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UBS Asset Management’s (UBS AM) range of sustainable ETFs has gone over EUR10 billion mark in terms of assets under management. The firm says that the number represents a nearly tenfold increase from three years ago, when the products collectively reached EUR1 billion.

UBS Asset Management’s (UBS AM) range of sustainable ETFs has gone over EUR10 billion mark in terms of assets under management. The firm says that the number represents a nearly tenfold increase from three years ago, when the products collectively reached EUR1 billion.

Clemens Reuter, Head of ETF & Passive Investment Specialists at UBS AM says: “UBS AM is a leader in sustainability-focused ETFs and we continue to innovate, looking to widen the ESG investment opportunities for investors in different markets and asset classes. Demand for sustainable investments is accelerating and we’ve grown considerably in the last three years with a strong product shelf and quality services. We will continue at the forefront, helping investors achieve their financial and ESG goals.”

The firm launched sustainable ETFs in 2011, with the launch of the MSCI World Socially Responsible ETF. Since then, UBS AM’s product shelf has grown, with another 18 products which have what it describes as “varying degrees of environmental, social and governance (ESG) screenings, varying from ‘light’ to ‘dark’ green – low to high standards, respectively – on both equity and fixed income indices”.

UBS AM points out that with the ETF market in Europe growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 per cent over the past three years, according to ETFGI, UBS AM’s sustainable offering has achieved a CAGR of over 100 per cent in the same period.

UBS AM writes that investors in sustainable ETFs have generally preferred equity-focused products, which represent a large majority of total invested assets in the segment. “However, sustainably-screened bond ETFs are gaining ground, partly due to an increase in the number of sustainable products offering investors access to debt markets. A recent example of UBS AM’s offer in this space is the J.P. Morgan Global Government ESG Liquid Bond ETF, which integrates ESG criteria.”

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