BlackRock strengthens ESG push with new ETF launch-continued

April 27, 2020--Asset manager reaches further into sustainability-focused passive product with series of minimum volatility strategies.
BlackRock has expanded its ESG offering with three new ETFs which will provide exposure to developed world companies, European companies and US companies.
The new funds are as follows:
iShares EDGE MSCI World Minimum Volatility ESG UCITS ETF
iShares EDGE MSCI Europe Minimum Volatility ESG UCITS ETF
iShares EDGE MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ESG UCITS ETF

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Europe ETP News
Summer 2020 Economic Forecast: An even deeper recession with wider divergences
July 7, 2020--The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels. Because the lifting of lockdown measures is proceeding at a more gradual pace than assumed in our Spring Forecast, the impact on economic activity in 2020 will be more significant than anticipated.
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New UBS ETF on Xetra: Sustainable investments on S&P 500
July 7, 2020--Since Tuesday, a new ETF issued by UBS Global Asset Management has been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
With the UBS ETF (IE) S&P 500 ESG UCITS ETF (USD) A-acc, investors can invest in currently 310 companies from the S&P 500 Index, taking into account sustainability criteria.
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The impact economy: balancing profit and impact
July 7, 2020--Governments and companies can reinforce each other in their pursuit of sustainable development, which is based on three pillars: economic, social and environmental. An impact economy, in which governments and companies balance profit and impact, is best placed to achieve the United Nations sustainable development goals.
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Hedge fund launches seize up in tough markets
July 6, 2020-- Just 84 funds got going in the first quarter, while 304 were liquidated. The coronavirus crisis has made life even tougher for start-up hedge funds around the world.
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Russian Economy Faces Deep Recession Amid Global Pandemic and Oil Crisis, Says New World Bank Report
July 6, 2020--Fueled by a COVID-19 triggered deep global recession, Russia's 2020 GDP growth is projected to contract by 6 percent, an eleven-year low, with a moderate recovery in 2021-2022, according to the World Bank's latest Russia Economic Report (#43 in the series). The decline of Russian economic growth is further exacerbated by plummeting crude oil prices that dropped 53 percent between January and May 2020.
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Passives paradox: is active the only way to make an impact on ESG?
July 5, 2020--Does the passive push into ESG mean giving up one of the key tenets of responsible investing? We asked specialists in this area how to engage in the era of indices.
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Euro area bank interest rate statistics: May 2020
July 3, 2020--The composite cost-of-borrowing indicator for new loans to corporations and for new loans to households for house purchase remained broadly unchanged in May 2020, at 1.46% and 1.42%, respectively.
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ESMA Newsletter-N0.15
July 3, 2020--Welcome to the 15th edition of ESMA's newsletter.
​This month, ESMA has published its 2019 Annual Report, released an important video on cost and performance and approved the new Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG).
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Research and analysis: UK official holdings of international reserves: June 2020
July 3, 2020--This release details movements in the international reserves of gold and assets held by the UK government.
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New UBS ETF on Xetra: Sustainable investments in equities from the Pacific region
July 3, 2020--Since Friday, a new exchange traded fund issued by UBS Global Asset Management has been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
With the UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Pacific Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (USD) A-acc, investors can invest in large and medium-sized companies from five industrialised nations in the Pacific region, considering sustainability criteria.
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Borsa Italiana-Monthly Update June 2020
July 3, 2020--The Borsa Italiana-Monthly Update June 2020.
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Deutsche Boerse welcomes 21Shares as new issuer
July 2, 2020--New crypto ETN offers easy access to Bitcoin
Since Thursday, the first cryptocurrency product issued by 21Shares has been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
With the 21Shares Bitcoin ETP, investors can participate in the performance of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
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Qontigo Launches First EU-Compliant Climate Benchmark Indices
July 2, 2020--July 2, 2020--STOXX PAB and STOXX CTB Index families align with EU Regulatory objectives to reduce global warming and decarbonize
Qontigo announced today the launch of two new families of Climate Indices: the STOXX Paris-Aligned Benchmark (PAB) Indices and the STOXX Climate Transition Benchmark (CTB) Indices.
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FESE-Equity: the key to unlocking a sustainable economic recovery
July 2, 2020--The Covid-19 pandemic has had tremendous effects on our societies. The loss of lives and the health crisis in general has been devastating.
