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NEWSLETTER | 15 Jul 2021  

Sustainable investment continues to dominate ETFs

We have a survey from the Index Industry Association this week, entitled ‘Measurable Impact: Asset Managers on the Challenges and Opportunities of ESG Investment’, and which reveals that as global demand for ESG investment strategies continues to increase, asset managers question their ability to keep up with demand as they grapple with the issue of how to better define and measure sustainable investments. 

“Better corporate data leads to better benchmarks, which allows asset managers to offer better investment products,” says Rick Redding, CEO of IIA. “The survey highlights that, while there is growing global demand for ESG investment products, a lack of corporate data reporting standardisation and the complex array of ESG reporting organisations leaves ESG investors wanting more clarity about the available investment products.” 

Germany’s Deutsche Börse has also observed a growth in demand for sustainable products, with trading volumes in sustainable investment products tripling in assets since 2019. ESG ETFs recorded growth of an astonishing 251 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2021. "For many investors, ESG ETFs are the way to go if they want to invest sustainably," says Stephan Kraus, Head of the ETF & ETP segment at Deutsche Börse. 

We also bring you an interview with Hector McNeil, joint founder and CEO of HANetf, Europe’s first ETF white labelling firm, detailing the growth of the company since launch in 2018, with assets reaching USD2.6 billion briefly at the height of the cryptocurrency boom, and now sitting at around USD2 billion. The firm is set to bring its offering to the US, looking to represent non-US ETF issuers in the US markets.
In addition, we have two interviews with new ETF issuers, Iconic Funds, with its physical bitcoin ETP, and Dawn Global, which has launched an active, thematic ETF investing in the frontier markets, with a particular focus on those that are hard to reach, such as Vietnam and Bangladesh.

This week sees voting open in the popular ETF Express US ETF awards, in partnership with Bloomberg. To register your votes, please follow this link .

Beverly Chandler, managing editor


ETF assets reached USD9.35trn by end of June 2021
Wed | 14 Jul 2021, 14:19
ETF data providers ETFGI reports assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a record USD9.35 trillion at the end of the first half of 2021. 
GraniteShares reveals top 10 most shorted UK stocks and most active fund managers using shorting
Wed | 14 Jul 2021, 11:01
New analysis from ETP provider GraniteShares, which offers a range of 3x short and 3x leveraged ETPs on popular UK and US stocks, reveals that as of 12th July 2021, Cineworld Group, the world's second-largest cinema chain, was the most shorted UK listed company.
NTree International comments that metals will benefit from Biden’s infrastructure bill
Wed | 14 Jul 2021, 10:52
President Biden’s signature USD579 billion infrastructure initiative is now one step closer to being rolled out, and its staggering size and ambition will have a profound impact on commodity markets and supply chains, in particular metals like copper, nickel, and silver, which stand to benefit substantially from this investment, says NTree’s head of research Hamad Ebrahim.
Deutsche Börse reports that trading volumes of sustainable investment products have tripled
Wed | 14 Jul 2021, 10:40
Deutsche Börse reports that the sustainability boom in the European ETF market continues to gain momentum. With EUR2.7 billion in trading turnover per month, ESG ETFs now account for more than 16 per cent of total ETF trading turnover on Xetra. 
SIX buys ETF data specialist firm ULTUMUS
Tue | 13 Jul 2021, 10:07
The Swiss exchange, SIX, is acquiring ULTUMUS LTD, the London-based index and ETF data specialist. SIX writes that the acquisition is aimed at enhancing SIX’s data offering and to support its overall strategy to bring new data to its clients, making trading in ETFs more transparent and efficient for customers. The transaction closed yesterday, 12 July 2021. Financial terms of the acquisition are not disclosed.
The IIA finds growing global demand for ESG but challenges ahead in creating better ESG products
Tue | 13 Jul 2021, 10:25
The Index Industry Association has recently conducted its latest survey of 300 US and European asset managers, focusing this time on ESG.
HANetf goes from strength to strength with plans to open in the US in 2022
Fri | 9 Jul 2021, 11:31
Hector McNeil, HANetf co-founder, has confirmed that the London-headquartered firm intends to open in the US in the first half of next year, offering their white label facility to ETF issuers from outside the US, who want to launch ETFs into the country. 
BlackRock reports June ETP inflows into US ETPs as second highest month on record
Mon | 12 Jul 2021, 10:25
BlackRock’s global ETP flows figures for June 2021 show that flows into US equity ETPs increased 2.5x vs. May’s flows, with USD71.7 billion of inflows in June – the second-highest month on record, behind the mammoth USD75.7 billion added in March this year, and ahead of the USD61.7 billion added in February. 
Iconic aims for one stop shop status in crypto ETPs
Mon | 12 Jul 2021, 09:00
German-headquartered Iconic Holding is a global crypto asset management group, with offices in Singapore, Dubai and New York. The firm, under its Iconic Funds subsidiary, recently launched its first physically backed bitcoin ETP on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, with the ticker XBTI, and on the Swiss Stock Exchange on May 28, 2021. 
Gold ETF flows remain stable amid price decline
Mon | 12 Jul 2021, 11:11
The World Gold Council’s latest report on gold ETFs reveals that gold has experienced significant price declines of 6 per cent during the first half of 2021. However, fund flows remain stabilised due to the North American and Asian fund flows offsetting European outflows. Overall, the drop in global gold ETF AUM is 14 per cent lower than August 2020 highs. 
Trackinsight reveals energy as top theme of 2021
Fri | 9 Jul 2021, 14:10
Data from global ETF analysis platform Trackinsight reveals that energy and energy infrastructure was the highest-performing segment of the ETF markets in the first half of 2021.
Dawn Global launches the first active thematic ETF in Emerging and Frontier Markets, with a focus on Emerging Asia ex China/India
Fri | 9 Jul 2021, 15:10
There is a new cub on the block with the launch of Dawn Global’s Asian Growth Cubs ETF on NYSE, focusing on Emerging Asia ex China/India.  
Global ETF launches 8.7.21 to 15.7.21
Thu | 15 Jul 2021, 08:47
A busier week in ETF launch land has brought a range of specialist and thematic ETFs. Dawn Global, a newcomer to the ETF world, has launched an active and thematic ETF focused on the emerging and frontier markets, particularly the hard to invest in ones, including Vietnam and Bangladesh.

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