Franklin preps ETFs for Mexican retail and institutional segments

Franklin is introducing a line of ETFs that includes passive and Smart Beta strategies. Demand for these instruments has been high, says Jennifer M. Johnson, president and COO.

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JP Morgan is latest to list ETFs in Mexico

ETFs from global firms have flooded the market, providing investors with diversification options as the country heads toward July elections. Vanguard, Principal, Franklin Templeton, First Trust, Van Eck and Amundi have all listed funds in recently.

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Fee concerns threaten to derail Afores’ chance to invest in mutual funds

Despite delays things are moving ahead at a steady pace and both the Amafore and the Consar have been working nonstop to achieve clear rules that allow Afores to invest in mutual funds, says Amundi Pioneer's Gustavo Lozano. A consequential meeting this week should provide additional clues.

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Merged Principal-Metlife Afore names new CIO

Néstor Fernández, who has spent a great deal of his career with MetLife, was named head of investments of Principal Afore, following its acquisition of MetLife Afore.

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Principal broadens its lineup of life cycle funds in Mexico

The manager launched the conservative Lifestyle "Traditional" fund to cater to conservative investors who "still get a bit nervous with the mix of 80% debt and 20% equity" said the firm's Luis Lozano.

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Arc of ETF growth in Mexico hinges on retail investor sophistication

"Demand for ETFs will continue to grow and remain on a positive trend," says José Oriol Bosch Par, director of the Mexican Stock Exchange, told Fund Pro Latin America. Others note that strides in investor education could boost usage of these vehicles.

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Principal expands its onshore Mexican offering to capture repatriated assets

Principal Fondos de Inversion this spring launched two new global funds - one a feeder and the other subadvised - to meet the investment needs of capital repatriated in 2017, said the firm's Luis Lozano.

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Afore Azteca CEO: Mutual funds are a “useful and indispensable” tool

Tonatiuh Rodríguez, who previously headed Afore XXI Banorte, came to Afore Azteca with the job of growing the client base by 40% in 2018. He considers cross-border mutual funds "an indispensable though transitional tool."

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Sura eyes bigger slice of wealth segment in Mexico

With the idea of competing in the high-net-worth and private-banking segments, Grupo Sura is now seeking an agreement with a local brokerage firm, Pablo Sprenger, Sura's country CEO, said.

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Consar anxious to establish rules for cross-border-fund investing

Carlos Ramírez, president of the Consar, provided Fund Pro Latin America with a time estimate on when Afore pension managers will finally be able to invest in cross-border mutual funds.

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