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HANetf thematic survey respondents expect AUM in thematic ETFs to grow to at least USD50 billion by the end of 2022

The latest thematic survey from HANetf reveals that financial professionals expect both their own exposure to thematic funds and the wider thematic ETF market in Europe to continue to grow.

The survey was completed by 60 wealth managers and IFAs across Europe. Those surveyed had a collective AUM of EUR136.125 billion.


Asked what percentage exposure to thematic funds they had in their portfolios, 73.3 per cent of professional investors surveyed reported they have over 15 per cent exposure to thematic funds in the portfolios they manage. 98.3 per cent have at least 5 per cent exposure to thematic funds.


90 per cent of respondents said they expect to increase their thematic exposure over the next 12-months in the portfolios they manage. Thematic investing is gaining increasing interest from clients according to the respondents to the survey.

95 per cent of respondents said they have seen interest in thematic investing from clients increase over the previous 12 months.

HANetf cites assets of under USD10 billion in thematic ETFs in 2019, and the respondents expect the amount of AUM in thematic ETFs to grow to at least USD50 billion by the end of 2022.

Financial professionals are split on which themes they are most bullish about. However, among the most popular were blockchain, decentralised finance and the crypto economy, renewable and clean energy, and the Metaverse.

The largest number of respondents (26.7 per cent) identified blockchain, decentralised finance, and the crypto economy as the theme they feel most positive about. Clean and renewable energy was also popular, with 25 per cent of respondents identifying it as the theme they are most bullish about.

HANetf writes that an emerging theme over the past year has been the Metaverse. 93.3 per cent of respondents said they were either very or somewhat bullish on the theme. Less than 4 per cent said they were not bullish on the theme.



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