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Trendscout news issue 18 - Rising interest in Factor ETFs

March 14, 2018

Rising interest in Factor ETFs

In particular, momentum-driven ETFs have gained attention from investors in recent weeks.

Interest in Factor ETFs has increased steadily over the past two years, although overall market share remains modest. A glance at the factors shows that over the course of the past quarters, momentum-driven ETFs from Blackrock, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas have gained interest in particular, and despite some market jitters this has even accelerated in recent weeks. The demand has come mainly from German, Italian and Swiss investors.

Interest for products on more traditional factors such as small caps, value and growth has hardly changed.

As far as the quality factor is concerned, there is a differentiated picture: overall, demand for both quality in general and similar factors such as high dividend or low volatility tended sideways. Some of the products, however, registered increased interest: an ETF with a classic approach to high dividend, the Vanguard FTSE All-Wrld High Div. Yield UCITS ETF and the more recently launched Two-factor ETFs, iShares MSCI World Quality Dividend UCITS ETF and PowerShares EURO STOXX High Di Low Vol UCITS ETF.

Document downloads for Momentum ETFs as a percent of all downloads for passive funds over 2 years within European and Asian sales channels

Other Trendscout highlights

  • BlackRock US Flexible Equity becomes very popular within Belgium
  • After a long period of decline, demand for high yield has recovered in recent weeks
  • Flexibly managed fixed income funds have also seen a significant upturn in interest since early February

Categories gaining attention

  • Equity USA
  • Equity World Emerging Markets
  • Equity World

Categories losing attention

  • Bond World Aggregate
  • Equity Switzerland
  • Equity Technology

Funds gaining attention

  • AXA World Funds - Framlington Robotech
  • GAM Multibond - Local Emerging Bond
  • JPMorgan Global Macro Opportunities
  • db x-trackers MSCI Wld. In. UCITS ETF
  • Fidelity European Dynamic Growth Fund

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