ETFGI reports that ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe reported net outflows of US$22.83 billion at the end of March 2020


LONDONApril28, 2020 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs/ETPs ecosystem, reported today that ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe reported net outflows of 
US$22.83 billion at the end of March, the largest monthly outflow for Europe, bringing year-to-date net outflows to US$1.63 billion. Assets invested in the European ETFs/ETPs industry have decreased by 12.3%, from US$997.31 billion at the end of February, to US$874.87 billion, according to ETFGI's March 2020 European ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)


  • April 2020 marks the 20thanniversary of the listing of the first ETFs to be listed in Europe.   
  • Commodities attracted the largest monthly inflows among the asset classes of $3.46 billion.
  • Commodity ETFs/ETPs gathered year-to-date net inflows of $7.90 billion, much higher than the 
    $616 million had attracted by this time last year.
  • Assets invested in the European ETFs/ETPs industry of $874.87 billion are the highest in comparison with previous years at this point.


April 2020 marks the 20thanniversary of the listing of the first ETFs to be listed in Europe.   The LDRS DJ STOXX 50 and LDRS DJ EUROSTOXX 50 sponsored by Merrill Lynch were listed on 11 April 2000 on the Deutsche Borse, closely followed by the listing of the iShares FTSE 100 ETF on the London Stock Exchange on April 28, 2000.  The LDRS ‘leaders’ were acquired by Barclays Global Investors from Merrill Lynch in September 2003 and their names were changed to iShares DJ STOXX 50 and iShares DJ EUROSTOXX 50.  

At the end of March, the S&P 500 was down 12.35% as the pandemic (Covid-19) forced US government to take strict measures and set some form of lockdown around the states reinforcing the fear for deep recession and high unemployment. Outside the U.S., the S&P Developed ex-U.S. BMI plummeted nearly 14.29%.  The S&P Emerging BMI dove 16.97% during the month and Global equities as measured by the S&P Global BMI plunged 14.32% as well.”  According to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI.

Europe ETFs and ETPs asset growth as at the end of March 2020 


At the end of March 2020, the European ETFs/ETPs industry had 2,205 ETFs/ETPs, with 8,440 listings, from 67 providers on 27 exchanges listed in 23 countries. 

ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe reported net outflows of US$22.83 billion at the end of March.  Commodity ETFs/ETPs gathered $3.46 billion in net inflows during March bringing net inflows to $7.90 billion for2020, which is greater than the $616 million in net inflows gatheredat this point in 2019. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe reported net outflows of $14.13 billion in March, bringing net outflows for the year 2020 to $5.31 billion, lower than the $10.19 billion in net inflows equity products had attracted at this point in 2019. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe had net outflows of $10.83 billion in March, bringing net outflows for the year to $3.35 billion, much lower than the $19.82 billion in net inflows fixed income products had at end of March 2019.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $11.76 billion at the end of March. The Vanguard FTSE All-World High Dividend Yield UCITS ETF (VHYD LN)gathered $1.03 billion alone.

Top 20 ETFs by net inflows in March 2020: Europe



(US$ Mn)

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(US$ Mn)

Vanguard FTSE All-World High Dividend Yield UCITS ETF





iShares MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)










iShares $ Corp Bond UCITS ETF





iShares STOXX Europe 600 UCITS ETF (DE)





iShares eb.rexx Money Market UCITS ETF (DE)





iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF















Vanguard FTSE All-World UCITS ETF





SPDR Barclays 1 – 3 Year Euro Government Bond UCITS ETF










Xtrackers USD Corporate Bond UCITS ETF (DR)





iShares Core DAX UCITS ETF (DE)





iShares $ Treasury Bond 1-3yr UCITS ETF (EUR)





Vanguard FTSE 100 UCITS ETF










SPDR Barclays Euro Government Bond UCITS ETF





iShares Core MSCI World UCITS ETF





iShares Core € Govt Bond UCITS ETF





The top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered $5.65 billion at the end of March. The Invesco Physical Gold ETC (SGLD LN) gathered $1.74 billion alone.


