Deutsche Bank – Synthetic Equity & Index Strategy – Europe European Monthly ETF Market Review – Large Inflows into European Equities, Sovereigns and Corporate Bonds
Data in this report is as of 31st July 2015
European ETP Highlights
As of the end of July 2015, global ETP assets stood at $2.9 trillion with European ETP assets at $508bn (€459bn). In July, European ETPs continued its positive trend from the previous month and registered net inflows of +€7.5bn (+€1.4bn in the prev. month). Equity and fixed income ETFs both benefitted from inflows, receiving +€6.1bn and +€2.2bn respectively. Commodity ETPs listed in Europe saw outflows of -€0.8bn during the same period.
US Sector, Quant and China Sovereign bond product launches
State Street launched 9 sector ETFs that provide exposure to US equity GICS sectors. Lyxor launched 6 quantitative strategy equity ETFs in July while Deutsche Bank listed Europe’s first fixed income ETF providing exposure to Chinese Government bonds.
European equities continue to be favoured while fixed income ETF reverses trend to experience inflows.
European and US listed ETFs with European Equity exposure observed strong monthly inflows benefitting from +$4bn (+$19.4bn YTD inflows) and +$3.2bn (+$34bn YTD) respectively following the Greek resolution. We also observed a reversal trend in the fixed income space where Sovereign (+€1bn) and Corporate Bonds (+€1bn) dominated inflows. This follows two consecutive months of outflows.
European listed ETFs tracking Chinese equities experiences small outflows despite $8bn inflows into the market through Asian listings
The recent Chinese stock market fall had spurred the Chinese Government to take measures to mitigate the risk of a continued sell-off. This market volatility had elevated trading activity in ETFs tracking China globally. Investors trading European listed Chinese ETFs were net sellers (-€218mn). However in Asia, ETFs tracking Chinese equities benefited from large inflows of +$8.1bn.
Gold loses its shine while crude oil witness inflows
In July, Gold based ETPs witnessed outflows of -€0.7bn amid falling gold prices. Commodity prices have recently taken a hit following concerns of lower demand from China. Crude oil ETPs, which have been registering inflows since start of the year continued its positive run in July by registered inflows of +€266mn (YTD net flow at +€1.1bn). This is despite the fact that the oil price has been in a downward trend.