November 5, 2018

Fund Manager Chat: The (R)evolution in Exchange Traded Funds, Hector McNeil, HANetf

by Jake Moeller.

In this podcast, Hector McNeil, co-Founder and Co-CEO of U.K. based HANetf, provides a fascinating insight into the historical evolution of the exchange traded traded funds (ETFs) market in Europe.

Hector outlines the importance of ETFs to smaller fund groups and how they, as a fund wrapper, allow them to come to market quickly and cost effectively. He also examines the benefits of the ETF structure to the end investor as well as considering the new types of ETF product that are coming to market.

Finally Hector considers what types of ETF products we are likely to see in the near future, and outlines why ETFs remain a strong proposition for an investor in the current economic environment.

Running Order

Run Time Topic
00:20 Tell us why you founded HANetf and what gap in the market it fills?
01:05 Explain ETFs as a “wrapper” and why is white labelling ETFs attractive for a product provider?
02:50 How can groups make money from ETFs given extreme fee compression and scale?
05:40 What funds do you have on the HANetf menu and what is in the pipeline?
09:05 How do you see the potential evolution of the ETF market?
13:00 How will investors evaluate these new ETFs? Is it a good time to be investing in ETFs?


Hector is chatting with Jake Moeller, Head of Lipper UK and Ireland Research, on November 2, 2018. You can also register to see him speak as a panellist at the upcoming Lipper Alpha Expert Forum in London, UK on November 8, 2018.

About Hector McNeil

Hector McNeil, HANetf.

Hector McNeil, HANetf.

Hector McNeil is a veteran of the ETF industry, being instrumental in establishing Susquehanna’s ETF desk in Europe as head of business development. Hector then joined ETF Securities as Joint Managing Partner, before going on to found BoostETP with Nik Bienkowski in 2011.

BoostETP was purchased by US ETF provider WisdomTree in 2014 and following the completion of this buyout in 2016 Hector stepped down as Co-CEO of WisdomTree Europe. He has since set up Europe’s first independent ‘white label’ ETF platform, HANetf, with business partner Nik Bienkowski, which will provide asset managers with a turnkey solution to enter the European ETF market.

Hector, a Fellow of the Securities Institute, holds a BA in Economics and received an MBA from Warwick Business School.


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