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Turbulent week for world markets

Markets have kept many of you very busy indeed this week with Bloomberg Intelligence describing the collapse of SVB as the ‘next Russia’ estimating that USD6.5 billion has been wiped off passive funds. At the time of writing, we have the news that the Swiss central bank is to lend Credit Suisse USD54 billion, providing a liquidity backstop after its shares dropped 30 per cent, sparking a sell-off in bank shares across Europe and the US.

Contagion was the fear, particularly for those who have lived through previous market crashes, but at the time of writing, the markets seem to have rebounded on the back of the Swiss central bank support.

Moderate was the key word in BlackRock’s report of global ETF flows in February with both equity and fixed income ETFs seeing reduced buying. Outflows from US equity ETPs (-USD5.5 billion) continued across listing regions for a second consecutive month – the first time this has happened since February-March 2018, BlackRock reported.

Meanwhile, we spoke with AllianceBernstein’s Noel Archard on their planned new active ETF launches in the US and their first conversion of a mutual fund to an ETF. The firm’s commitment to active ETFs is supported by the figures that show that last year, active ETFs represented just 4 per cent of ETF assets and 14 per cent in flows, while in January this year, they were up to 20 per cent of flows. “ETF investors are embracing the fact that they have a new set of tools,” Archard says.

New tools and a new geographical area for ETF growth came this week in India, which has seen two ETF launches – one more of a rename from India’s First US Debt (ETF) Fund to Bandhan US Treasury Bond 0-1 Year Fund of Fund. We have an interview with Bandhan coming next week, detailing the firm and the growth in appetite for ETFs in India. The second launch was from Mirae Asset Mutual Fund in India with the Mirae Asset Nifty 100 Low Volatility 30 ETF, described as a Smart Beta ETF that aims to measure the performance of the low volatile securities in the large market capitalisation segment.

Our news this week was the launch of our first podcast, Off the Record, in partnership with Truss Edge. The podcast features me in discussion with two famous ETF analysts, Detlef Glow of Refinitiv Lipper and Athanasios Psarofagis of Bloomberg Intelligence, discussing the extraordinary growth of European ETFs, often in the face of challenges such as retrocession or the fragmented market, and the outlook for ESG and active funds. Glow describes ETFs as the salt and pepper in the asset management soup and we all know that good seasoning is essential to produce a good dish.

Listen to Off the Record here

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Beverly Chandler, Managing Editor

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New research from Bloomberg Intelligence has found that at least USD6.5 billion has been wiped off the market in the form of losses in mutual funds and ETFs in the wake of Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) collapse, as investment advisers account for 71 per cent of the lender’s ownership, thanks to passive funds. ETFs that hold SVB will still trade even as the stock’s weighting drops to zero. The sell-off may continue as contagion fears ripple across markets, the firm says.
ETF Express is pleased to announce the launch of Off the Record, a new podcast series, in partnership with Truss Edge, providers of front, middle and back-office software and services to ETF issuers.
February ETF flow figures from iShares at BlackRock reveal that inflows into global ETPs were moderate for a fifth consecutive month in February, with USD22.5 billion added with reduced buying across equities and fixed income.
Noel Archard has been in position as the global head of ETFs at AllianceBernstein for just over a year and brings us news of ETF launches and a conversion planned for the coming weeks.


Vintage Globe
Just the two European launches this week with Fidelity bringing us a global government bond climate aware UCITS ETF and Xtrackers offering new equity ETFs on Xetra.


US Flags
Ten new ETF solutions were launched for the week, each with a distinct value proposition for investors.  Detailed below are the respective launches from each asset manager.


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