Investors turn to ETF options for safety amid turmoil-continued

November 1, 2018--A chastening October reminds some investors about the risks of a further drop
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Global ETP News
Global ETF Review 2018: Insights into a multi-trillion dollar industry
February 20, 2019--Quick read-Summary:
We launched the first edition of the quarterly BetaShares Global ETF Review-analysing the key trends & developments in the industry outside Australia.
The global ETF industry ended 2018 at US$4.8 trillion in assets under management (AuM), posting a robust annual growth rate of 20% since 2005.
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Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked
February 19, 2019--More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built.
arly last month, the security team at Coinbase noticed something strange going on in Ethereum Classic, one of the cryptocurrencies people can buy and sell using Coinbase’s popular exchange platform.
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Advisory fees push commissions further into the background
February 19, 2019--Fee-based advice is not perfect, but most clients prefer it over a commission-based option
When there's a financial professional in the picture, investors mostly prefer paying fees based on assets under management.
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Price Tag for Sustainable Infrastructure Spending in Developing Countries is 4.5% of GDP
February 19, 2019--A new World Bank report finds that investments of 4.5 percent of GDP will allow developing countries achieve their infrastructure-related Sustainable Development Goals and stay on track to limit climate change to up to 2°C. Beyond the Gap, also finds infrastructure investment compatible with full decarbonization need not cost more than more polluting alternatives.
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BIS-Over-the-counter market liquidity and securities lending
February 19, 2019--Summary
Focus
This paper studies how securities lending affects over-the-counter market (OTC) liquidity.
Contribution
The financial crisis of 2007-09 kindled a wider interest in studies of liquidity in OTC financial markets, such as the corporate bond market. Buyers and sellers in these markets trade without centralised exchanges. The greater time and resources needed to complete trades can impede market liquidity-the ability to transact efficiently.
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Cryptoassets: Venture into the Unknown
February 18, 2019--Last year, investors watched as the prices of various cryptoassets collapsed. The industry's most famous digital asset, Bitcoin, lost roughly three quarters of its value, as it slid from more than $16,000 a coin to less than $4,000.
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BetaShares-Buy the rumour
February 18, 2019--Week in Review
It was another positive week for global stocks, as ongoing encouraging talk about progress in US-China trade talks remained the gift that keeps on giving. Last week it was Trump's announced willingness to extend the March 1 deadline that boosted sentiment.
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TradeWeb Trading Activity Starts The New Year Strong
February 18, 2019--Trading activity set a new record in January 2019 following the previous high set in December 2018. Average daily volume (ADV) for Tradeweb Markets of $624.5 billion (bn) across rates, credit, money markets and equities during the month was up 20.7 percent (%) year over year and average daily trades totaled 51,221.
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BlackRock and Vanguard pull in 57% of global fund flows in 2018
February 17, 2019-- Chart of the week: index funds far outpaced active peers in a year defined by volatility
BlackRock and Vanguard together grabbed more than half of global net new inflows into long-term mutual funds in 2018, ratcheting up the pressure on the business models of smaller rivals.
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Flow Traders releases January 2019 ETP market statistics
February 14, 2019--Flow Traders N.V. ("Flow Traders") (Euronext: FLOW), today releases the monthly ETP (Exchange Traded Products) market statistics for January 2019. This refers to general market observations only.
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ETFGI reports assets invested in global ETFs and ETPs industry rises back above 5 trillion US dollars in January 2019
February 14, 2019--ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that ETFs and ETPs listed Globally gathered net inflows of US$17.35 billion in January.
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FSB report assesses FinTech developments and potential financial stability implications
February 14, 2019--The Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report today on FinTech and market structure in financial services. The publication is part of the FSB's ongoing work to monitor FinTech market developments and their potential implications for financial stability.
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World Gold Council-Gold Investor-February 2019
February 12, 2019--In this edition of Gold Investor, we look back to the financial crisis; we consider the effect on the gold market since then and we look to the future.
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Global blockchain market to reach nearly half a trillion dollars by 2030, IHS Markit
February 12, 2019--IHS Markit expects revenues could reach $462 billion from using blockchain technology across global financial services.
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The World Federation of Exchanges publishes 2018 Full Year Market Highlights
February 12, 2019--The World Federation of Exchanges ("WFE"), the global industry group for exchanges and CCPs, has today published its 2018 Full Year Market Highlights report.
