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The growing importance of ETFs for business markets (and academic research)

Learn about the importance of ETFs for business markets and academic research and how to access data and insights on this critical asset type.
Recorded Nov 7 2018 39 mins
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Richard Radnay - Director, Information Services, XTF.com & Neel Gandhi - Product Manager, Mergent Inc.
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    After underperforming US large cap stocks by more than 6% in 2018 (and more than 8% over the past year as of May 3) US small cap stocks have changed course in 2019, gaining 20.2% relative to an 18.7% return for US large cap stocks through May 3. However, volatility and risk aversion returned in May, triggering a global equity selloff. The selloff touched most US industry groups.

    The Russell US Indexes are designed to reflect the ever-changing US equity market. Each June, the entire family of Russell US Indexes is realigned and recalibrated to reflect market changes in the last year. This closely watched event impacts more than $9 trillion in investor assets benchmarked to or invested in products based on the Russell US Indexes and culminates in what is traditionally one of the highest trading volume days of the year across the major U.S. equity exchanges. During this highly-anticipated market event, the breakpoints between large, mid and small cap are redefined to ensure market changes that have occurred in the preceding year are captured.

    During this webinar, experts from FTSE Russell and iShares will be discussing how to get re-acquainted with small cap equities in 2019:
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    • Basics of Russell Recon mechanics – construction, breakpoint shifts over time, banding and turnover
    • A guide to using financial instruments linked to the Russell 2000 Index

    • Rolf Agather, managing director, research & innovation, FTSE Russell
    • Kristy Akullian, CFA, Vice President, iShares
    • Catherine Yoshimoto, director product management, FTSE Russell

    Prior to joining, discover FTSE Russell’s infographic: http://bit.ly/2X8LpYK

    *** Please note that this webinar is addressed exclusively to professional investors in the USA and/or jurisdictions where iShares funds or products are approved for distribution. ***
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    Mikhail Bezroukov, Yield Book Product Specialist, FTSE Russell
    Transaction-level approaches to liquidity ratio analytics within fixed income market.

    • The Yield Book is offering a new Liquidity Ratio metric which is able to incorporate both traded price and volume information and adjusts for yield curve and sector-wide movements
    • Innovative approach to inferring a liquidity score for bonds that do not have observed trades
    • The measure produces intuitive results allowing for comparison across bonds and markets
  • The indexing revolution fuelling institutional investment in ETFs Recorded: May 30 2019 64 mins
    Henry Odogwu, FTSE Russell; Armit Bhambra, iShares; Karim Chedid, iShares; Brendan Maton, IPE
    Allocations to exchange-traded funds by institutions currently investing in ETFs increased by 50% in 2018, totalling 15% of total assets among the 127 institutional investors participating in Greenwich Associates most recent European Exchange-Traded Funds’ European Study. That growth was driven in large part by three key trends:

    • ETFs thrive in volatility: European institutions in 2018 were repositioning their portfolios for a turbulent investment environment featuring the prospect of European Central Bank (ECB) rate hikes and a host of geopolitical risks.

    • Index revolution: European institutions in search of low-cost beta continued shifting assets from active management to index strategies last year.

    • ESG is key: European institutions are integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards into their investment process, and many of these investors are using ETFs as their vehicle of choice for ESG exposures.

    These trends helped fuel robust growth in ETF allocations among the institutional funds, asset managers, insurance companies, and discretionary wealth managers participating in the 2018 study.

    Join subject matter experts from index provider FTSE Russell and ETF issuer iShares for this webcast analysing the results from this latest Greenwich report and discuss ETFs’ benefits and future growth potential with European institutions.

    Presented by:
    • Henry Odogwu, Managing Director, Head of Asset Owners Group (EMEA), FTSE Russell
    • Armit Bhambra, Director, Head of iShares UK Retirement, BlackRock
    • Karim Chedid, Director, iShares EMEA Investment Strategy, BlackRock

    Moderated by Brendan Maton, IPE
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    Rolf Agather (FTSE Russell), Kieran Kirwan (ProShares)
    With slowing global growth and geopolitical uncertainty, investors may look for ways to manage for potential downside risk through a connection to quality. Companies with steady dividend growth have historically been joined by stable earnings streams, good corporate stewardship and resilient business models – all signs of quality.

    Join FTSE Russell and ProShares subject matter experts as they discuss macroeconomics and the considerations and benefits of dividend growth approaches.

