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AXA IM launches World and Emerging Markets ETFs: AWDU and AIQU

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AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has expanded its ETF range in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement with the launch of two new passive ETFs: AXA IM MSCI World Equity PAB UCITS ETF and AXA IM MSCI Emerging Markets Equity PAB UCITS ETF.

AXA IM MSCI World Equity PAB UCITS ETF (ticker AWDU)

This new indexed ETF tracks the performance of the MSCI World Climate Paris Aligned Index, net of management fees, both upwards and downwards. This index provides access to the performances of large and mid-cap companies listed in 23 industrialised countries across the world, follows the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and intends to exceed the minimum standards of the EU Paris Aligned Benchmark requirements. This new ETF not only offers investors exposure to global markets, to date, more than 600 companies, but it also offers a decarbonisation trajectory compatible with the objectives of the Paris Agreement (Paris Aligned Benchmark).

This ETF is managed in a physical manner and charges an annual Total Expense Ratio (TER) of 0.20 per cent. AWDU is listed on Deutsche Börse – XETRA and soon on Borsa Italiana and SIX Swiss Exchange. It is available to all types of investors in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy (only for institutional investors pending its listing in Italy), Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

AXA IM MSCI Emerging Markets Equity PAB UCITS ETF (ticker AIQU)

This new indexed ETF tracks the performance of the MSCI Emerging Markets Climate Paris Aligned Index, net of management fees, both upwards and downwards. This index offers exposure to large and mid-cap equities across the main emerging markets with a growth potential coming from some of the most dynamic countries in the world, according to us. This index is following a decarbonisation trajectory consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, integrates recommendations of the TCFD and intends to exceed the minimum standards of the EU Paris Aligned Benchmark requirements. With this new ETF, investors will gain exposure to close to 380 companies from 24 emerging countries with one single transaction.

This ETF is managed in a physical manner and charges an annual Total Expense Ratio (TER) of 0.24 per cent. AIQU is registered in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy[7], Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Spain and Sweden. It will be available to all types of investors pending its listing on Deutsche Börse – XETRA, Borsa Italiana and SIX Swiss Exchange in the coming weeks.

Both ETFs are classified as “Article 8” under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). AXA IM now offers a range of 10 UCITS ETFs, including six PAB ETFs, in equities and bonds, and both in active and passive strategies. AXA IM managed USD2.6 billion in ETFs as at end of June 2024.

“We built these two new ETFs to provide investors access to the world’s primary geographic regions and enable them to adapt their allocation according to political, economic and budgetary conditions.  These two new building blocks will help investors diversify global and emerging equities needs, which both have been particularly popular in the ETF format in recent years, while reducing their exposure to climate risks, in the most transparent way possible and at a competitive cost,” says Olivier Paquier, Global Head of ETF Sales at AXA IM.

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