ETFGI reports Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPS listed globally gather net inflows of US$679 Million during December 2018
LONDON — January 31, 2018 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$679 million during December. Total assets invested ESG ETFs and ETPs decreased by 3.20% from US$23.22 billion at the end of November, to US$22.47 billion, according to ETFGI’s December 2018 ETF and ETP ESG industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)
- Total Assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally rose 29.51% in 2018.
- ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered $679 Mn in net new assets during December.
- In 2018, ESG classified products have attracted $7.61 Bn in net new assets.
“The end of 2018 saw the trend in developed markets reverse, and although arguably predictable, the severity left many pundits scratching their heads. This end of year stress has widely been attributed to the disruption caused by trade disputes feeding into economic data, and the view policy makers are not going to be quite as accommodating as initially expected. The S&P 500 returned -9.03% during December, and down -4.38% for 2018. Developed markets ex-US fell -4.62% during December, led by Japan and Canada, bringing the yearly return to -13.21%. Relatively speaking, EM and FM fared the month better, returning -2.68% and -3.15%, finishing 2018 -13.53% and -11.82%, respectively” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and founder of ETFGI.
At the end of December 2018, there were 208 ESG classified ETFs/ETPs, with 492 listings, assets of $22.47 Bn, from 61 providers listed on 26 exchanges in 23 countries. Following net inflows of $679 Mn and market moves during the month, assets invested in ESG ETFs/ETPs listed globally decreased 3.20%, from $23.22 Bn at the end of November 2018, to $22.47 Bn.
Global ESG ETF and ETP asset growth as at end of December 2018
Since the launch of the first ESG ETF/ETP in 2002, the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF, the number and diversity of products has increased steadily, with 208 ESG ETFs/ETPs listed globally at the end of 2018. 70 new ESG ETFs/ETPs have launched by 27 providers during 2018, with 4 during December alone.
Substantial inflows during December can be attributed to the top 20 ESG ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $732 Mn during December. The iShares MSCI USA SRI UCITS ETF (SUAS LN) gathered $158 Mn, the largest net inflow in December.
Top 20 ESG ETFs/ETPs by net new assets December 2018
|iShares MSCI USA SRI UCITS ETF||SUAS LN||566||510||158|
|iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF||DSI US||1,204||269||81|
|iShares MSCI Europe SRI UCITS ETF||IESE LN||500||123||76|
|iShares MSCI EM SRI UCITS ETF||SUES LN||241||144||62|
|iShares MSCI EAFE ESG Optimized ETF||ESGD US||480||411||58|
|Vanguard ESG US Stock ETF||ESGV US||104||104||40|
|BNP Paribas Easy Low Carbon 100 Europe UCITS ETF Capitalisation||ECN FP||499||353||32|
|iShares Trust iShares ESG MSCI USA ETF||ESGU US||131||121||31|
|iShares USD Corp Bond SRI 0-3yr UCITS ETF||SUSU LN||27||26||26|
|iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF||SUSA US||784||203||22|
|UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (USD) A-dis||MSRUSA SW||382||36||21|
|Vanguard ESG International Stock ETF||VSGX US||62||46||18|
|OSSIAM US MINIMUM VARIANCE ESG NR UCITS ETF||MVUS FP||196||(72)||18|
|iShares € Corp Bond SRI 0-3yr UCITS ETF||SUSS LN||663||129||16|
|UBS ETF (LU) MSCI World Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (USD) A-dis||UIMM GY||778||292||16|
|UBS ETF - Sustainable Development Bank Bonds UCITS ETF - Acc||MDBA GY||17||12||12|
|Xtrackers II ESG EUR Corporate Bond UCITS ETF DR||XB4F GY||96||66||12|
|Ossiam ESG Low Carbon Shiller Barclays Cape US Sector UCITS ETF||5HED GY||14||12||12|
|iShares MSCI World SRI UCITS ETF||SUSW LN||236||55||11|
|AMUNDI ETF MSCI World Low Carbon UCITS ETF - EUR||LWCR FP||39||(47)||11|
Confusion persists around what constitutes an ESG fund. According to PRI, a UN-supported initiative which seeks to understand the investment implications of ESG issues, 56% of adopters believe there is a lack of clarity in ESG definitions. ETFGI’s classification system attempts to provide greater precision, with ETFs/ETPs listed globally organised into categories, including core ESG products and theme-based groups, such as Clean/Alternative Energies and Gender Diversity.
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About Deborah Fuhr
Previously Deborah Fuhr served as global head of ETF research and implementation strategy and as a managing director at BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors from 2008 – 2011. She also worked as a managing director and head of the investment strategy team at Morgan Stanley in London from 1997 – 2008, and as an associate at Greenwich Associates.
She has been working with investors, ETF, ETP providers, index providers, exchanges, MMs and APs, regulators, trade associations, custodians, law firms, accounting firms around the world since 1997.
ETFGI is honored to count as our research and consulting clients some of the leading firms in the ETF Ecosystem around the world as well as some new entrants and firms that are considering entering the ETF, ETP industry.
Past awards for Ms Fuhr include she was the recipient of the 100 Women in Finance 2017 European Industry Leadership Award, the 2014 William F. Sharpe Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the field of index investing and she named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Finance” by Financial News over several years, most recently in 2016.
Deborah Fuhr is a founder and board member of Women in ETFs “WE” the first women’s group for the ETF industry. Founded in January 2014, WE is a non-profit organization that brings together over 4,500 members, including women and men, in chapters in major financial centres around the world to CONNECT, SUPPORT and INSPIRE. WE achieves this by organizing events at our chapters globally that support our goals of education, networking, philanthropy and idea sharing across the industry and beyond. For more information, visit: www.womeninetfs.com