This week we have an interview with Siyabulela Nomoyi, Quantitative Portfolio Manager at South Africa’s asset management firm Satrix, about the launch of an inclusion and diversity ETF, the first of its kind in South Africa, which strives to challenge South African companies to do better when it comes to inclusion and diversity. Nomoyi says that the firm first identified the theme in 2016, and wanted to go beyond offering investors simple equity exposure.
Nomoyi says: “In South Africa, inclusion and diversity is a very important topic, more especially that the legacy of exclusion is still prevalent in our country.”
The US’s huge and global asset management firm Hartford Funds has also entered the ESG field, bringing its first ESG ETF, with Anita Baldwin, Head of Research & Sustainable Investing at Hartford Funds talking to ETF Express about the product which will be sub-advised by Schroder Investment Management North America Inc and Schroder Investment Management North America Ltd.
Global X ETFs’s Andrew Little also brought us their take on how President Biden’s infrastructure bill will impact investors, and Refinitiv produced July European ETF stats which show that the month was a record breaker in inflows.
In terms of performance, cryptocurrencies are again dominating the Trackinsight league tables, and this week we brought you news that digital asset issuer Valour has enjoyed asset growth of 1400 per cent over 2021 so far.
With that thought, ETF Express is off to the beach for the week. Our next newsletter will be 3rd September. Have a good one!
Beverly Chandler, managing editor, ETF Express
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