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Travis Spence, JPMAM
Travis Spence, JPMAM

JPMAM aims to lead the active ETF revolution

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J.P. Morgan Asset Management | Best Capital Markets Team | Best Active ETF Issuer ($1bn+) | Best Emerging Markets Equity ETF Issuer ($100m-$1bn) | Best ESG Equity ETF Issuer ($1bn-$10bn) | Best Global Equity ETF Issuer ($1bn-$10bn) | Best Thematic ETF Issuer ($100m-$1bn) | Best Europe Equity ETF Issuer ($100m-$1bn) | Best US Equity ETF Issuer ($1bn-$10bn) | Best US Fixed Income ETF Issuer ($100m-$5bn)

Travis Spence, Head of EMEA ETF Distribution at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, answers the questions on the firm’s significant wins in this year’s awards.

What is the size and scale of your business at the moment?

J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) currently manages over USD165 billion in ETFs globally across over 100 ETFs. We have a very strong focus on active ETFs, currently offering 56 active ETFs globally, including 25 active UCITS ETFs. This is the largest active ETF range available in the UCITS space which also includes the two largest active UCITS ETFs, JREU and JREG.

What trends have you seen over the past year?

Investors are seeking better investment outcomes, and active ETFs had a breakout year in 2023, attracting 20 per cent of net flows to ETFs globally, despite active ETFs representing just 5 per cent of total ETF assets. This trend has continued at the same pace into 2024, and the active ETF revolution is also happening in UCITS. Not only did active UCITS ETFs attract over 4 per cent net ETF flow in 2023 while representing under 2 per cent of assets, but the 2024 Trackinsight Global ETF Survey showed that 81 per cent of EMEA ETF buyers already invest in active ETFs and 76 per cent plan to further increase their allocation over the next two to three years.

What plans do you have for growing your business over the coming year?

We are a fiduciary and focused on delivering the best investment outcomes to our clients. We see a fantastic opportunity to aim to lead the active ETF revolution, and we recently annouced our ambition to manage USD1 trillion in ETF assets in five years.

Where do you see the ETF industry going in terms of products over the coming year and how will your firm be able to support them?

We expect to see the most significant product innovations in active ETFs, providing more compelling core portfolio building blocks, fixed income solutions and investment outcomes. For JPMAM, this means offering our best active capabilities through the ETF vehicle, which has been a key to our success to date in core building blocks. We see a significant opportunity in active Fixed Income ETFs: active management has a proven track record in outperforming benchmarks, most investors globally prefer to invest actively in fixed income, and the ETF vehicle provides more efficient access to complex fixed income markets at lower cost.

Finally, active ETFs will increasingly provide investors with new and innovative investment outcomes, such as income or sustainable objectives.

Why do you think you won this award?

J.P. Morgan Asset Management has been dedicated to bringing the best of our active capabilities into the ETF market. We are delighted with the recognition in the asset class specific awards across a number of categories. Our active Research Enhanced Index Equity ETFs, for example, offers a compelling alternative to passive ETFs, with index-like risk but also the opportunity of incremental outperformance over a chosen index. We’re also very excited with the award for our world-class Capital Markets team, who are a critical partner for our clients to better understand the ETF ecosystem and efficiently trade in our active ETFs.

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