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January volatility causes flight from equity ETFs


Tradeweb’s European-listed ETF platform reports that despite a backdrop of collapsing commodity prices and soft economic data out of China, the platform performed well during the month, with steady “hit rates” and total traded volume just shy of EUR11 billion. 

By asset class, January, saw “buys” for fixed income ETFs surpass “sells” by three percentage points. In contrast, equity-based ETFs saw net selling with “sells” outstripping “buys” by 11 percentage points. Overall trading activity in the asset class beat the 12-month rolling average by eight percentage points.
The firm also reports that January saw the launch of the Tradeweb US-listed ETF marketplace, currently supported by 11 liquidity providers. The firm writes that the platform offers institutional investors a new level of transparency, flexibility and efficiency in the way they trade US-listed ETFs.
The firm writes that there were three currency-hedged ETFs among January’s ten most heavily-traded products, including two funds tracking the MSCI Japan index. However, the top spot was held by the Amundi ETF MSCI World UCITS ETF-EUR, a fund offering exposure to global large-cap equities.

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