Legal & General Investment Management has launched the L&G Digital Payments UCITS ETF, which provides investors with exposure to the significant growth potential of digital payment technologies, resulting from the global transition to a cashless economy.
Valued at USD58 billion in 2020, the global digital payments market is expected to grow at a 19.4 per cent compounded annual growth rate between 2021 to 2028. The L&G Digital Payments UCITS ETF gives thematic exposure to this growth potential, investing across payment acquirer and card issuers, payment gateways and processors, payment technology providers and card-less payment service providers.
The new Fund invests in companies with a minimum free float market capitalisation of USD200 million and a minimum three-month average daily trading volume (ADTV) of USD1 million, drawn from a dynamic universe of more than 150 companies engaged in the digital payments value-chain, leveraging the expertise of Payments Cards & Mobile, a research and consultancy specialist. Companies in the investible universe have their primary listing in Developed Markets, South Korea and/or Taiwan. A monthly review ensures that if any individual company exceeds 15 per cent of the portfolio then the ETF will be re-weighted back to equal weighting.
The ETF launch reflects the role of the digital technology in broadening global financial inclusion, while also supporting several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including growing industry, innovation, and infrastructure, decent work and economic growth, and building sustainable cities and communities. According to the UN, digital financial services, such as digital payments, can help families save money, cope with shocks, and protect assets against risk, allow government transfers, wages, or pensions to efficiently reach those who need them most, help small retailers to increase their revenues, and fuel business models that expand access to low-cost financial services, potentially reaching another 1.6 billion people.
Howie Li, Head of ETFs at LGIM, says: “The digital payments revolution offers significant growth potential, underpinned by secular, long-term dynamics including the global shift to e-commerce, greater adoption of smartphones in emerging markets and developing safe, secure online payments. Investing in this theme can give investors the opportunity to contribute to the global financial inclusion movement as we seek to meet the UN SDGs.”
James Crossley, Head of UK Retail Sales at LGIM, adds: “We are seeing sustained demand from investors for targeted exposure to the long-term, structural trends that are changing our world. The launch of the L&G Digital Payments UCITS ETF expands our successful thematic range, equipping our clients to gain access to the growth of the cashless economy through a highly liquid product.”
The L&G Digital Payments UCITS ETF is listed on the London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Börse and Borsa Italiana. The Fund is categorised as article eight under the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
The fund is the latest addition to LGIM’s existing thematic range, taking it to 11 specialist funds, covering a number of disruptive technology themes, such as the USD2.53 billion L&G Cyber Security UCITS ETF, the USD772 million L&G Battery Value-Chain UCITS ETF and USD1.20 billion L&G ROBO Global Robotics and Automation UCITS ETF.