And The 2016 Europe Awards Winners Are ...

April 27, 2017

Best New Smart Beta ETF in Europe – 2016: Lyxor FTSE All World Minimum Variance UCITS ETF (LSE: MVAW)

The Lyxor FTSE All World Minimum Variance UCITS ETF has demonstrated how an ETF can successfully use a quantitative and research-driven approach to aim to deliver superior long-term, risk-adjusted returns. It covers almost 2,000 stocks and aims to keep investors in the market while protecting them from downside risk.

The fund costs just 0.30% and has gained 13.6% returns in USD terms since launch on 16 June to 26 April, just short of the Lyxor MSCI World UCITS ETF (SW: LYWLD)’s 14.6% over the same period in USD terms.

Finalists included:

  • db X-trackers iBoxx USD Emerging Sovereigns Quality Weighted UCITS ETF
  • iShares Edge MSCI USA Value Factor UCITS ETF
  • J.P. Lyxor J.P. Morgan Multi-Factor Europe Index UCITS ETF
  • PowerShares FTSE UK High Dividend Low Volatility UCITS ETF
  • Source FTSE RAFI Europe Equity Income Physical UCITS ETF

Lyxor's Adam Laird commented: "Lyxor is closing in on the No. 2 spot in Europe. The next growing area is smart beta, and we're playing to our strengths there."


Best New Commodity ETF in Europe – 2016: WisdomTree Enhanced Commodity UCITS USD ETF (LSE: WCOA)

WCOA has a clever approach, as it seeks to outperform the Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index by selecting contracts in order to maximize the benefits of roll yield and reduce the impact of contango. Normally an expensive asset class, WCOA is only 0.35% in fees. For old-school energy bulls, this fund has close to 29% invested in the sector, but agriculture is the larger bet, at 36%.

Finalists included:

  • BNP Paribas Easy S&P GSCI Energy & Metals Capped Component 35/20 UCITS ETF
  • Lyxor Commodities Thomson Reuters/CoreCommodity CRB EX-Agriculture TR UCITS ETF
  • UBS ETFs plc - CMCI Ex-Agriculture SF UCITS ETF (hedged to EUR) A-acc
  • XACT Ravaror UCITS ETF


Best New Active ETF in Europe – 2016: ComStage Alpha Dividende Plus UCITS – (LSE: ETF750)

Across all asset classes, this unique ETF and the first actively managed ETF in the ComStage range, scooped the prize.

Its original approach to the market, using quantitative screens and picking stocks based on momentum, price to earnings growth and profitability, then screening for low volatility and high dividend pay-outs, impressed our judging panel. It has returned around 7.6% in euro terms since it launched last summer, according to its fact sheet.

Its top three sectors are banks, utilities and consumer goods, mostly in the U.S., France and Germany.


  • Comstage Alpha Dividende Plus UCITS



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