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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.

Understanding the Role of Trading Volume and Size in Assessing an ETF
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Understanding the Role of Trading Volume and Size in Assessing an ETF

Although exchange-traded funds (ETFs) display some similar characteristics to stocks and mutual funds, there are some significant differences. Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton, explains why he believes investors should think differently when considering their ETF allocations.

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.

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.

Vive La Difference: Understanding the Options for Trading ETFs in Europe
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Vive La Difference: Understanding the Options for Trading ETFs in Europe

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been part of the investment landscape for 25 years, but their evolution and growth varies in different parts of the world. Jason Xavier, head of EMEA ETF Capital Markets at Franklin Templeton Investments, explains how that diversity has opened up different trading approaches for would-be investors.