    • Rolf Agather, managing director of North America research, FTSE Russell
    • Kieran Kirwan, director of investment strategy, ProShares

    Prior to joinig this webinar, please download FTSE Russell’s whitepaper “Harnessing the long-term potential of dividend growth”: http://bit.ly/2G24npn

    *** Please note that this webinar is addressed exclusively to professional investors in the USA and/or jurisdictions where ProShares funds or products are approved for distribution. ***
  • China A Shares: FTSE GEIS and derived indexes implementation plan Recorded: Apr 16 2019 44 mins
    Joti Rana, head of governance & policy, Americas and Penny Ning Pan, director of product management
    Join us for an overview of FTSE Russell's phased approach to adding China A Shares to the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS) and FTSE GEIS-derived indexes.The discussion will include:

    •China A Shares - why now?
    •FTSE GEIS implementation plan - Phase 1 and future phases
    •Derived indexes implementation plan
  • Listed Real Estate: Main trends in Emerging Markets and coming changes Recorded: Apr 11 2019 46 mins
    Catherine Yoshimoto, director product management, FTSE Russell and David Moreno, Senior Analyst Indexes & Research, EPRA
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    Join subject matter experts from FTSE Russell and EPRA (European Public Real Estate Association) who will look at volumes and performance figures of the main emerging listed real estate markets, as well as comments on the key drivers and changes observed during the second half of 2018. This webinar will present a short explanation of the main effects of the reclassification in the FTSE EPRA Nareit Global Index series of Saudi Arabia and China A-Shares to Emerging markets.

    This webinar will cover:

    • Listed real estate indexes roundup
    Catherine Yoshimoto, director product management, FTSE Russell
    • Main trends in emerging markets and coming changes
    David Moreno, senior analyst, indexes & research, EPRA
    • Q&A from the audience

    Prior to joinig this webinar, please download EPRA’s market research report “Emerging Markets H2 2018” (published February 2019):
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    Alec Young, managing director, Global Markets Research
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    Christopher Jenkins, Director at FTSE Russell
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    Christopher Jenkins, Director at FTSE Russell will demonstrate how The Yield Book can help asset owners with pre-trade analysis, risk, and performance attribution for their Fixed Income portfolios, via the analytics platform. In addition, Chris will show how ‘scenario analysis’ can be used to introduce different environment variables to ‘stress test’ a single security or portfolio.

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    Alec Young, managing director, global markets research and Catherine Yoshimoto, director, product managment
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    Join FTSE Russell on March 19th for a discussion that will explore the global equity market landscape via a summary of trends observed and changes captured during the latest global equity index review.
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    Marlies van Boven, Managing Director, Research & Analytics, FTSE Russell; Brendan Maton, IPE
    When faced with market volatility, many institutional investors typically allocate a percentage of their portfolio to cash. Sitting, waiting, for the waters to calm before they dip their ‘investment toe’ back in.

    However, non-participation presents a timing risk and may mean ‘missing the boat’ when markets calm and climb.

    How can investors reduce overall portfolio risk while remaining invested? How can index-based investment approaches help investors meet their defensive objectives?

    In this webinar Marlies van Boven, PhD, Managing Director Research & Analytics, FTSE Russell examines what popular indexed-based strategies can do to help limit the impact of portfolio volatility and mitigate risk.

    • Volatility – what are the key drivers behind the current market volatility?
    • Common defensive Index based strategies. Philosophy, design and objectives
    • The Minimum Variance approach – Reducing overall portfolio volatility, while maintaining diversification
    • Assessing relative performance via Analytics + FTSE Russell’s Analytics tool
    • Q&A
  • China A Shares & Minimum Variance - Managing Volatility via Optimization Recorded: Feb 26 2019 49 mins
    Join Alex Chen Associate Director, Yang Wang Director Research & Analytics FTSE Russell
    Increased market volatility is rarely a welcomed phenomenon; but how might investors approach a market characterised by it?
    Join Alex Chen Associate Director and Yang Wang Director Research & Analytics as they explore, with reference to their recently published paper, ‘Accessing the China A-Shares Market via Minimum-Variance Investing, in the Journal of Portfolio Management, how best to participate in the China A Shares market when looking to limit overall portfolio risk.
  • Indexing Explained: The Impact of Rebalancing Recorded: Feb 21 2019 49 mins
    Rolf Agather (FTSE Russell), Michael Curtis (DWS), Sam Wright (DWS)
    *** Please note that this webinar is addressed exclusively to professional investors in the US. ***

    "How can I efficiently capture and maintain exposure to factors" is a common question heard by index providers and ETF issuers alike. Of equal importance, though, is how the index methodology works to maintain exposure to chosen factors over time.

    Join Rolf Agather, Managing Director, Research and Innovation, FTSE Russell
    Michael Curtis, Product Development, DWS and
    Sam Wright, Capital Markets, DWS for the latest semi-annual update on:

    - Efficiently capturing multi-factor exposure
    - The changing factor exposures within indexes over time
    - The impact of latest rebalancing on embedded factor exposures
    - Top security and sector weight changes in FTSE Comprehensive Factor Indexes
  • ESG innovation in UK Equity – Introducing the FTSE UK 100 ESG Select Index Recorded: Feb 12 2019 43 mins
    Christopher Bates (FTSE Russell), Fong Yee Chan (FTSE Russell), Patrick Kondarjian (HSBC)
    FTSE Russell is delighted to announce the launch of a new custom UK equity index, based on its ESG Ratings: The FTSE UK 100 ESG Select Index, resulting from a close collaboration with HSBC Bank’s Client Solutions Group.

