Blackrock has undercut Vanguard by slashing fees on an iShares emerging markets product and matching its rival’s pricing on four European equity funds.
European investors have piled into a Vanguard ETF tracking the S&P 500, despite the launch of a cheaper rival tracking US large-cap companies.
Vanguard’s £9.6bn Lifestrategy range is exposing investors to interest rate risk, as governments and corporates buying up cheap, long-dated debt skew duration in indices that the passives giant tracks.
European active equity funds saw a turnaround in net flows during 2017, enjoying a rise of €135.8bn in net new money to €62.7bn, after suffering an outflow of €73.1bn in 2016, according to Morningstar data.
Some of the biggest names in the UK retail funds sector are charging investors nearly double the published ongoing charges figure (OCF) for their funds, Mifid II regulations have brought to light.
US equity exchanged traded funds (ETFs) were the preferred product for European investors looking at the ETF market in 2017, accounting for 15% of the market’s assets under management (AUM), according to Thompson Reuters Lipper research.
Investors have continued to funnel astronomic amounts into passive funds across the globe this year, with Vanguard leading the way. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs AM (GSAM) has been suffering its worst streak of outflows on record.
Warren Buffett, the ‘Sage of Omaha’, has attacked the high fees levied by active fund managers while lavishing praise on his “hero”, Vanguard founder Jack Bogle.
European exchange traded fund providers are bullish on the demand outlook for “smart beta”, and are likely to increase the pace of product launches in this area, according to Cerulli Associates
Continental European asset managers risk losing market share to US and UK rivals, according to a report from The Boston Consulting Group