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Global ESG ETF and ETP assets reach record USD88bn at end of June

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ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD3.49 billion during June, bringing year-to-date net inflows to USD32.02 billion which is significantly more than the USD9.86 billion gathered at this point last year. Assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs increased by 7.3 per cent from USD82 billion at the end of May 2020 to reach USD88 billion a new record at the end of June, according to ETFGI’s June 2020 ETF and ETP ESG industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service.  (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.) 

Total Assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a new record of USD88 billion.

USD32.02 Bn of net inflows into ESG ETFs/ETPs listed globally is significantly greater than the USD9.86 Bn at this point in 2019
Products domiciled in Europe account for 50.9 per cent of overall ESG assets followed by those in the US with 40.5 per cent and then Asia Pacific ex Japan with 5.8 per cent of the assets 

“The S&P 500 gained 1.99 per cent during June. In Q2, US equities staged a recovery from the Q1’s decline,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI. “Although Covid cases in the US are still increasing the stimulus from the Fed and Congress, aided the market rebound. During June developed markets outside the US were up 3.44 per cent and up 16.8 per cent in Q2. In June Hong Kong (up 11.35 per cent), New Zealand (up 10.09 per cent) Netherlands (up 8 per cent) and Germany (up 6.08 per cent) as the top performers. Emerging markets gained 7.6 per cent in June and are up 19.3 per cent in Q2.”

Since the launch of the first ESG ETF/ETP in 2002, the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF, the number and diversity of products have increased steadily, the Global ESG ETF/ETP industry had 369 ETFs/ETPs, with 1,019 listings, assets of USD88 Bn, from 89 providers on 31 exchanges in 25 countries. During June, 21 new ESG ETFs/ETPs were launched.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD2.67 Bn at the end of June, CSIF IE MSCI USA ESG Leaders Blue UCITS ETF – Acc (USESG SW) gathered
USD321.29 Mn.

Confusion persists around what constitutes an ESG fund. According to PRI, a UN-supported initiative which seeks to understand the investment implications of ESG issues, 56 per cent of adopters believe there is a lack of clarity in ESG definitions. ETFGI’s classification system attempts to provide greater precision, with ETFs/ETPs listed globally organised into categories, including core ESG products and theme-based groups, such as Clean/Alternative Energies and Gender Diversity. 

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