All systems go

ETF news this week was dominated by a number of launches across a wide range of investment sectors, not just the perennial favourites of ESG and crypto but new geographies, with the India ETF from DWS and new asset classes such as FreightWaves and MerQube’s MerQube FreightWaves Supply Chain Tech Index, designed to provide exposure to publicly traded global companies operating in the supply chain technology sector.

Our features this week displayed the success of the first half of the year for two firms, LSE and Qontigo, in its collaboration with BlackRock. The first half of 2022 has proved to be another milestone year for ETPs at the London Stock Exchange, with the total number of ETP listings hitting 2,000.

Lida Eslami, Head of Business Development, ETP and IOB, London Stock Exchange, explains that the exchange is seeing even more demand and interest. So far this year, in the seven months from January to July, there have been 168 new ETPs listed, split between 119 ETFs and 49 new ETC/ETNs. Out of the 119 ETFs, 55 have an ESG methodology.

Meanwhile, Lukas Smart, Head of US iShares Sustainable and Factors Product Segments, and Arun Singhal, Qontigo’s Global Head of Index Product Management, discussed the update to BlackRock’s multi-factor offering and the outlook for factor investing in their piece this week.

In June, BlackRock revitalised its multi-factor product suite with the relaunch of the iShares U.S. Equity Factor ETF (LRGF) and iShares International Equity Factor ETF (INTF).

New kids on the crypto block were also featured, with Hashdex’s Bruno Sousa detailing the history of the firm and its ambitions for global expansion. We also had an interview with Brieuc Louchard, Head of ETF Capital Markets at AXA Investment Managers who explained to Romain Thomas why his firm is launching an ETF platform in Europe with a focus on active management and responsible investment.

Meanwhile, it’s all change over on our sister title, Institutional Asset Manager, which has seen a change of platform and a redesign this week. We have also launched the Institutional Asset Manager awards. Please click here to nominate now.

Also, there is one more week of voting available in our US awards, please follow this link to cast your votes now.

Beverly Chandler, managing editor, ETF Express

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The pair writes that ETF flows have outpaced mutual fund flows every month this year and tougher market conditions appear likely to accelerate ETF and broader passive adoption across Europe.
Brieuc Louchard, Head of ETF Capital Markets at AXA Investment Managers, explains to Romain Thomas why his firm is launching an ETF platform with a focus on active management and responsible investment
Lida Eslami, Head of Business Development, ETP and IOB, London Stock Exchange, explains that last year was a strong year with 310 listings but this year there is added interest from even more ETP issuers. “New ETP issuers are emerging and listing in London on what we feel is the most international stock exchange in Europe, “ Eslami says. “We are seeing even more demand and interest.”
Bruno Sousa, Head of New Markets and a founder of the crypto fund manager explains that the team behind the firm started their business in 2018, in Brazil and the US, initially with private funds but with the aim of creating ETFs, not only in the US but in different jurisdictions where they thought it could work with the regulators. Sousa says that the firm launched the first crypto ETF with a launch in Bermuda in 2020, followed by a launch in Brazil in 2021. In the US, where the SEC has restricted crypto ETPs to the futures-based model, Sousa confirms that Hashdex has filed to produce a futures-based crypto product.


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