ETF trading and flows hit new heights in 2021

ETF Express newsletter 14.01.22

Reports come this week from both iShares by BlackRock and from Bloomberg’s analysts showing that ETFs had another successful year in 2021. The BlackRock numbers show that in terms of global flows, flows into ETPs hit new heights in 2021, with USD1.3 trillion of inflows – 1.7x the previous record set in 2020 (USD768.1 billion), and on par with total inflows across 2019 and 2020 combined.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg ETF analysts Athanasios Psarofagis and Henry Jim reported on ETP trading in Europe finding European ETP trading exceeded EUR2 trillion in a fragmented market.

The London Stock Exchange has been the beneficiary of much of the growth in ETPs and this week we bring you an interview with Lida Eslami, Head of Business Development, ETP and IOB, who tells us that there were 311 new ETPs across the year, divided into 181 ETFs and 130 other types of ETPs. This compares with 193 ETPs listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2020. Much of this growth has come in thematic ETFs, and, of course, in ESG and sustainable ETFs.

Other features this week include an interview with Matthew Tuttle of Tuttle Capital Management on the launch of his apparently timely inverse ETF, SARK, which tracks the inverse of the leading disruptive technology ARKK ETF on a single day. While he admits that each firm will have good days and bad days, his timing does seem to be particularly good, with both the NASDAQ and ARK under pressure this week.

Natixis Investment Managers’ Nick Elward pulled out his crystal ball this week, celebrating the growth in active ETFs over 2021 and predicting spot crypto products for 2022 in the US.

This week saw the launch of our search for nominations for the service provider categories in the 12th outing for our European ETF awards. Readers can submit their top three performing service providers in each category (yes, you can self-nominate) through the nomination survey.

Provide your nominations for the ETF Express European Awards for Service Providers 2022 here

The deadline for initial submissions will be 21st January. As with previous awards, the nomination process is conducted for the service provider categories only. Fund manager category shortlists are based on pre-selection data, provided by our data partner Trackinsight, based on annualised returns over the 12 months from over a 12-month period from 31st May 2020 to 1st June 2021 and will be available for voting from 24th January to 4th February. The methodology for assessing the issuer awards can be found under Awards on the ETF Express site. 

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Beverly Chandler, managing editor, ETF Express

Companies in this issue

Chimera Capital
EQM Indexes
The London Stock Exchange
Natixis Investment Managers
Simplify Asset Management
Strategy Shares
Tuttle Capital Management


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