Secondary to this, as societies closed down to limit the spread of the disease, economic activity ground to a halt. As a result, we may be facing the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. This crisis also creates an opportunity to revisit and improve economic policy and create a better and greener future for Europe.
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One Of Bitcoin Most Renowned ETP Launches On Deutsche Boerse
July 1, 2020--Further enhances investor protection being centrally cleared (CCP)
The world-leading issuer of crypto ETPs, 21Shares AG, is officially listing its 21Shares Bitcoin ETP on the official market of Deutsche Börse's Xetra electronic venue on Thursday July 2nd 2020. 21Shares AG has been present in the German market since the dual listing of seven of its ETPs on Börse Stuttgart since January 2020.
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How index investing can drive sustainable finance transition
July 1, 2020-A well-informed decarbonisation trajectory calls for a quantitative investment approach via indices.
The Covid-19 crisis is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of human societies and our dependence on the balance of natural systems. It is true for health issues but also for biodiversity and climate issues.
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How index investing can drive sustainable finance transition
July 1, 2020-A well-informed decarbonisation trajectory calls for a quantitative investment approach via indices.
The Covid-19 crisis is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of human societies and our dependence on the balance of natural systems. It is true for health issues but also for biodiversity and climate issues.
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Deutsche Boerse Resolves Second Major Trading Outage of 2020
July 1, 2020--Stock exchanges from Frankfurt to Zagreb were down for hours
Bug-prone third-party software, now fixed, caused the halt
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Contagion can spread via cross-asset links, ECB study shows
July 1, 2020-- Research throws more light on the hidden risks of central clearing
Financial stress can move between central counterparties, clearing members and their clients more widely than previously thought, recent research suggests.
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New Amundi ETF on Xetra: Sustainable investments in emerging markets
June 30, 2020--Since Tuesday a new Exchange Traded Fund issued by Amundi is tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
With the Amundi MSCI Emerging ESG Leaders UCITS ETF DR (C), investors invest in large and medium-sized companies from 26 emerging markets in accordance with sustainability criteria.
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ECB-Euro money market statistics: third maintenance period 2020
June 30, 2020--Daily average borrowing turnover in the unsecured segment decreased from €152 billion in the second maintenance period of 2020 to €145 billion in the third maintenance period of 2020.
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The Wirecard debacle calls for a rethink of EU, not just German, financial reporting supervision
June 30, 2020--The spectacular collapse of Wirecard AG should serve as a wake-up call for the European Union on the need to pool the relevant supervisory mandates at EU level.
Wirecard AG, the Munich-based payments and financial services company that was a member of the DAX index of Germany's 30 leading blue chip stocks, collapsed spectacularly and filed for insolvency on June 25, 2020.
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European exchanges reject London's plan for shorter trading day
June 30, 2020--Shorter hours would not be in the best interests of investors or stock markets, European bourses said on Wednesday, dashing hopes at banks and investment companies in London of cutting 90 minutes from the trading day.
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Solactive releases 'Solactive right, 2 Degree-Aligned Europe Index' based on right, based on Science's XDC Economic Climate Impact Model
June 29, 2020--With numerous regulatory initiatives concerning sustainable finance, the European Union is currently setting the course for the area's transition towards the <2°C scenario captured in the Paris Agreement. This shift creates a quest for innovative data to shape the investment solutions supporting this transition not only in Europe but on a global scale.
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New Credit Suisse ETFs on Xetra: Sustainable investments in global real estate stocks and US small cap companies
June 29, 2020--Since Monday, two new exchange traded funds issued by Credit Suisse Asset Management have been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The CSIF (IE) FTSE EPRA Nareit Developed Green Blue UCITS ETF- B USD enables investors to invest globally in the performance of real estate companies and listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). The properties are subjected to a sustainability assessment, considering energy consumption values and "Green Building" certification.
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EU fund performance forecasts 'failed Covid-19 test'
June 29, 2020--Controversial European rules designed to help retail investors choose suitable funds failed to warn about steep performance falls during the coronavirus-induced market sell-off, raising more doubts about the effectiveness of the regulations.
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Credit Suisse new ETF range hits $2bn in three months
June 29, 2020--The asset manager has also launched two new passive strategies that focus on ESG and allocate to global real estate and US small caps.
