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HANetf reports 97 per cent increase in AUM in its thematic ETFs


ETF white labelling firm HANetf has announced assets under management in its range of thematic ETFs increased by nearly USD1.1 billion in 2021, to reach USD2.227 billion – a rise of 97 per cent.  
Last year, HANetf launched 11 new thematic ETFs, and now offers 25 in total, which the firm writes is the most extensive range of any provider in Europe. 

The firm writes that it has many more similar products in its thematic pipeline continuing its tradition of issuing many European firsts. HANetf thematic European firsts have included ecommerce, cloud tech, medical cannabis, solar, travel, cleaner living, 5g infrastructure, space industry and software.

In 2021, globally assets in thematic ETFs increased by 19.7 per cent, rising from USD365 billion at the end of 2020, to USD437 billion. Last year thematic ETFs saw net inflows of USD80.54 billion, which was the second highest on record. 

According to a new study conducted by PwC, thematic ETFs are set to be the fastest growing area of the European market over the next three years.  The study, which was based on interviews with 60 executives from ETF issuers, service providers, market makers and asset managers, found 82 per cent of European respondents said they expect thematic ETFs to be the biggest growth area over the next three years, compared to 68 per cent who said this in the 2020.

Hector McNeil, co-CEO of HANetf, says: “Thematic investing as a concept has been around since the beginning of financial markets. However, over the past few years it has exploded in popularity, fast becoming a favoured way for investors to gain exposure to megatrends transforming the world. 

“In the past, many ETF investors may have used sector-based ETFs to gain broad exposure to a theme. However, the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) sectors are often unsuited to accessing new, emerging themes. Take e-commerce – many online retailers will be classified as either consumer discretionary or consumer staples. An ETF tracking one of these sectors will fail to provide you with targeted e-commerce exposure and instead leave you with high exposure to a lot of stocks that are not part of the theme. 

“Thematic ETFs have provided investors with a solution, by knitting together stocks from various sectors. This provides much more targeted exposure in a way that previous sector-based approaches couldn’t. HANetf is a pioneer led by ETF pioneers. We have by far the largest range of thematic ETFs in Europe and immediate plans for many more. Innovation is at the core of our business and we want investors to automatically think of HANetf when they think of thematics.”

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