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Lyxor AM launches first UK-listed Russian ETF


Société Générale subsidiary Lyxor Asset has launched four new emerging market exchange-traded funds, including the first ETF covering the Russian market to be l

Société Générale subsidiary Lyxor Asset has launched four new emerging market exchange-traded funds, including the first ETF covering the Russian market to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.

The new funds are the Lyxor ETF Russia, based on the DJ Rusindex Titans 10, the Lyxor ETF Brazil, based on the Ibovespa index, the Lyxor ETF MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex-Japan (which is the first ETF covering the entire Asia Pacific ex-Japan region including Australia and New Zealand to be listed in London, and the Lyxor ETF China Enterprise. All four funds are available in sterling or US dollars.

The new ETFs are designed to provide investors with individual exposure to the Brazilian, Russian, Asia-Pacific and Chinese markets, with total expense ratios of 0.65 per cent. The launch follows Lyxor’s introduction last month of the Lyxor ETF India and the Lyxor ETF South Africa, based on the FTSE JSE TOP 40.

Daniel Draper, head of Lyxor ETFs for UK, Ireland and the Nordic region, says: ‘Our new ETFs offer investors the ability to capture these emerging market opportunities through a highly efficient, transparent and cost-effective investment vehicle. Lyxor is particularly proud to be the first issuer to offer a Russian ETF to UK investors.

‘The Lyxor ETF MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex-Japan is also a significant development as UK investors can for the first time access the entire non-Japan Asia Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand, in just one trade. Given this, and the strong performance of these exciting markets and their growing popularity amongst investors, we are confident our new ETFs will be well received by investors.’
Lyxor research indicates that intermediaries have a positive outlook toward the emerging markets covered by Lyxor’s new ETFs. In a survey of the long-term investment prospects for Brazil, Russia, Asia-Pacific (ex Japan) and China, 64.7 per cent, 60.7 per cent, 74.5 per cent and 78.4 per cent respectively responded positively.

Lyxor had EUR24.4bn in ETF assets and a European market share of 29.2 per cent at the end of September. It offers a range of ETFs based on equity, bond, commodity, and sector indices listed on seven European stock exchanges, and recently expanded into Asia with the launch of six ETFs each in Singapore and in Hong Kong. Created in 1998, Lyxor Asset Management currently manages total assets of EUR69.3bn, including EUR 25.2bn in alternative investments and EUR19.7bn in structured management.

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