Top 10 ETPs by net inflows in March 2020: Europe



(US$ Mn)

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Invesco Physical Gold ETC





iShares Physical Gold ETC





Amundi Physical Metals PLC





Xtrackers Physical Gold Euro Hedged ETC





WisdomTree WTI Crude Oil





WisdomTree Physical Gold





WisdomTree Brent Crude Oil 1mth





WisdomTree WTI Crude Oil 2x Daily Leveraged





Xtrackers Brent Crude Oil Booster Euro Hedged ETC





WisdomTree Physical Gold - GBP Daily Hedged





Investors have tended to invest in Commodity ETFs and ETPs at the end of March.

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Episode 1 ETF TV views from industry leaders in Europe
Episode 2 ETF TV Tara O'Reilly on the regulatory environment for ETFs 
Episode 3 ETF TV Dan Draper of Invesco picks out the key future trends to watch in the ETF market 
Episode 4 ETF TV Dr Xiaolin Chen of KraneShares explains ETF use in institutional investment and for access to China
Episode 5 ETF TV ETF market structure and trading protocols are evolving approaches to investment Tom Digby, Head of EMEA ETF Client Trading at Invesco
Episode 6 ETF TV Ciarán Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Head of ETF Servicing Europe at State Street discuss generating alpha with ETFs  
Episode 7 of ETF TV features Eric M. Pollackov Global Head of ETF Capital Markets at Invesco sharing his views on active and passive investing being a collaboration of capabilities, the need for education and innovations developing in non-transparent active and Crypto ETPs
Episode 8 of ETF TV features Shaun Baskett, Director Index Sales at Cboe Europe sharing his views on the role of regulation, trade transparency and liquidity for ETFs
Episode 9 of ETF TV features Sergey Dolomanov, Partner at WILLIAM FRY sharing his views on the value of ETFs being the delivery of better value and choice for investors and the development of active and ESG strategies with Hamish McArthur of ETF TV and Deborah Fuhr of ETFGI 
Episode 10 of ETF TV features Jim Goldie, head of ETF Capital Markets (EMEA) at Invesco, sharing his views on the growth in the use of fixed income ETFs, how they can have tighter spreads than the index and provide cost efficient execution, with Hamish McArthur of ETF TV
Episode 11 of ETF TV features Elena Philipova, Global head of ESG proposition at Refinitiv, sharing her views on the changing landscape of ESG application within the investment industry
Episode 12 of ETF TV features Elena Philipova, Global head of ESG proposition at Refinitiv,sharing her views on the regional differences in approach to supporting investment based on environmental, social and governance factors
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Episode 15 of ETF TV features Ivan Gilmore, head of exchange-traded products and global product development at the London Stock Exchange sees innovation in trading protocols and ESG products are transforming the ETF landscape, plus his thoughts on active vs passive and governance.
Episode 16 of ETF TV features Deborah Fuhr and Dan Barnes - The ETF Rule in the US will lead to many new issues in the market across 2020; the ‘non-transparent active’ ETFs – in reality as transparent as mutual funds, and better described as periodically-disclosed ETFs, will increase in number. New smart-beta strategies and launches of funds based on existing smart-beta strategies will also grow.
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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. 
Ms Fuhr was made a Fellow of CFA UK in January 2020, was the recipient of the 2018 lifetime achievement award, 100 Women in Finance’s 2017 European Industry Leadership Award, the 2014 William F. Sharpe Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of index investing, the Nate Most Greatest Contributor to the ETF industry award at the 11th annual awards dinner in 2015, the Lifetime achievement award in 2015.  She has been named as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Finance” by Financial News over several years, most recently in 2016, and as one of the “10 to Watch in 2014” by Rep. magazine and Ms Fuhr won the award for the Greatest Overall Contribution to the development of the Global ETF industry in the survey in 2011 and 2008 and received an award for her contribution to the ETF sector at the annual closed end funds and ETF event in New York and was featured in the Investors Chronicle’s list of “150 people that can make you money” in 2010.    

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