address crisis legacies and pursue needed reforms to ensure continued success, says the IMF in its recent assessment of the country's economy.
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Business 'exasperated' after Brexit vote
March 12, 2019--Business groups are "exasperated" after the Prime Minister's EU withdrawal plan was again rejected by Parliament.
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European Commission-Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions
March 12, 2019--Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges.
Today, they are setting out 10 concrete actions for EU Heads of State or Government to discuss and endorse at the European Council of 21 March.
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ECB-Euro area securities issues statistics: January 2019
March 12, 2019--The annual growth rate of the outstanding amount of debt securities issued by euro area residents was 2.1% in January 2019, compared with 1.9% in December.
For the outstanding amount of listed shares issued by euro area residents, the annual growth rate was 0.7% in January 2019,compared with 0.8% in December.
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The European Union Budget, and Economic and Monetary Policy (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
March 12, 2019--This instrument revokes retained EU law relating to the EU budget, and revokes and partially restates EU law relating to economic and monetary policy, in order to address deficiencies arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
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Primary listing of new Amundi ETFs on Xetra
March 12, 2019--Since Tuesday, nine Exchange Traded Funds of Amundi are tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt for the first time in Europe.
Five equity ETFs give investors the opportunity to participate in the performance of large and medium-sized companies.
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FinTech adoption 'driving bank business goals'
March 12, 2019--The majority of banks felt that the implementation of an institutional FinTech solution had contributed towards achieving business goals by lowering operational costs (87 per cent) as well as improving regulatory compliance (67 per cent).
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Invesco Elwood Global Blockchain ETF To Start Trading On The London Stock Exchange
March 11, 2019--The Invesco Elwood Global Blockchain ETF will start trading on the London Stock Exchange on Monday. The investment management company, with over $800 billion in assets under management, will be launching the "world's biggest blockchain-focused ETF"
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IMF Staff Country Reports-Belgium: 2019 Article IV Consultation
March 11, 2019--Summary:
Since the global crisis, Belgium has experienced nine consecutive years of economic growth. Per capita GDP has surpassed pre-crisis levels, and unemployment is at its lowest level in four decades. The financial sector has also undergone structural changes and increased its resiliency to shocks.
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Amun AG completes initial funding round bringing on board a number of experienced industry figures
March 11, 2019--Amun AG, a Swiss fintech aiming to facilitate access to crypto-asset investments, has completed its first funding round, bringing on board a number of experienced industry figures including Adam Draper, Founder of Boost VC, Graham Tuckwell, Founder of ETFS Capital, Greg Kidd, Co-Founder of Hard Yaka as well as four family offices.
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Lyxor-Our China A ETF is ahead of its time
March 11, 2019--Index provider MSCI recently announced its intention to increase the weight of onshore China A shares in its broad Emerging Market and China benchmarks using a 3-step inclusion process starting this May and ending in November. China A large-cap inclusion will ultimately increase from 5% to 20%, and China A mid-caps will also be added for the first time with a 20% inclusion factor.
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Amun AG choosing Solactive to provide Index Calculation for the World's First physically backed Bitcoin and Ethereum ETP
March 11, 2019--Solactive is pleased to announce that Amun AG, the issuer the first two physically-backed crypto-currencies single-coin exchange-traded products, Bitcoin (BTC) ETP [Ticker: ABTC] and Ethereum (ETH) ETP [Ticker: AETH], has chosen Solactive’s ETF Services Department to perform the IOPV calculation and Portfolio Composition File (PCF) creation.
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IMF Policy Paper-Corporate Taxation in the Global Economy
March 10, 2019--Summary:
The policy paper Corporate Taxation in the Global Economy stresses the need to maintain and build on the progress in international cooperation on tax matters that has been achieved in recent years, and in some respects now appears under stress.
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Deutsche Bank begins talks over merger with rival Commerzbank
March 10, 2019--Union would form Europe's second largest bank and a rival to HSBC
Deutsche Bank has begun tentative merger talks with rival Commerzbank, which would create Europe's second biggest bank behind HSBC and fend off unwanted potential bidders such as French giant BNP Paribas.
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Monday Morning Memo: ESG a new paradigm for the European Investment Industry?
March 10, 2019--Following the news about product releases and trends in the European fund industry, one may get the impression sustainable investing is the new hot topic in the industry since there are funds with a sustainable investment objective launched every week.
