VanEck Starts ETF Distribution in Austria and Italy. today announced that its suite of UCITS Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) is now registered in Italy and Austria. The registration of the VanEck Vectors UCITS ETFs in those two countries marks the next step in the expansion of the firm’s ETF business in Europe that started with the launch of two gold miners ETFs and a U.S. equity ETF in 2015. Going forward, Italian and Austrian investors will have access to all fund information, research, investment themes, and other VanEck services.
The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners UCITS ETF (GDX) and the VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners UCITS ETF (GDXJ) provide access to the global gold mining sector. GDX covers a comprehensive portfolio of large, mid-sized, and small global gold mining companies. GDX is currently the third largest gold mining UCITS ETFs in Europe by assets under management. GDXJ invests in micro-, small-, and medium-capitalisation mining companies, called “juniors” because they are in an exploratory or early mining phase.
The VanEck Vectors Morningstar US Wide Moat UCITS ETF is the first ETF in Europe to provide exposure to U.S. companies with a Morningstar® Economic MoatTM Rating of Wide. The underlying index developed by Morningstar is based on the idea of economic moats, i.e. long-term structural advantages that allow a company to withstand competition. The Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index has outperformed the broader U.S. equity market since its inception. Year to date, the index has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by 12.43%.
(Data as of 15.11.2016)
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The Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM was created and is maintained by Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar, Inc. does not sponsor, endorse, issue, sell or promote the VanEck Vectors Morningstar US Wide Moat UCITS ETF and bears no liability with respect to that ETF. The index provides exposure to companies with a Morningstar Economic Moat Rating of “wide” that are trading at the lowest current market price/fair value ratios. Moat Ratings and fair value estimates are determined by the Morningstar Equity Research Team.