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Tradeweb reports strong demand in fixed income ETFs in February 2023

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Trading activity on the Tradeweb European ETF marketplace reached EUR51.1 billion in February, while the proportion of transactions processed via Tradeweb’s Automated Intelligent Execution (AiEX) tool was 82.8 per cent.

Equity and commodity-based ETFs saw net selling in February, with ‘sells’ in the latter surpassing ‘buys’ by 22 percentage points. In contrast, fixed income ETFs were mostly bought, while activity in the asset class increased to 38 per cent of the overall platform flow, beating the previous 12-month rolling average by three percentage points.

North America Equities was once again the most heavily-traded ETF category during the month, with over EUR10.4 billion in total traded volume.

Four of the five fixed income products featured in February’s top 10 by traded notional volume offer investor exposure to corporate debt, with the iShares Core Corporate Bond UCITS ETF moving up one place from January to be ranked first.

Total consolidated US ETF notional value traded in February 2023 amounted to USD54.3 billion, an increase of 23 per cent year over year.

As a percentage of total notional value, equities accounted for 48 per cent and fixed income for 46 per cent, with the remainder comprising commodity and specialty ETFs.

Adam Gould, head of equities at Tradeweb, says: “Fixed income ETFs had a strong month on our platform, particularly corporate bond products, demonstrating their ability to help investors transfer risk quickly and effectively in different market conditions.”

Fixed income products dominated February’s top 10 by traded notional volume, with the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF ranked first. The fund last held the top spot in November 2022.

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