Alternative Investments/ESG: Global AUM in ESG ETFs and ETPs Shoots Past $100B End-July

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Inflows into ESG focused ETFs and ETPs continue to surge to records.

ETFGI reports that inflows into global ESG ETFs and ETPs during the month of July were $6.76 billion. That brought the total inflows into these funds for the year 2020 to date to a record of $38.78 billion, more than triple the figure of $12.37 billion in 2019 at the same time. In another indicator of the bullish fervor in favor of ESG, inflows for the first seven months of the year have already far exceeded the inflows of $26.71 billion received during the entirety of 2019.  (ETF Express)

In terms of inflows, the star performer was the Amundi MSCI Emerging ESG Leaders UCITS ETF DR – Acc (SADM GY), which alone raked in $588.82 million.

ETFGI: Total AUM touches $100 billion milestone

Globally the AUM tally of ESG ETFs/ETPs shot past the $100 billion mark to $101 billion as at end of July 2020.

That was nearly 15% above the level of $88 billion reported as at end-June.

European funds accounted for 51.6% of the AUM, while those in the U.S. held a shade over 40%.

In important statistics relating to the structure of the global ESG ETFs/ETPs market, as at end-July, there were 393 ETFs/ETPs, with 1,077 listings, assets of USD101 Bn, from 92 providers on 31 exchanges in 25 countries, according to ETFGI.

Invesco survey finds institutional inclined towards ESG

A survey by Invesco of 101 European institutional investors earlier this month found that nearly 55% plan to do the bulk of their ESG investing through ETFs and other passive products over the next five years. Currently, only about 21% use ETFs for ESG-based investing.

Significantly, nearly two-thirds of the institutions polled said the COVID-19 pandemic had pushed ESG to the top of their investing priorities, at least for the next two years.

Gary Buxton, head of EMEA ETFs and indexed strategies at Invesco, said in this connection: “For the growing number of investors looking for funds with ESG considerations, it is clear that ETFs are playing an increasingly central role in helping them gain exposure. Investors are often first attracted to ETFs due to their low costs and simplicity, but as we have seen so far this year, ESG ETFs have also been able to deliver on performance objectives.”

Related Story:    ESG Funds More Than Triple in Latest Year                                               

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