Finalists Announced For 2016 Europe Awards

February 20, 2017

Best New Equity ETF in Europe – 2016

Awarded to the most important equity ETF launched in 2016. Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognise ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after 1 January, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an equity ETF to qualify.

  • BNP Paribas Easy Equity Low Vol Europe UCITS

Low vol investing was a huge theme in European ETFs in 2016, and the BNP Paribas entry garnered significant interest. The fund rebalances monthly into up to 400 low volatility European companies, with each position having a maximum weight of 2%. This leads to a quasi equal weight strategy that seeks to constrain single stock risk.


Launched in July 2016, the iShares MSCI EM SRI UCITS ETF provides exposure to emerging market companies that are best in class in terms of managing their environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. With strong returns and a strong purpose, this fund is a good fit for many investors.

  • Lyxor FTSE All World Minimum Variance UCITS ETF

The Lyxor FTSE All World Minimum Variance UCITS ETF is a global ETF covering almost 2,000 stocks. It seeks to keep investors in the market while protecting against significant downside exposure. With the Brexit, Frexit, Trump and more on investors’ minds, that could be a very appealing offering. With a cost of just 0.30%, the fee is right too.

  • PowerShares FTSE UK High Dividend Low Volatility UCITS ETF

The new PowerShares FTSE UK High Dividend Low Volatility UCITS ETF aims to provide investors with exposure to high yielding stocks without the volatility that can accompany that investment. Plus, why have just one factor when you can have exposure to two?

  • XACT Swedish Small Cap UCITS

The XACT Svenska Småbolag (UCITS ETF) is the first exchange traded fund that follows the Swedish small cap market, and the cheapest fund offering exposure to that market … period. With the rising importance of the Nordic markets, innovation in that space cannot be overlooked.


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