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European savings plans key to ETF asset growth

This week ETF Express has brought you the findings of a fascinating study commissioned by BlackRock and conducted by European investor portal extraETF, that predicts ETF savings plans in Europe will rise to a total of 32 million by 2028. By the end of 2028, annual investments in ETF savings plans by private investors in Europe are expected to cross EUR64.3 billion.

ETF investors are getting younger too – Generation Z and Millennials are emerging as a driving force for growth in the European ETF market, whereas currently, ETFs are largely owned by the 35-54 age group. Investors aged 35+ represent 63 per cent of current ETF owners, according to YouGov.

It’s been a busy week at ETF Express as we also published our latest podcast, in partnership with TrussEdge, which found TrussEdge’s Dave Shastri and IMGlobal Partner’s Jeff Seeley discussing the business of ETFs. It’s timely as much of their advice was focused on distribution and the BlackRock/extraETF study must be music to the ears of all those contemplating launching an ETF business, or expanding their existing one. You can listen to the podcast here. 

We are in the process of finalising the ETF Express US ETF Awards for 2023 and I took the opportunity for a virtual chat with Douglas Yones of the NYSE. To watch the interview please click here.

Our interview this week was with Bradley Duke of the ETC Group, who sees something of a sea change happening in the reception of crypto assets among institutional investors, retail investors and even regulators in Europe.

ETC Group has ridden the asset flow volatility of the crypto space in Europe for some years, with one of its highs recognised in the ETF Express European Awards in 2021, with its BTCE ETP celebrating remarkable growth of 34,259 per cent from launch on 8th June 2020 to 1st June 2021.

Duke says: “There is a sense that the traditional finance incumbents have embraced cryptocurrencies in a meaningful way from major investment banks to Charles Schwab to BlackRock – across the full pantheon of financial services in the US and globally, a number mature and well-established entities have prepared or are preparing a crypto offering.”

Beverly Chandler, Managing Editor

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LSEG Lipper reports that assets under management in the European ETF industry stood at EUR1,430.8 billion at the end of September 2023. Equity ETFs held the highest assets under management (EUR1,023.3 billion) at the end of September.
New research commissioned by BlackRock and conducted by the investor portal extraETF has found that the number of ETF savings plans being used by European investors to meet their long-term investment goals is expected to quadruple over the next five years. The report finds that growth has continued since 2021, despite market volatility and rising interest rates in an analysis that covers the current market for ETF Savings Plans in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, and Spain.
ETC Group has ridden the asset flow volatility of the crypto space in Europe for some years, with one of its highs recognised in the ETF Express European Awards in 2021, with its BTCE ETP celebrating remarkable growth of 34,259 per cent from launch on 8th June 2020 to 1st June 2021.
Beverly Chandler, managing editor of ETF Express, recently had a video conversation with Doug Yones, head of Exchange Trading Products at the New York Stock Exchange, in a wide-ranging conversation focused on ETFs and the upcoming ETF Express US Awards in New York.

Global ETF Launches

Global Launches sponsored by STOXX
A busy week in non-North American launches, with a wide geographical spread represented by launches coming from New Zealand’s BT Funds Management, 21Shares bringing us Shariah compliant digital assets and KraneShares launching a new addition to their range based on China. We also have J.P. Morgan Asset Management bring a UCITS version of their active global agg bond ETF.

US ETF Launches

US Launches sponsored by STOXX
Five new ETF offerings were launched for the week, each with a distinct value proposition for investors.  Detailed below are the respective launches from each asset manager.

Canada ETF LAUNCHES

Canada Launches sponsored by STOXX
Hamilton ETFs launched the Hamilton U.S. Bond Yield Maximiser ETF (Ticker: HBND). The ETF seeks to deliver attractive monthly income, while providing exposure primarily to U.S. treasuries through a portfolio of bond exchange traded funds. To supplement distribution income earned on its holdings, mitigate risk and reduce volatility, HBND will employ an actively managed covered call overlay.
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