Beyond Bulls & Bears

Eyes on the Size: A Different Way to Think About ETF Selection
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Eyes on the Size: A Different Way to Think About ETF Selection

It’s not all about size. Jason Xavier, our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets suggests a different way to think about ETF liquidity.

The Role of Active ETFs
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The Role of Active ETFs

Not all ETFs are passive. Our Jason Xavier explores the operation, trading and pricing of active ETFs.

How ETFs Can Help Address Changing Client Expectations
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How ETFs Can Help Address Changing Client Expectations

Across Europe, we’re seeing evidence that exchange-traded funds are playing a more prominent role in investors’ portfolios. However, Jason Xavier, Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton, still encounters advisers who remain unconvinced of the merits of ETFs. In this article, he argues that ETFs have a central role to play for the investors of tomorrow.

Understanding ETF Liquidity at Times of Market Stress
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Understanding ETF Liquidity at Times of Market Stress

Recent developments in the UK investment market have brought liquidity concerns back to the top of the agenda for some investors. And inevitably, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have found themselves in the crosshairs. However, Jason Xavier, our Head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets, argues ETFs can offer investors flexibility and transparency into markets at times of stress.

Rethinking the Bid/Ask Spread for ETF Investors
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Rethinking the Bid/Ask Spread for ETF Investors

Jason Xavier looks at bid/ask spreads and explains why some of the most widely used metrics can potentially be misleading for ETF investors.

PODCAST: Smart Beta Investing in the Changing Emerging-Market Landscape
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PODCAST: Smart Beta Investing in the Changing Emerging-Market Landscape

Many investors view “smart beta” within the realm of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as a replacement for either actively managed or passive investment strategies. Franklin Templeton ETF Specialists Todd Mathias and Rick Felix view smart beta as an additive investment strategy that can complement these approaches. In our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, they discuss the nuances of smart beta while taking a look at the changing investment landscape in emerging markets.

Tail Wagging the Dog? Some Thoughts on ETF Market Resilience
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Tail Wagging the Dog? Some Thoughts on ETF Market Resilience

Do ETFs exacerbate financial market volatility? Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments, suggests not.

Active ETFs: For Fixed Income Investors Who Don’t Want to Follow the Pack
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Active ETFs: For Fixed Income Investors Who Don’t Want to Follow the Pack

“At times of volatility, when momentum-driven movement of indices might present potential investment opportunities, active ETFs could provide access to investment management expertise combined with the attractive features of an ETF vehicle.” Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets

Fixed Income ETFs: Democratising Price Discovery for Investors
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Fixed Income ETFs: Democratising Price Discovery for Investors

“The evolution of ETFs, particularly in the fixed income arena, can offer even retail investors access to a market with the same price discovery/transparency as their institutional counterparts.” – Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets

Why Investors Should Think Differently About ETF Liquidity
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Why Investors Should Think Differently About ETF Liquidity

“Unlike a mutual fund, an ETF doesn’t need a minimum initial client investment to stay open or be liquid and it can exist regardless of any particular investor’s allocation. If we think of an ETF as a window into a pool of securities, it should be clear that, in terms of liquidity, the size of an ETF is only academic.” – Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets

Considering ETF Liquidity as Market Volatility Rises
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Considering ETF Liquidity as Market Volatility Rises

“In our view, the coordinated central bank action to facilitate liquidity through low interest rates and quantitative easing has created an artificial environment. Market declines like those seen so far in 2018 give us a glimpse of historically a more typical market environment.” – Jason Xavier

To NAV or NAV Not: Choosing the Most Appropriate ETF Investing Approach
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To NAV or NAV Not: Choosing the Most Appropriate ETF Investing Approach

Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments, explores the ways in which investors in Europe can participate in ETFs.