ETFs Report 2014

Dark cloudsDemand for fixed income ETFs is high but there may be significant product gaps in the market, finds Nick Fitzpatrick. Investors need these filling as the possibility of interest rate changes looms.

ChinaChinese state-owned companies are now encouraged to pay out at least a third of their profits in dividends, something that has caught the imagination of exchange-traded fund investors. Stefanie Eschenbacher explores the market.

Gareth ParkerGareth Parker of Russell Indexes discusses small cap indices, the importance of index construction for investors and the limitations of the S&P 500.

ETF providers have done well to provide investors with building blocks for equity portfolios. There is now a need for more fixed income development, our ETF panel hears. Currency hedging woud also be useful. The panel also considers how regulatory changes, like the UK’s RDR, is helping the ETF market. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

Chanchal SamadderThe JPX Nikkei 400, the new Japanese index launched at the beginning of this year, has been a talking point across the world. Chanchal Samadder, head of UK sales, Lyxor ETF, discusses how it could fundamentally change the way investors allocate to Japanese equities.

DigitsThere are clear benefits of trade reporting for European ETFs and all the major market players have expressed their support. Why then, asks Nicholas Pratt, is the market nowhere close to having such a facility?

PathAs the ETF market in Europe grapples with the challenges of market structure, transparency and regulation, Fiona Moore at Northern Trust explains the role that service providers can play in advising clients of the latest developments and their impact.

UmbrellasThe ETF market is a competitive enviroment dominated by some big players, but other providers are determined to go their own way. Alix Robertson asks how these firms aim to set themselves apart in the low-cost ETF arena.