— Global equity & fixed income indexes from FTSE Russell in seven new RBC ETFs
— FTSE Russell continues to build Canada retail presence and partner relationships
— RBC GAM relationship shows growing multi-asset capabilities for FTSE Russell

FTSE Russell today announces that RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM) has selected seven FTSE Russell indexes, including the recently acquired Citi World Government Bond Index, as benchmarks for RBC’s new equity and fixed income index ETF offerings, which began trading on the Aequitas NEO Exchange today.

Jacqueline O’Flanagan, Head of Canada at FTSE Russell, said:

“Recognizing our strong history and institutional presence in Canada, we’re delighted that RBC GAM has chosen FTSE Russell benchmarks for their equity and fixed income ETF line-up. As Canadian investors increasingly look to access domestic and global equity and fixed income markets, it is important to work with an index provider that can offer a truly global multi-asset family of benchmarks, data, analytics and tools.”

Stephen Hoffman, VP, Exchange Traded Funds at RBC Global Asset Management, said:

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with FTSE Russell and utilize their broad index capabilities for this new ETF launch. We believe in investor choice, and as such it is important that we offer our clients a fully diversified suite of index-based investment products covering domestic and global markets across both equity and fixed income and we are able to accomplish this with FTSE Russell.”

Growing relationships like RBC GAM continue to fuel FTSE Russell’s expanding presence in the Canadian marketplace and strengthen the firm’s growing status as a global multi-asset index provider. Earlier this year, BMO Global Asset Management launched four ETFs based on the Russell Developed Large Cap 100% Hedged to CAD Sector indices and Invesco PowerShares recently introduced an income-focused ETF tracking the FTSE TMX Canada Investment Grade 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index.

Most recently, FTSE Russell’s parent company, London Stock Exchange Group, completed its acquisition of The Yield Book and Citi Fixed Income Indices. Working collaboratively with Yield Book, this acquisition enhances FTSE Russell’s ability to provide customers with broader multi-asset capabilities and a deeper data and analytics offering. The FTSE Russell indexes being utilized by RBC GAM for its new suite of ETFs illustrates the depth and breadth of its multi-asset capabilities:

  • FTSE TMX Canada Universe + Maple Short Term Overall Bond Index is the basis for the RBC Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF (RCSB)
  • FTSE TMX Canada Universe + Maple Bond Index is the basis for the RBC Canadian Bond Index ETF (RCUB)
  • Citi World Government Bond Index is the basis for the RBC Global Government Bond (CAD Hedged) Index ETF (RGGB). (With the acquisition of The Yield Book and Citi’s Fixed Income Indices by the London Stock Exchange Group, completed August 31, the Citi World Government Bond Index is now offered by FTSE Russell.)
  • FTSE Canada All Cap Domestic Index is the basis for the RBC Canadian Equity Index ETF (RCAN)
  • FTSE USA Index is the basis for the RBC U.S. Equity Index ETF (RUSA)
  • FTSE Developed ex North America Index is the basis for the RBC International Equity Index ETF (RINT)
  • FTSE Emerging Index is the basis for the RBC Emerging Markets Equity ETF (REEM)

Next Friday September 29, FTSE Russell executives will join RBC GAM to ring the opening bell at the Aequitas NEO Exchange in celebration of these new ETFs and their continued partner relationship.

More information on FTSE Russell indexes can be found on the FTSE Russell website.
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FTSE Russell index expertise and products are used extensively by institutional and retail investors globally. More than $15 trillion is currently benchmarked to FTSE Russell indexes. For over 30 years, leading asset owners, asset managers, ETF providers and investment banks have chosen FTSE Russell indexes to benchmark their investment performance and create investment funds, ETFs, structured products and index-based derivatives. FTSE Russell indexes also provide clients with tools for asset allocation, investment strategy analysis and risk management.

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