We end 2021 with ETF assets at an all-time high, having experienced inflows this year of close to USD1 trillion. It’s not just the assets but also the breadth of launches that we have seen this year that have made this such an exciting part of the financial services industry to work in.
This week’s features bring you an end of year round-up from the UK’s DIY investment platform InvestEngine which notes that, despite all the excitement of the huge range of thematic ETFs launched this year, UK investors love equity ETFs first and foremost. InvestEngine’s Andrey Dobrynin says: “Commission-free investing is no longer a novelty of app-based start-ups — even some of the biggest platforms are moving in this direction. At the same time, some of the pioneers of ‘free’ investing are reaching scale, showing that this customer-friendly business model can be sustainable.
“It comes as no surprise that the ‘old guard’ investment platforms are changing their ways. It reinforces what we have seen with our customers for some time: investors want an accessible app-based service, user-friendly features and the lowest cost possible.”
Trackinsight brought us Bad Santa news this week with its peek at what has performed well in the weeks running up to Christmas – the old-fashioned vices are doing very nicely apparently.
The new-fashioned has also featured this week, with notes from Algo-Chain’s webinar on integrating cryptocurrencies into wealth management, and a report from The Man Institute on how cryptos increase diversification.
This is the last ETF Express newsletter before Christmas and we are back on 3rd January, publishing, in association with the London Stock Exchange, our ETF Express 2022 Global Outlook. This annual special report brings you the views of global investors in ETFs representing billions of dollars, in ETFs.
A thank you goes to Arro Communications for their ‘I heart ETFs’ badge which once again makes it into our Christmas photo.
And, finally, a thank you and happy holidays to our readers, sponsors and advertisers. Have a great break.
Beverly Chandler, Managing Editor, ETF Express
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