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Single vs Multi-Factor ETFs

The irresistible charm of factor investing (single or multi-factor ETFs) lies in their ability to offer potential for out performance, which has led to their explosive growth in recent years. Traditional index funds only use market capitalisation as a factor. Smart-Beta Funds offer a variety of alternatives by offering [...]

The easiest way to create your own indices for ETFs

ETFs have been at the centre of investor money flows for decades. Until the early 2000s, they were restricted to pure passive strategies tracking well known market indices like S&P 500 in the US (no wonder S&P 500 ETFs are the biggest ETFs in the world!) Since the beginning of [...]

What’s the impact of MiFID II on investment research?

8 months in, MiFID II has started to show its impact in the market. One of the mandates of this new regulation was to unbundle research from trade execution. This mandate was created to bring in more transparency and accountability across the board including how investor money was spent [...]

What you should know about MiFID II

Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID II, was enforced on 03 Jan 2018. This new regulation is aimed at providing greater protection to investors across the spectrum of asset classes. MiFID II covers exchange traded funds (ETFs), foreign exchange, fixed income and equities. The MiFID II regulation is [...]

Smart beta era for fixed-income?

World’s biggest asset manager BlackRock has listed their fixed income range smart beta last month, iShares Edge High Yield Defensive Bond ETF. While the equity smart beta strategies and ETFs are hugely popular, fixed income smart beta products (ETFs in particular) are still in a nascent [...]

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