Morningstar reports significant decrease in European ETF flows in second quarter of 2022  

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Morningstar has published a review of the European ETF market for the second quarter 2022, which saw EUR15.8 billion of flows, a 63.17 per cent decrease from the first quarter.

The European ETF market gathered EUR15.8 billion of flows in the second quarter of 2022, a significant decrease from the first quarter's EUR42.9 billion in flows, the firm says.


Assets under management in European ETFs dropped to EUR1.31 trillion from EUR1.42 trillion in the first quarter, reflecting the widespread negative sentiment in financial markets over the period.


Flows into environmental, social, and governance ETFs amounted to EUR6.7 billion. This represented 42 per cent of total flows into ETFs in the second quarter. European ESG ETF assets decreased to EUR216 billion from EUR232 billion in the first quarter.


Strategic-beta ETFs netted EUR3.4 billion, down from EUR7.5 billion in the first quarter. The bulk of inflows were directed to dividend strategies.


Flows into thematic ETFs totalled EUR0.6 billion, the second quarter of flows under EUR1.0 billion since 2019. Assets fell to EUR31.2 billion from EUR35.5 billion in the first quarter.


IShares topped the flows league table in the second quarter with EUR9.6 billion, Morningstar says.


Jose Garcia-Zarate, Associate Director, Passive Strategies, comments: “Generally, we are continuing to see investors favour equity market exposures. For example, 87 per cent of total ETF flows in the quarter, totalling EUR13.8 billion, was directed to equity ETFs. Although in the previous quarter assets in equity ETFs decreased by EUR85 billion, we can still identify a regular trend of favouritism toward equity market exposed ETFs. Investors pulled EUR1.5 billion from commodities exchange-traded products after the strong showing in the first quarter when these products netted EUR6.9 billion.”



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