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Brexit fallout on UK finance intensifies-think tank
March 10, 2019--More than 275 financial firms are moving a combined $1.2 trillion (£925 billion) in assets and funds and thousands of staff from Britain to the European Union in readiness for Brexit at a cost of up to $4 billion, a report from a think tank said on Monday.
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IMF Working Paper-The Russian State's Size and its Footprint: Have They Increased?
March 8, 2019--Summary:
The short answer: The size of the Russian State has not increased much in the last few years, but its economic footprint remains significant. Concretely, the state's size increased from about 32 percent of GDP in 2012 to 33 percent in 2016, not far from the EBRD's estimate of 35 percent for 2005-10.
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New Invesco ETFs on Xetra offer Access to US Government Bonds
March 8, 2019--Since Friday, four new Exchange Traded Funds from Invesco have been tradable via Xetra and B&ouul;rse Frankfurt.
With the four bond index ETFs, investors can participate in the performance of tradable government bonds issued by the US government.
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Sweden's Avanza licenses gender equality index for tracker
March 8, 2019--Avanza, the Swedish online stock broker and fund services provider, has licensed use of the Equileap European Gender Equality 75 index to support the launch of its AVA Gender Equality Tracker-an exchange traded note listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
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Net sales of UCITS and AIFs dropped to EUR 245 billion in 2018, a level not seen since 2011
March 8, 2019--The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the fourth quarter of 2018 with key data and indicators for each EFAMA member country.
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ECB-Monetary policy decisions
March 7, 2019--At today's meeting the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) took the following monetary policy decisions:
(1) The interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.40% respectively.
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ESMA report values EU Alternative Investment Funds at 4.9 trillion Euros
March 7, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today published its first statistical report on European Union (EU) Alternative Investment Funds (AIF). The study finds that the EU AIF sector in 2017, as measured by Net Asset Value (NAV), amounted to €4.9tn or nearly one third of the total EU fund industry. The report is based on data from 26,378 AIFs, or 80% of the market, and will be published annually.
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ESMA sets out its approach to several MiFID II/MiFIR and BMR provisions under a no-deal Brexit
March 7, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a statement on its approach to the application of some key MiFID II/MiFIR and Benchmark (BMR) provisions should the United Kingdom (UK) leave the European Union (EU) under a no-deal Brexit.
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BDI-Global Growth Outlook 03/2019-Growth or recession? Global economy at a crossroads
March 6, 2019--As things stand, one major bad decision would be enough to tip the balance and endanger Europe's economic growth. The federal government has no time to lose.
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Knorr-Bremse and Dialog Semiconductor new in MDAX
March 5, 2019--On Tuesday, Deutsche Börse announced changes to its selection indices, which will become effective on 18 March 2019. The shares of Knorr-Bremse AG will be included in the MDAX index and will replace the shares of Salzgitter AG, which will be included in the SDAX index.
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National Statistics: UK official holdings of international reserves: February 2019
March 5, 2019--This release details movements in the international reserves of gold and assets held by the UK government.
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BOE-Key elements of the 2019 stress test
March 5, 2019--The Bank of England's 2019 annual cyclical scenario (ACS) will test the resilience of the UK banking system to deep simultaneous recessions in the UK and global economies, a financial market stress, and an independent stress of misconduct costs
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ETF group targets CDS with new short crossover credit fund
March 4, 2019--Fixed income ETF provider Tabula Investment Management has launched a new passive fund as a way to short European sub-investment grade corporate credit, in a bid to make CDS indices more accessible.
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European Commission-Report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan
March 4, 2019--The European Commission has released a Comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan.
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Monday Morning Memo: New Fee Models May Become a Competitive Edge for Fund Promoters
March 4, 2019--The European asset management industry had a rather rough start in 2019. In regard to this, it is not surprising there is a lot of discussion around current sales trends. From my perspective, these discussions may lead in the wrong direction since sales trends are often driven by the respective market environment and, therefore, are not under the control of the fund promoters.
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IMF Working Papers-How Effective is Macroprudential Policy? Evidence from Lending Restriction Measures in EU Countries
March 1, 2019--Summary:
This paper assesses the effectiveness of lending restriction measures, such as loan-to-value and debt-service-to-income ratios, in affecting developments in house prices and credit. We use data on 99 lending standard restrictions implemented in 28 EU countries over 1990–2018.
