SA News • Dec. 10, 2014
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Dec. 10, 2014, 1:16 PM
- The iShares MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (NYSEARCA:CRBN) launched yesterday, less then a month after SSgA’s SPDR MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (NYSEARCA:LOWC).
- Both funds track the MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target Index, which is designed to overweight companies that have low carbon emissions and is derived from the MSCI All Country World Index.
- According to Barron's Focus on Funds blog post today, "at $72 million, the iShares ETF is already the most successful ETF launch, by assets, since October, according to research firm XTF."
- Other socially responsible investing ETFs: DSI, KLD, TOK, RODI, EQLT
Dec. 1, 2014, 11:02 AM
- The SPDR MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (NYSEARCA:LOWC) will track an index of companies around the world with relatively slight carbon profiles, which are likely to increase in value over time.
- "The MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target Index is designed to address two dimensions of carbon exposure—carbon emissions and fossil fuel reserves. By overweighting companies with low carbon emissions relative to sales and per dollar of market capitalization, the Index aims to reflect a lower carbon exposure than that of the broad market," as stated in the fund's fact sheet.
- Other social responsibility ETFs: DSI, KLD, TOK, RODI, EQLT
Sep. 12, 2014, 10:42 AM
- The Barclays Return on Disability ETN (NYSEARCA:RODI) tracks a 100-stock index from the Donovan Group which include firms based on how they treat customers and employees with disabilities.
- “We use almost a decade of observation of progress around people with disabilities to isolate the actions by companies that either grow revenue or cut cost to create shareholder value,” said Rich Donovan, CEO of The Return on Disability Group, in a press release.
- This is not the first socially responsible fund by Barclays; the Barclays Women In Leadership ETN (NYSEARCA:WIL), which launched in July, invests in companies that have a strong female presence in upper management.
- Other ETFs focused on socially responsible investing: DSI, KLD, TOK, EQLT
Mar. 12, 2014, 12:28 PM
- Mebane Faber's Cambria ETF Trust has introduced the Cambria Global Value ETF (GVAL), the newest addition to its lineup.
- GVAL will track an index of global funds based on systematic quantitative screens and hopes to avoid overvalued markets.
- Other broad global ETFs: VT, ACWI, IOO, ONEF, DGT, FIGY, RWV, TOK, IEIL
Feb. 27, 2014, 11:26 AM
- The SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS ETF (SIPE) launches today and will offer investors short term exposure to the TIPS market; this space features a lot of competition.
- The iShares Enhanced International Large Cap ETF (IEIL) and Enhanced International Small Cap ETF (IEIS) began their active strategy this morning and offer expense ratios of 0.35% and 0.49% respectively.
- The PowerShares International BuyBack Achievers Portfolio (IPKW), like IEIL and IEIS, is based on a previously launched domestic strategy; the PowerShares BuyBack Achievers Portfolio (PKW).
- TIPS ETFs: TIP, VTIP, IPE, SCHP, STPZ, LTPZ, TIPZ, STIP, TPS, TDTT, TIPX, TDTF
- Broad international ETFs: VT, VSS, SCZ, DLS, ACWI, IOO, SCHC, ONEF, DGT, FIGY, RWV, FNDC, TOK
- Buyback ETFs: SYLD, FYLD
Feb. 26, 2014, 10:46 PM
- The iShares Enhanced International Large Cap ETF (IEIL) and Enhanced International Small Cap ETF (IEIS) will begin trading when markets open tomorrow.
- Both funds will invest at least 80% of their net assets in their chosen market cap at all times and will be actively managed.
- The funds were modeled after IELG and IESM, which were launched 10 months ago and have returned 18% and 25% respectively since inception.
- Other global ETFs: VT, VSS, SCZ, DLS, ACWI, IOO, SCHC, ONEF, DGT, FIGY, RWV, FNDC, TOK
Jan. 15, 2014, 4:16 AM
- The World Bank expects global economic expansion to accelerate to 3.2% in 2014 from 2.4% in 2013, led by advanced economies that seem "to be finally turning the corner" following the financial crisis.
- In its Global Economic Prospects report, the bank also forecasts growth of 3.4% in 2015 and 3.5% in 2016.
- The bank predicts that the U.S. will expand 2.8% this year, up from 1.8% last year.
- While the Fed's scaling back of its bond-buying program is one headwind for global prospects, stronger growth in high-income countries should offset the impact of the taper, the bank says. (PR)
- ETFs: EEM, VWO, EFA, EDC, VEA, VT, FM, EDZ, EEB, SCHE, IEMG, FRN, BIK, ACWI, EEV, BKF, PIE, IOO, CEW, ADRE, IEFA, EUM, FNI, DZK, EET, PIZ, DPK, GWX, GMM, BBRC, EFZ, URTH, ONEF, EFU, DGT, DBEF, EEME, FIGY, EMDD, MFLA, EMCR, BICK, DBEM, PXF, EFO, ADRD, FEM, EWEM, RWV, JEM, EMBB, EMLB, FNDF, TOK, EMFM, IFSM, EMSA, IDHQ, FWDI, EMDR, EMFT, FDT
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