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Exchange-traded commodity specialist ETF Securities, the global pioneer and market leader in Exchange Traded Commodities has launched its first platform of equity-index tracking exchange t

Exchange-traded commodity specialist ETF Securities, the global pioneer and market leader in Exchange Traded Commodities has launched its first platform of equity-index tracking exchange traded funds on the London Stock Exchange.

According to ETF Securities, the range provides access to some of the most important investment themes in world financial markets and is designed to complement its existing suite of ETCs that offer direct long, short and leveraged exposure to world commodity markets. All the new ETFs will have a zero total expense ration until January 31 next year.

The firm says its equity ETFs cover investment themes to which exposure through ETCs is impossible or impractical, such as water, coal, steel, shipping, alternative energy and nuclear power, due to difficulties in obtaining exposure to the underlying asset.

In addition, ETF Securities says, under different market conditions, there are times when commodities will outperform comparable commodity companies and vice versa, and that together its ETCs and ETFs enable investors to access a wide range of investment opportunities.

The 13 new ETFs, available in both sterling and their base currency, are ETFS WNA Global Nuclear Energy, ETFS Janney Global Water, ETFS S-Net ITG Global Agri Business, ETFS Russell Global Coal, ETFS Russell Global Gold, ETFS Russell Global Steel, ETFS Russell Global Shipping Large Cap, ETFS Russell 1000 and ETFS Russell 2000 (US dollars), ETFS Daxglobal Alternative Energy, TFS Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Basic Resources, ETFS Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Oil & Gas and ETFS Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Utilities (euros).

The firm becomes the first European issuer to offer ETFs based on two US equity benchmarks, the large-cap Russell 1000 and small-cap Russell 2000 indices, which it says are the most comprehensive and unbiased large-cap and small-cap barometers of the US equity market. It has also licensed four commodity sector indices tracking companies from the global shipping, coal, steel and gold industries.

The Daxglobal Alternative Energy Index replicates the performance of the 15 largest and most liquid companies worldwide in the alternative energy segment. Three companies are selected from each of five equally-weighted sub-segments, wind, solar, natural gas, ethanol and a cluster of geo-thermal, hydro energy and batteries.

The WNA Nuclear Energy Index, the official index of the World Nuclear Association, is an equity benchmark for companies engaged in the nuclear energy industry and offers exposure to its various constituent business segments, primary construction, reactors, nuclear power generation, technology, equipment, service providers and fuels.

The Janney Global Water Index is an equity benchmark for companies engaged in the water utilities and water technology industries, which equally weighted.

The S-Network ITG Agriculture Index comprises companies that are principally engaged in primary agricultural activity, comprising seeds, chemicals and fertilisers, equipment, commodity agricultural products and livestock.

The Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Basic Resources, Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Oil & Gas and Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Utilities indexes are part of the Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Supersector Indexes. The index universe includes all companies in the Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Index, classified according to their primary source of revenue, and the indices aim to represent the largest European companies in their respective sector.

‘ETF Securities is extremely proud to be able to offer this exciting platform of 13 new equity ETFs to European investors,’ says chairman Graham Tuckwell. ‘This broadens the asset classes ETF Securities offers to include equities and commodities.

‘The decision to launch equity ETFs on thematic sectors has come largely from our clients who have consistently asked ETF Securities to provide them with more investment opportunities, particularly themes or sectors they are currently unable to access through ETCs.’

Pietro Poletto, head of ETF and ETC markets at the London Stock Exchange, says: ‘ETF Securities’ first range of exchange-traded funds builds on their expertise in exchange-traded commodities to provide investors with opportunities in important industrial and resource sectors.

‘They are joining a market that has continued to expand rapidly with new and innovative products, and increased levels of investor activity even against a backdrop of exceptionally volatile market conditions.’

ETF Securities offers a platform of more than 120 ETCs offering physical, classic, forward, short and leveraged exposure to energy, agriculture, livestock, industrial metals and precious metals listed on the stock exchanges in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Milan and Paris, and last week a carbon ETC providing access to the burgeoning carbon emissions trading market.

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