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Boerse Stuttgart records February turnover of EUR 5,2 billion
March 1, 2019--Equities show significant increase in trading volume compared with January figures
Based on the order book statistics, Boerse Stuttgart generated turnover of around EUR 5.2 billion in February 2019. Securitised derivatives made up the largest share of the turnover.
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ETF growth surges on the back of European volatility, social conscience
March 1, 2019--Research from Greenwich associates finds ETF allocations grew by 50% in Europe last year, with further growth expected in 2019.
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Cash markets achieve turnover of 116.0 billion euros in February
March 1, 2019--Deutsche Börse's cash markets generated a turnover of €116.0 billion in February (previous year: €158.5 billion). €104.0 billion were attributable to Xetra (previous year: €143.4 billion), bringing the average daily volume to €5.2 billion.
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State Street goes big with new global equity ETF
March 1, 2019--State Street Global Advisors is targeting 'major' global equity opportunities with the launch of a broad ETF aimed at unlocking returns from across $40 trillion-worth of investable assets.
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ESMA registers DTCC Data Repository (Ireland) PLC as trade repository
March 1, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU supervisor of trade repositories (TRs), has registered today DTCC Data Repository (Ireland) PLC as a TR under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), with effect from 1 March 2019.
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ESMA to recognise the UK Central Securities Depository in the event of a no-deal Brexit
March 1, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today announced that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Central Securities Depository (CSD) established in the United Kingdom (UK)-Euroclear UK and Ireland Limited-will be recognised as a third country CSD to provide its services in the European Union (EU).
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MiFID II: ESMA makes available the results of the annual transparency calculations for equity and equity-like instruments
March 1, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today made available the results of the annual transparency calculations for equity and equity-like instruments.
ESMA has today started to make the annual transparency calculations for equity and equity-like instruments available.
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Flow Traders publishes its 2018 Annual Report and Financial Statements
February 28, 2019--Flow Traders N.V. (Euronext: FLOW) is pleased to announce today's publication of its 2018 Annual Report and 2018 Financial Statements.
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Handelsbanken Fonder and Xact to license Solactive ISS ESG Screened Index Series
February 28, 2019--Solactive is pleased to announce that Handelsbanken's two fund management companies, Handelsbanken Fonder AB (active management) and Xact Kapitalförvaltning AB (passive management) license several ESG indices for benchmarking purposes, effectively switching index providers for 20 equity and fixed income indices over the next few months.
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In Turbulent Times, European Institutions Turn to ETFs
February 28, 2019--Allocations to exchange-traded funds by institutions currently investing in ETFs increased by 50% in 2018, totaling 15% of total assets among the 127 institutional investors participating in Greenwich Associates most recent European Exchange-Traded Funds Study.
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ESMA TRV: Political uncertainty amid growth slowdown weighs on market sentiment
February 28, 2019-EU financial markets are increasingly nervous, reflected in rising volatility, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said today in its latest Trends, Risks, and Vulnerabilities (TRV) Report (No 1.2019).
Uncertainty related to Brexit, amid weakening growth prospects, global trade tensions, and reduced global monetary policy stimulus have contributed to market risk remaining very high.
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Swiss fintech lists crypto bitcoin on SIX Swiss Exchange
February 28, 2019--Swiss fintech specialist Amun AG has launched the world's first physically-backed crypto Bitcoin ETP (ABTC) on SIX Swiss Exchange. This ETP gives access to the world's most popular crypto coin.
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FCA releases updated guidance on EU departure preparations
February 28, 2019--The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published updated information to help support regulated firms in finalising their preparations for as smooth a transition as possible when the UK leaves the EU.
It is urging firms to ensure they are making any necessary changes to protect customers from negative impacts of leaving the EU, whatever the outcome of negotiations-for instance, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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LSE to cut 250 jobs as it resets earnings target
February 28, 2019--The London Stock Exchange Group is to cut 250 jobs as its new chief executive David Schwimmer reset earnings targets.
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STOXX Global Electric Vehicles & Driving Technology Index licensed to BlackRock
February 28, 2019--STOXX Ltd., the operator of Deutsche Boerse Group's index business and a global provider of innovative and tradable index concepts, has licensed the STOXX(R) Global Electric Vehicles & Driving Technology Index to BlackRock to serve as an underlying for an ETF.
