ETF Express newsletter 10.9.21

A fascinating study of investor appetites was published this week, revealing the difference between what asset managers are offering investors, and what they actually want. Dianomi and The Dubs’ research finds that at a time when investors are demonstrating a growing interest in and seeking guidance on new asset classes such as ETFs and cryptocurrencies on financial news sites, global asset managers continue to produce news content on traditional investment vehicles such as equities and fixed income.

ETFs continue to dominate growth patterns in asset management, and this week we had news of the acquisition of Brown Brothers Harriman’s investor services by State Street Corporation. The acquisition brings USD5.4 trillion in assets under custody to State Street’s pile of USD31.9 trillion.

Data from BlackRock and ETFGI this week showed that August marked an extraordinary growth in ETF assets over 2021, with the European figures showing growth greater than the whole of last year by the end of August, and BlackRock commenting that growth globally reflects a move towards a more defensive investment stance.

Other stories this week also reflect growth, with digital ETP issuers ETC Group reporting they are back over USD1 billion in assets and HANetf celebrating the rapid growth of its white labelling business in Europe, with the launch of 10 new ETFs in the last three months.

HANetf’s launches are mostly based on investment themes and Global X Europe’s Morgane Delledonne, Director of Research, finds that UCITS Thematic ETFs recorded USD559 million of net inflows in August, with connectivity themes attracting the largest net inflows again this month with USD216 million, with the bulk of net new inflows going into emerging market internet themes (USD147 million) as investors likely see buying opportunities in Asian assets amid regulatory-led selloff.

Finally, we bring you news of a thematic ETF which sits squarely in the ESG sector – VEGAN, launched two years ago, and now showing significant outperformance of the S&P 500. 

Beverly Chandler, Managing Editor

Companies in this issue
Brown Brothers Harriman
The Dubs
ETC Group
Global X Europe
State Street Corporation


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