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Our features this week include an interview with Aous Labbanne and Etienne Vincent of Paris-based Ossiam on the firm’s extraordinary 2021 which brought in USD1.8 billion in new assets.
We also feature PwC’s annual global ETF report which celebrates 2021 for ETFs but also predicts that the asset class will grow to USD20 trillion by 2026. ESG is to continue in its dominance of the field, but this survey also revealed an increased appetite for crypto products. If there were regulatory approval for crypto ETFs, 46 per cent of European respondents confirmed that they would plan the launch of a crypto ETF within 18 months. This is 45 per cent, 38 per cent and 25 per cent respectively for Asia, Canada and the US.
Digital engagement has also taken off, according to the report, with 84 per cent of survey participants expecting significant demand from online platforms over the next two to three years.
Finally, in the week when it was confirmed that global ETF assets surpassed USD10 trillion in 2021, I bring you a stand-out fact drawn from FactSet’s Elisabeth Kashner’s detailed report on US ETFs in 2021. Kashner reveals that US ETF flows were the highest ever in 2021, by a huge margin, with mutual funds seeing net outflows of about USD29 billion (per Investment Company Institute estimates as of January 12) while ETFs netted USD942 billion. ETFs are the vehicle to watch for US fund trends, Kashner says.
Beverly Chandler, managing editor, ETF Express
Companies in this issue
Fubon Asset Management
Global X ETFs
iM Global Partner
Hamilton Capital Partners
Richard Bernstein Advisors
Strategas launches two thematic ETFs
VTB Capital Investments launches European equity ETF on Moscow Exchange