Credit Suisse AM's first ETF range has reached $2bn in assets in only three months since its official launch.
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The Climate Financial Risk Forum publishes its guide to help the financial industry address climate-related financial risks
June 29, 2020-Today the Climate Financial Risk Forum (CFRF) has published a guide written by industry for industry to help firms approach and address climate-related financial risks. The guide, the first of its kind, provides practical recommendations to firms of all sizes on disclosure of climate-related financial risks; effective risk management; scenario analysis, and opportunities for innovation in the interest of consumers.
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ESMA responds to European Commission consultation on the Digital Finance Stragtegy
June 29, 2020--Thee European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU's securities markets regulator, has submitted a response to the European Commission’s (EC) consultation on a new digital finance strategy for the European Union (EU). ESMA welcomes the EC consultation noting that it builds on the 2018 FinTech Action Plan that set a number of deliverables for the ESAs, all of which were completed.
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Broad German Parliament Alliance Plans to Back ECB Bond Buying
June 29, 2020--A broad coalition of ruling and opposition parties in Germany has agreed on a draft motion to back the European Central Bank's bond buying program, according to two officials familiar with the accord, likely ending a standoff that was triggered by the country’s constitutional court last month.
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New UBS ETFs on Xetra: Currency-hedged investments in Japanese and UK equities and sustainable investments in global corporate bonds
June 26, 2020--Three new ETFs issued by UBS Global Asset Management have been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Friday.
With the UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Japan UCITS ETF (hedged to EUR) A-acc and the UBS ETF (LU) MSCI United Kingdom UCITS ETF (hedged to EUR) A-acc, investors can invest in large and medium-sized companies from Japan and the UK. Investors are hedged against currency risks against the Euro.
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Amundi claims first with EU climate benchmark-aligned mandate
June 26, 2020--A group of major French institutional investors has awarded Amundi a mandate to manage a euro-zone equity index fund that the manager said represents the first investment solution fully eligible for the pending EU "Paris-aligned" climate benchmark label.
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Avelacom Sees London As Largest Global Cloud-Based Infra Centre For Crypto Market
June 26, 2020--Avelacom is leading low latency connectivity and IT infrastructure solutions provider, revealed in its latest update that it views London as the largest global cloud-based infrastructure center for cryptocurrency trading activities.
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ECB-Monetary developments in the euro area: May 2020
June 26, 2020--Annual growth rate of broad monetary aggregate M3 increased to 8.9% in May 2020 from 8.2% in April (revised from 8.3%)
Annual growth rate of narrower monetary aggregate M1, comprising currency in circulation and overnight deposits, increased to 12.5% in May from 11.9% in April.
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Worst may be over for battered British economy-Reuters poll
June 25, 2020--Britain's economy is shrinking at its fastest pace in centuries as the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic saps demand, but it's likely to bounce back to growth next quarter as more businesses reopen, a Reuters poll found.
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ECB-Meeting of 3-4 June 2020-Account of the monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank held in Frankfurt am Main
June 25, 2020--1. Review of financial, economic and monetary developments and policy options
Financial market developments
Ms Schnabel reviewed the financial market developments since the Governing Council's monetary policy meeting on 29-30 April 2020. Three key conclusions could be drawn on the basis of recent market developments.
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Investors should start treating the British pound like an emerging markets currency, analysts say
June 25, 2020--The British pound is behaving like an emerging markets currency due to Brexit and liquidity conditions, Bank of America analysts claim.
In a note this week, Kamal Sharma and Myria Kyriacou, analysts at the bank, warned that the U.K.'s departure from the European Union would permanently change sentiment around sterling.
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21Shares launches three sterling-hedged cryptocurrency ETPs
June 24, 2020--Cryptocurrency ETP provider 21Shares, formerly known as Amun, has launched the world's first three sterling-hedged cryptocurrency exchange-traded products (ETPs).
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Solactive expands its Solactive ISS ESG Screened Corporate Bond Index Series with High Yield & Investment Grade Bonds denominated in EUR & USD
June 24, 2020--As investors' demand in ESG investments rises, German index Provider Solactive launched today its expansion for its ISS ESG Screened Corporate Bond Index series, now pooling High Yield & Investment Grade Bonds denominated in EUR and USD in respective market value-weighted indices.
