WisdomTree Europe’s Boost Short & Leverage ETP range hits new trading volume record in February
Tuesday 08th March '16
London, 8 March 2016: Boost ETP, Europe’s award winning, specialist Short & Leverage (S&L) Exchange-Traded Product (ETP) provider reaches a record $1.5bn of total monthly exchange turnover in February this year. This record turnover across all 64 Boost short & leverage products this past month represents a 186% increase year-on-year and 22% since January.
Boost trading volumes are predominantly comprised of Borsa Italiana and London Stock Exchange flow at $1.2bn and $0.3bn respectively with volumes on Xetra growing at an average rate of 43% month-to-month. In the same time period, Boost has now seen turnover on the Borsa Italiana and London Stock Exchange grow by 72% since November 2015 and 127% when compared to trading volumes from one year ago.
“The growth in trading volumes is a strong affirmation of the value of Boost’s short and leveraged products in today’s volatile markets. Investors have access to hedging strategies across a range of asset classes with the recent focus being on oil, equities and fixed income. We have seen consistent growth in assets across both our ETP and UCITS ETF platforms, and have reached record AUM levels growing by nearly 200% over the past year, as clients recognise the benefits and uses of these differentiated products, ” said Hector McNeil, Co-CEO WisdomTree Europe.
The global S&L ETP/ETF industry continues to hold steady at near record highs of $68.3bn or +14% for 2015 according to the Q4 2015 BOOST ETP’s Industry Report.
Boost’s growth has been the result of providing innovative products and a focus on proactively educating investors about the benefits and risks of using S&L ETPs. The many different investment strategies that investors can employ also add to the usefulness of the products.
About WisdomTree Europe Ltd.
WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries in the U.S. and Europe, including WisdomTree Europe Ltd based in London, is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor and asset manager. WisdomTree offers products covering equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities and alternative strategies. Through WisdomTree Europe Ltd, it sponsors WisdomTree UCITS ETFs and BOOST short and leverage ETPs. WisdomTree currently has approximately $52.4 billion (as of 31 December 2015) in assets under management globally. For more information, please visit www.wisdomtree.com.
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BOOST ETPs help expand the investment horizons of investors and allow them to execute a wide variety of strategies which include:
• Leverage the daily returns of an investment for the same capital as a non-leveraged trade
• Hedge existing positions in one simple trade
• Use a long or short strategy to take advantage of any short term rises or falls in the market, especially in a sideways trending market
• Pair trading to take advantage of undervalued assets
• Shorting the market efficiently and cheaply without having to arrange and finance complex stock borrowing positions
Similar to Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), BOOST ETPs are liquid, accessible and simple. BOOST ETPs can be created and redeemed on a continuous basis by market makers, matching the tremendous liquidity of the underlying markets and can be traded by investors on a regulated exchange in the same way as any equity. BOOST ETPs provide accurate and transparent leveraged and short exposure to recognised benchmarks in a single trade. In addition, BOOST leveraged and short ETPs require no borrowing of stock or funds to gain the relevant exposure. BOOST ETPs are simply priced off transparent indices published by world class index providers.
BOOST ETPs are backed by robust risk management where (i) depending on the credit rating of BOOST’s counterparties, the mix of sovereign bonds held in the posted collateral will increase, and (ii) no cash or collateral will be delivered by BOOST to a counterparty unless BOOST has received payment first.
BOOST ETP's key features include:
• Independence - BOOST is independent from any investment bank, swap provider, market maker, trustee or custodian
• Best of breed – BOOST’s founders have over 25 years of experience in the ETP market. With this experience, plus the wealth of experience provided by BOOST’s world class service providers, investors are able to enjoy efficient products with liquidity, strong counterparty risk management and relatively low costs
• Transparency – BOOST discloses all fees, collateral holdings and details on its website each day
• Innovative and nimble - BOOST aims to be a leader in innovation, as evidenced by the ETPs issued, and the product development and market research behind the products
• Focused and specialised - BOOST's strategy differs from the existing ETP issuers by not focusing on being everything to everyone
• Educational - BOOST focuses on providing all the educational and thought leadership tools needed by investors
This communication has been provided by WisdomTree Europe Ltd which is an appointed representative of Mirabella Financial Services LLP which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
The products discussed in this document are issued by BOOST Issuer PLC (the “Issuer”) under a Prospectus approved by the Central Bank of Ireland as having been drawn up in accordance with the Directive 2003/71/EC. The Prospectus has been passported from Ireland into the United Kingdom and is available on the websites of the Central Bank of Ireland and the Issuer. Please read the Prospectus before you invest in any Exchange Traded Products (“ETPs”). Neither the Issuer nor BOOST ETP is acting for you in any way in relation to the investment to which this communication relates, or providing investment advice to you. The information is not an offer to buy or sell or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security or investment. You are advised to seek your own independent legal, investment and tax or other advice as you see fit.
The value of an investment in ETPs may go down as well as up and past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. An investment in ETPs is dependent on the performance of the underlying index, less costs, but it is not expected to match that performance precisely. ETPs involve numerous risks including among others, general market risks relating to the relevant underlying index, credit risks on the provider of index swaps utilised in the ETP, exchange rate risks, interest rate risks, inflationary risks, liquidity risks and legal and regulatory risks.
ETPs offering daily leveraged or daily short exposures (“Leveraged ETPs”) are products which feature specific risks that prospective investors should understand before investing in them. Higher volatility of the underlying indices and holding periods longer than a day may have an adverse impact on the performance of Leveraged ETPs. As such, Leveraged ETPs are intended for financially sophisticated investors who wish to take a short term view on the underlying indices. As a consequence, BOOST ETP is not promoting or marketing BOOST ETPs to Retail Clients. Investors should refer to the section entitled "Risk Factors" and “Economic Overview of the ETP Securities” in the Prospectus for further details of these and other risks associated with an investment in Leveraged ETPs and consult their financial advisors as needed. This marketing information is intended for professional clients & sophisticated investors (as defined in the glossary of the FCA Handbook) only.
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