Allan Lane, Algo-Chain

ETF Express 30/04/20

It’s not all good news by any means, but a lot of people in the ETF world are quietly enjoying the fact that the sector met a huge period of volatility, long forecasted to be the occasion when ETFs would cause a systemic financial crisis, and sailed relatively safely through.

And here we are a few weeks later, back to launches, with BNY Mellon taking its first step in the water, launching a range of ETFs – a couple of which are completely free. Read our interview with Stephanie Pierce in this week’s newsletter.

DWS came out with its observations that ETFs showed their mettle through the period of financial volatility and Moody’s observed that the only real hint of liquidity issues arose in the fixed income market. Franklin Templeton’s head of capital markets for global ETFs, David Mann, also commented on the fixed income outcome, particularly on the US’s Federal Reserve’s promises to buy up bonds, both directly and through ETFs. 

Read our interview with him in which he questions which bond ETFs the Fed might be buying. This is a timely piece with this week’s latest announcement from the Fed’s Chairman Powell that they are battening down the hatches, as they face: “Considerable risks to the economic outlook over the medium term.”

Some good news for ETFs? India likes them – Cerulli Associates reports that assets are growing in the country, backed by support from the regulator and government.

Finally, we have Hartford Funds’ Brian Kraus who urges investors not to forget multi-factor ETFs during this time.

Another great thing not to forget to do is signing up for our almost live digital summit – qualified investment managers can join us for free at etfLIVE Europe which will take place online from 19-21 May. Click here to register.

Beverly Chandler,
Managing Editor, ETF Express

Companies in this issue
BNY Mellon
Cerulli Associates
Franklin Templeton
Hartford Funds
SCB Asset Management



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