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Tradeweb reports record total traded volume on European ETF marketplace in May

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Total traded volume on the Tradeweb European ETF marketplace reached a record-breaking EUR29.9 billion in May, narrowly beating February’s previous best performance by EUR391 million. 

In addition, the proportion of transactions processed via Tradeweb’s Automated Intelligent Execution Tool (AiEX) increased to 55.7 per cent, a new monthly high.
 
Fixed income and commodity ETFs saw net buying in May, in contrast to their shares-based counterparts. Trading activity in equity ETFs accounted for 59 per cent of the overall platform flow, lagging the previous 12-month rolling average by two percentage points. Europe and North America Equities were the most active ETF categories during the month, with a combined traded notional of nearly EUR10.4 billion.
 
Adriano Pace, head of equities (Europe) at Tradeweb, says: “Stock ETFs were primarily sold in May amid investor concerns over ongoing trade disputes, geopolitical uncertainty and a global economic slowdown. Instead, assets such as government bonds were aggressively bought and saw high traded volumes.”

The iShares JP Morgan EM Local Government Bond UCITS ETF proved to be the most heavily-traded product for the second consecutive month. In second place, the Xtrackers MSCI World Swap UCITS ETF last featured in the top ten list in February 2019.

Total consolidated US ETF notional value traded in May 2019 was USD 7.74 billion.
 
As a percentage of total notional value, equities accounted for 40 per cent and fixed income for 46 per cent, with the remainder comprised of commodity and specialty ETFs. Nearly 53 per cent of U.S. ETF trades were executed via the Tradeweb AiEX tool.

Adam Gould, head of US equities at Tradeweb, says: “As trade tariffs dominated the news, May proved to be a very challenging month for equities with most trading lower. Conversely, there was an outsized amount of activity in the fixed income ETF space. Some investors moved from equities to bonds, while others moved from high yield bonds to less risky shorter dated Treasuries.  Nearly half of the Tradeweb US ETF platform volume was in fixed income funds; an outsized number relative to the overall market and our platform generally.”
 
During the month, 500 unique tickers traded on Tradeweb’s US ETF platform, with six of the top ten funds offering exposure to fixed income assets.

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