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New iShares ETFs on Xetra offer access to US government bonds
February 28, 2019--Since Thursday, two new Exchange Traded Funds from iShares are tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The two bond ETFs give investors the opportunity to participate in the performance of US dollar-denominated government bonds issued by the US government.
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WisdomTree unveils two roll-enhanced commodity ETPs
February 27, 2019--WisdomTree has launched two new exchange-traded commodities on the London Stock Exchange, providing exposure to baskets of commodity futures from the industrial metals and energy sectors.
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ECB-Monetary developments in the euro area: January 2019
February 27, 2019--Annual growth rate of broad monetary aggregate M3 decreased to 3.8% in January 2019 from 4.1% in December 2018
Annual growth rate of narrower monetary aggregate M1, comprising currency in circulation and overnight deposits, decreased to 6.2% in January from 6.6% in December
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European Semester Winter Package: assessing Member States' progress on economic and social priorities
February 27, 2019--In its annual assessment of the economic and social situation in the Member States, the European Commission today stresses the need to promote investment, pursue responsible fiscal policies and implement well-designed reforms.
Challenges vary significantly across countries and call for appropriate and determined policy action.
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New iShares ETFs track indices with focus on sustainability
February 27, 2019--Since Wednesday, six new Exchange Traded Funds from iShares are tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The six new equity ETFs give investors the opportunity to participate in the performance of companies from different regions with comparatively high ESG ratings.
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New ETF of BNP Paribas Easy for bonds with good ESG ratings
February 26, 2019--Since Tuesday, a new Exchange Traded Fund of BNP Paribas Easy is tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The BNP PARIBAS EASY EUR Corp Bond SRI Fossil Free UCITS ETF Acc provides investors exposure to around 400 euro-denominated investment grade bonds, selected using environmental, social and governance ("ESG") criteria.
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Theresa May poised to open the way for delaying Brexit
February 26, 2019--UK prime minister to offer MPs chance to take a no-deal Brexit off table on Tuesday
Theresa May will dramatically open the way for a delay in Brexit if MPs continue to block an exit deal, as she seeks to head off resignations by around a dozen Europhile ministers.
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Sustainability pays off. Eurex is the first exchange to offer sustainable ESG futures
February 26, 2019--The importance of so-called ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) information is constantly increasing, because sustainable investing is becoming more and more important and interesting for investors worldwide. The European market for sustainable indices is continuing to grow strongly.
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Finance industry wins a two-year break on EU benchmarks law
February 26, 2019--European Union policy makers agreed to give an extra two years to the financial industry to complete an overhaul of key regional and foreign financial benchmarks to protect them from potential manipulation
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Synthetix Launches 'Synthetic' Bitcoin on Ethereum Blockchain
February 25, 2019--The new coin allows for better liquidity and lower risk according to the company
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New iShares ETFs on Xetra: US Government Bonds and E-mobility Companies
February 25, 2019--Since Monday, two Exchange Traded Funds of iShares are tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The iShares Treasury $ Bond 0-1yr UCITS ETF USD gives investors the opportunity to participate in the performance of liquid US government bonds issued in US dollars and with a maturity of up to one year.
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The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Reports A 480% Increase in Data Breaches
February 25, 2019--The number of breaches reported by financial institutions has increased dramatically:
"The number of data breaches reported by UK financial services firms to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) increased 480% in 2018, to 145 up from just 25 in 2017", shows research from RPC, the City-headquartered law firm
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FCA says Mifid II to cut investor costs by 1bn Pounds
February 25, 2019-- New EU rules on the funding of investment research are set to deliver £1bn in savings for UK fund investors over the next five years, the Financial Conduct Authority has said.
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BlackRock expands thematics range with electric vehicle and driving technology ETF
February 25, 2019--TER of 0.40%
The iShares Electric Vehicles and Driving Technology UCITS ETF (ECAR) is listed on the London Stock Exchange with a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.40%.
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New EU low-carbon benchmarks boost for sustainable investment
February 25, 2019--The EU Council and Parliament reached a preliminary agreement Monday on a proposal for new financial benchmarks aimed at giving greater information on an investment portfolio's carbon footprint.
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Monday Morning Memo: European Investors Shy Further Away From Mutual Funds in January 2019
February 24, 2019--The negative trend with regard to fund flows in Europe continued in January, even as the securities markets showed a rebound. As a consequence, January was the ninth month in a row long-term mutual funds posted net outflows after 16 consecutive months of net inflows.
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