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Assets invested in Thematic ETFs and ETPs reached record USD394bn by end February 2021, reports ETGI


ETFGI, a specialist independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs and ETPs ecosystem, has reported that assets invested in Thematic ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a record USD394 billion at the end of February 2021.  

These products gathered net inflows of USD17.67 billion during February, bringing year-to-date net inflows to a record USD42.63 billion which is much higher than the USD13.33 billion gathered at this point last year, according to ETFGI’s February 2021 ETF and ETP Thematic industry landscape insights report, the monthly report which is part of an annual paid-for research subscription service.   

“Despite a sell-off in the last week of the month, the S&P 500 gained of 2.76 per cent in February, driven by optimism on Covid-19 vaccines, as well as continued monetary and fiscal stimulus. Developed markets such as the US ended the month up 2.50 per cent while emerging markets were up by 1.50 per cent for the month. The leaders of the developed market in February were Hong Kong (6.03 per cent), Canada (5.66 per cent) and Spain (5.32 per cent),” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder, and owner of ETFGI.  

There were 662 thematic ETFs and ETPs listed globally, with 1,258 listings, assets of USD394 billion, from 183 providers on listed on 48 exchanges in 40 countries at the end of February 2021. During February, 53 new Thematic ETFs/ETPs were launched. 

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD13.15 billion at the end of February. ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK US) gathered USD2.37 billion. 

The top 10 Thematic ETFs/ETPs by net new assets in February 2021 were: ARK Innovation ETF, Ark Fintech Innovation ETF, Ark Web x.O ETF, ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF, ARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF, Invesco Dynamic Leisure and Entertainment ETF, Global X Cybersecurity ETF, ChinaAMC CSI Science and Technology Innovation Board 50 ETF, FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources Index Fund, and Amplify Transformation Data Sharing ETF. 

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