Global stock markets had a turbulent year in 2018. Volatility made a come-back, breaking the spell of stable markets in 2017.
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BofA: Investors remain bearish on economy despite stocks rallying
February 12, 2019--Most investors remain bearish on the economy despite the recent rally in equity markets, as shown by cash allocations being the most overweight since the global financial crisis, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch's monthly fund manager survey released Tuesday.
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Eurex clears first swap transaction for U.S. end clients
February 11, 2019--Eurex Clearing, one of the world's leading central counterparties (CCP), has cleared its first swap transaction for end clients domiciled in the U.S.
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Institutional investors looking more closely into companies, boards-Morrow Sodali
February 11, 2019--Asset owners and managers continue to "dig deeper" into how their portfolio companies are dealing with issues such as ESG, executive pay and activism, and away from compliance checklists, according to Morrow Sodali's Institutional Investor Survey released Monday.
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Global ETF Investors Rank Historical Performance as Top Criteria for Choosing an ETF
February 11, 2019--Defying industry assumptions that cost is everything, Brown Brothers Harriman's ETF survey finds additional criteria are increasingly being considered
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Sovereign borrowing outlook for OECD countries, 2007 to 2019-Gross borrowings of OECD governments from the market are set to reach a new record level in 2019 by exceeding USD 11 trillion
February 8, 2019--This report examines net and gross sovereign borrowing in OECD countries from 2007 to 2019. It first looks at net and gross borrowing needs of OECD governments in the context of fiscal developments. It then considers recent trends in central government marketable debt in the OECD area and central government debt ratios for groups of selected OECD countries. Finally, the report examines funding strategies and growing issuance of debt with 30 or more years of maturities.
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IOSCO practices aim to create robust framework for commodities' storage and delivery
February 7, 2019--The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) today published a report that sets out good or sound practices to assist relevant storage infrastructures and their oversight bodies to identify and address issues that could influence the pricing of commodity derivatives and in turn affect market integrity and efficiency.
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The good news on pensions: sustainable equals profitable
February 7, 2019--Would you be interested in investing in companies that produce nuclear weapons? Or companies that damage the environment, pollute our seas or violate human rights? Or companies that have been related to corruption scandals? If your answer is "no", unfortunately it is likely that you are investing in some way in these types of companies today.
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Growth and economic well-being: third quarter 2018, OECD
OECD household income growth continues to lag GDP growth in third quarter of 2018
February 7, 2019--Growth in real household income per capita, which provides a better picture of changes in households' economic well-being than real GDP growth per capita, slowed to 0.1 % in the OECD area in the third quarter of 2018, compared with 0.2% in the second quarter of 2018.
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FTSE Russell-Multi-asset benchmarks for US investors
February 7, 2019--FTSE Russell is proud to announce the launch of the FTSE Market Based Allocation Index Series, a new set of benchmarks designed to represent the performance of multi-asset investment portfolios across objectively-defined risk tolerance profiles.
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World Gold Council-Global gold-backed ETFs continued their strong growth in January
February 6, 2019--Holdings in global gold-backed ETFs and similar products rose in January by 72 tonnes(t) to 2,513t, equivalent to US$3.1bn in inflows, marking the fourth consecutive month of net inflows. Notably, total holdings have not been this high since March 2013, when the price of gold was 22% higher.
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ETFGI reports asset growth and net inflows in global ETFs ETPs industry continues to outpace global Hedge Fund industry in Q4 2018
February 6, 2019--ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally amounted to US$4.82 trillion at the end of Q4 2018, following net?inflows of US$164.84 billion and market moves during Q4. The Global Hedge Fund industry saw assets fall to US$3.11trillion, with net outflows of US$22.5 billion during the quarter (source: hedge fund data HFR), according to ETFGI's Q4 2018 Global ETF and ETP industry landscape report a paid for subscription research service.
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World Gold Council-The relevance of gold as a strategic asset
February 5, 2019--Gold is a highly liquid yet scarce asset, and it is no one's liability. It is bought as a luxury good as much as an investment. As such' gold can play four fundamental roles in a portfolio:
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IMF Departmental Papers/Policy Papers-Debt Maturity and the Use of Short-Term Debt: Evidence form Sovereigns and Firms
January 5, 2019--The maturity structure of debt can have financial and real consequences. Short-term debt exposes borrowers to rollover risk (where the terms of financing are renegotiated to the detriment of the borrower) and is associated with financial crises.