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E.U. May Bar American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus
June 23, 2020--European Union officials are racing to agree on who can visit the bloc as of July 1 based on how countries of origin are faring with new coronavirus cases. Americans, so far, are excluded, according to draft lists seen by The New York Times.
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Brussels refers LSE-Refinitiv deal for full antitrust investigation
June 22, 2020--Regulators worry a combined group could offer customers preferential data services.
Brussels has sent the London Stock Exchange Group's planned $27bn takeover of Refinitiv for an in-depth antitrust investigation, with
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World's first centrally cleared Bitcoin ETN launched on Xetra
June 18, 2020--Easy access to the performance of the crypto currency Bitcoin / product with full physical collateralisation
The BTCetc Bitcoin Exchange Traded Crypto (ISIN: DE000A27Z304) issued by ETC Issuance, which is the world's first centrally cleared Bitcoin tracker, was listed on Xetra today.
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New Ossiam ETF on Xetra: Eurozone government bonds with low Co2 emissions
June 18, 2020--Since Thursday a new ETF issued by Ossiam is tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The Ossiam Euro Government Bonds 3-5Y Carbon Reduction-UCITS ETF 1C (EUR) gives investors the opportunity to participate in the performance of euro-denominated government bonds with a residual maturity of three to five years.
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The EU's recovery fund proposals: crisis relief with massive redistribution
June 17, 2020--Poorer European Union countries and those hardest hit economically by the COVID-19 crisis could obtain up to 15% of their GNI in grants and guarantees from the EU' proposed recovery instruments.
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Easygainer -Solactive's Food Delivery Index underlines Vontobel's newly issued Index Tracker
June 16, 2020--In recent years, food delivery services have experienced a surge in demand, which has accelerated significantly during the Covid-19 crisis. With paradigm shifts appearing all over society, the trend of ordering food online ought to consolidate further, resulting in an investment opportunity for asset owners, who want to participate in the potential increase in stocks' values, thereby benefiting from this development in the process.
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Occupational change, artificial intelligence and the geography of EU labour markets
June 15, 2020--From 2002 up to 2009, the economies of European Union countries went through a skill upgrading, rather than a polarisation between low-skill and high-skill jobs.
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Solactive releases Three Thematic Index Families
June 15, 2020--Solactive's three new families of indices address the following themes -National Defense, Aging of America, and Artificial Intelligence. The indices utilize a proprietary Natural Language Processing algorithm, which identifies the constituents for the new index families through the processing of large data sets.
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Majority of ESG funds outperform wider market over 10 years
June 13, 2020--Study of sustainable funds counters claims that ESG investment comes at the expense of performance
Close to six out of 10 sustainable funds delivered higher returns than equivalent conventional funds over the past decade, according to a study that undermines claims that investing based on environmental, social and governance principles hampers performance.
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ECB-Euro area securities issues statistics: April 2020
June 12, 2020--The annual growth rate of the outstanding amount of debt securities issued by euro area residents increased from 2.8% in March 2020 to 4.5% in April.
For the outstanding amount of listed shares issued by euro area residents, the annual growth rate was 0.0% in April 2020, the same as in March.
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18 years of growth wiped out as lockdown triggers record economic slump
June 12, 2020-Boris Johnson predicts a "bounce back" as the economy reopens following the dire contraction recorded for April
The UK economy suffered its biggest collapse in April as the coronavirus lockdown crushed GDP by more than 20pc.
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OECD Economic Outlook-The world economy on a tightrope
June 10, 2020--The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered the most severe recession in nearly a century and is causing enormous damage to people's health, jobs and well-being, according to the OECD's latest Economic Outlook.
As restrictions begin to ease, the path to economic recovery remains highly uncertain and vulnerable to a second wave of infections.
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Press Release: 'A new vision for Europe's capital markets'
June 10, 2020--A new vision for Europe's capital markets' has long been required and is needed now more than ever. FESE welcomes the recommendations published today by the High-Level Forum on capital markets union (HLF) in their synonymously named report.
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Exclusive: ECB prepares 'bad bank' plan for wave of coronavirus toxic debt
June 10, 2020-- European Central Bank officials are drawing up a scheme to cope with potentially hundreds of billions of euros of unpaid loans in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
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