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241 ETFs on “Death List”, says Lipper


Analysis of the European ETF industry reveals that 241 funds may be on a so-called “Death List”, according to Detlef Glow (pictured), Lipper’s head of EMEA research.

Out of the 1,711 ETFs registered for sale in Europe, 241 funds may be on a so-called ETF “Death List”, in other words under review for profitability reasons by fund promoters. These funds are older than 3 years, but have less than EUR100 million in assets.

The high concentration of the industry can be seen with fewer than 50 ETFs (46) accounting for nearly 50% of industry assets (49.1%).

Compared with weak growth of 3.75% in 2011, the ETF industry saw solid growth in Q1 2012, as assets under management rose by 8.71% to EUR250.81 billion (Q1 2012)

In Q1 2012 equity ETFs saw inflows of over EUR3 billion in new assets under management, followed by EUR1.5 billion into bond funds and EUR770 million into commodity funds. Money market ETFs experienced outflows of over EUR990 million.

Some 310 ETFs were launched in 2011. In Q1 2012, 62 ETFs were launched – half in the equity space. 19 bond funds were launched in the first quarter, but these have gathered 63% of assets among new ETFs.

ETFs launched in Q1 2012 saw inflows of EUR490 million in new assets under management. Bond funds were the leading group with inflows of EUR311 million, followed by equity funds with inflows of EUR102 million and EUR49 million in “other” funds.  Commodity funds enjoyed inflows of EUR21 million, while money market ETFs experienced inflows of EUR5.63 million.

The most active provider for ETF launches in Q1 2012 was Lyxor, with db x-trackers and UBS following.
Glow says: “Despite the number of sub-scale funds, with new ETF launches continuing there is currently no foreseeable trend towards consolidation in the ETF industry.”

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