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IMF How To Notes-How to Organize Central Securities Depositories in Developing Markets: Key Considerations
February 4, 2019--Summary:
The key objective of this note is to support authorities in their decision making about the optimal organization of central securities depositories (CSDs) in their country. For the purpose of this note, a CSD is defined as an entity that provides securities accounts, a securities settlement system, and central safekeeping services to market participants, which can be banks and other financial institutions.
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FSB publishes Global Monitoring Report on Non-Bank Financial Intermediation 2018
February 4, 2019--The Financial Stability Board (FSB) today published the Global Monitoring Report on Non-Bank Financial Intermediation 2018. The report presents the results of the FSB's eighth annual monitoring exercise that assesses global trends and risks from non-bank financial intermediation.
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Solactive releases new line of ESG indices with ESG provider ISS ESG
February 1, 2019--"ESG is not just a trend. It is going to dominate contemporary investors' decisions on financial strategies for the future to come", outlines Timo Pfeiffer, Head of Research at Solactive on Solactive's recent index development. The German index provider released a new line of ESG screened indices in the equity and fixed income space.
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Emerging Market regulators consult on recommendations related to sustainable finance
February 1, 2019-Securities regulators from growth and emerging markets are seeking public feedback on proposed recommendations related to the development of sustainable finance in capital markets and the role of securities regulators in this area.
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ETFGI reports Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPS listed globally gather net inflows of US$679 Million during December 2018
January 31, 2019--ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$679 million during December.
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World Gold Council-Gold Demand Trends Full year and Q4 2018
January 31, 2019--Key highlights
Central banks added 651.5t to official gold reserves in 2018, the second highest yearly total on record. Net purchases jumped to their highest since the end of US dollar convertibility into gold in 1971, as a greater pool of central banks turned to gold as a diversifier.
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Global ETF Industry Set to Double in Next Five Years; Canadian Industry to See Even Faster Growth
January 31, 2019--2018 brought the advent of the asset allocation ETF, an industry disruptor
ETFs continue to prove their value through times of global market volatility
BMO GAM offers 77 mandates and has a market share of 31 per cent in Canada
BMO Global Asset Management (BMO GAM) today released its annual ETF Outlook Report, which examines the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) industry and highlights the trends expected to drive the year ahead.
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ETFGI reports assets invested in actively managed ETFs and ETPs listed globally attract inflows of US$628 million during December
January 30, 2019--ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that actively managed ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$628 million during December.
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ETFGI reports Smart Beta ETFs and ETPs listed globally gather net inflows of US$12.42 Bn during December 2018
January 30, 2019--ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that equity-based Smart Beta ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$12.42 billion during December.
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World Gold Council-Cryptocurrencies are not a safe-haven
January 29, 2019--In Q4 2018, as global stock markets experienced their worst quarter since 2009, cryptocurrencies had a prime opportunity to demonstrate qualities associated with safe havens like gold.
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Global Robotics: potential value opportunities following the market pull back
January 29, 2019--As a high growth sector with strong exposure to Asian markets, it's no surprise that global robotics companies suffered a setback with the downturn in global equity markets in 2018.
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First Bridge Data'ETF 20/20': Exchange Traded Funds-Reviewing 2018
January 28, 2019--Key Highlights
This month's report briefly summarizes Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) trends globally in 2018. It uses data from the First Bridge ETF database that includes all global ETPs.
Key industry developments in 2018 included the US SEC's proposed rule 6c-11 to simplify ETF approvals; the issuance of a regulatory summary statement by the Central Bank of Ireland; the creation of the Communications Services GICS sector and the addition of Chinese 'A' Shares to MSCI's emerging market indices.
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Investors Remain Enamored by Passively Managed Funds in 2018
January 25, 2019--Passively managed funds (including conventional funds and ETFs) attracted $445.1 billion in 2018, while their actively managed counterparts handed back some $282.9 billion (ex-money market funds) for the same time period.
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IMF Working Paper-Commodity Terms of Trade: A New Database
January 24, 2019--This paper presents a comprehensive database of country-specific commodity price indices for 182 economies covering the period 1962-2018. For each country, the change in the international price of up to 45 individual commodities is weighted using commodity-level trade data.
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Committee on the Global Financial System report outlines ways to boost domestic capital markets
January 23, 2019--Policymakers and stakeholders can do more to promote the development of robust and efficient capital markets, according to a new report by the Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS).
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