    The FTSE UK 100 ESG Select Index is designed to measure the performance of the top 100 ESG-rated companies within the FTSE All-Share Index, as demonstrated by their Environmental, Social and Governance practices.

    The constituents are weighted on their investable market capitalization. The index rebalances quarterly, in line with the FTSE UK Index Series. This transparent methodology achieves index exposure to the UK equity market whilst considering the companies’ ESG Ratings.

    FTSE Russell and HSBC are delighted to invite you to join this webinar where you will gain insights into UK equity macro trends, FTSE Russell ESG Ratings, and investing in ESG via structured products.

    This webinar will cover:
    • UK Equity perspectives for 2019 and beyond
    Christopher Bates, associate director, global research, FTSE Russell

    • Integrating sustainability and ESG considerations into benchmarks
    Fong Yee Chan, senior product manager, sustainable investment, FTSE Russell

    • Meeting clients’ demand for ESG solutions & Creating an ESG index to support the transition to sustainable investments
    Patrick Kondarjian, EMEA Head of Sales, Equity Derivatives, HSBC

    • Q&A from the audience

    *** Please note that this webinar is addressed exclusively to professional investors in jurisdictions where HSBC investments or products are approved for distribution. ***
  • Managing currency risk: A half hedged approach to full international exposure Recorded: Feb 5 2019 36 mins
    Yan Yan, FTSE Russell; Sal Bruno, IndexIQ, a New York Life Investments company
    *** Please note that this webinar is addressed exclusively to professional investors in the US. ***

    Join FTSE Russell and IndexIQ, a New York Life Investments company, for an overview on international equities and a discussion on managing currency volatility through passive currency hedging approaches.

    This webinar will explore:
    - Opportunities in the current international equity environment
    - Currency hedging methodology and implementation considerations
    - Managing currency volatility with passive strategies

    - Yan Yan, PhD, Associate Director of Research & Analysis, FTSE Russell
    - Sal Bruno, Chief Investment Officer at IndexIQ, a New York Life Investments company

    *** Please note that this webinar is addressed exclusively to professional investors in the USA and/or jurisdictions where IndexIQ/New York Life Investments funds or products are approved for distribution. ***
  • What are the risks and opportunities for markets in 2019? Recorded: Dec 6 2018 45 mins
    Philip Lawlor - managing director, global markets research; Marlies van Boven - managing director, research & analytics
    An examination of global market drivers and factor dynamics

    FTSE Russell will be hosting a webinar to discuss some of the key issues confronting investors next year such as:

    •Where next for the economic ,earnings and valuation cycle and an assessment of the impact of tightening financial conditions.

    •The extent to which factor behaviour is influenced by different economic regimes.
  • Factor Allocation How can investors decide on the appropriate factor allocation? Recorded: Dec 4 2018 46 mins
    Marlies van Boven, managing director research & analytics. Vera Cady, senior research analyst, FTSE Russell
    Factors and factor investing continues to be the most popular index-based method of improving portfolio risk adjusted returns.
    But how should clients assess the impact of single and multi-factors indexes on their portfolios? How are return-profiles impacted by factor inclusion and other common smart beta strategies? Should clients routinely consider their overall underlying factor allocation? And how should factor allocation be assessed?
    Join Marlies van Boven, managing director Research & Analytics and Vera Cady, senior research analyst, FTSE Russell as they demonstrate how the impact of factors can be assessed in real-time via Analytics Plus, FTSE Russell’s propitiatory smart beta and factor assessment tool.
  • Investor expectations and corporate climate disclosure in Asia Recorded: Dec 4 2018 62 mins
    AIGCC, FTSE Russell, EY, Cathay Financial Holdings
    The Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) and FTSE Russell are pleased to host a webinar to discuss the findings from the report ‘Building on the base: TCFD Disclosure in Asia’, the first comprehensive guide developed by investors to look at climate change reporting by publically listed companies in Asia against the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).

    AIGCC worked with EY and FTSE Russell to look at current levels of reporting by Asian companies in key industry sectors and across major markets in the region. It draws upon previously unpublished data analysis of corporate reporting on climate change and is the first report to benchmark performance against the TCFD for the region.

    This guide outlines the expectations that investors have of listed companies on their climate disclosure and is designed to provide a practical tool for investors as they work in partnership with their investee companies in Asia.

    Date: Tuesday 4th December
    Time: 3pm Taipei/HK/SG, 4pm Tokyo, 6pm Sydney, 7am London

    Rebecca Mikula-Wright, Director, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (Moderator)
    Arisa Kishigami, Head of ESG Asia Pacific FTSE Russell
    Dr Graham Sinden, Director of Climate Change & Sustainability EY
    Sophia Cheng, CIO, Cathay Financial Holdings
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