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TrackInsight, the world’s first global Exchange-Traded Funds analysis platform, has reported record highs across European-domiciled, North American-domiciled and ESG ETFs, as of the end of November 2020.

ETFs domiciled in Europe reached a record high of $1.193 trillion in AUM, up from $1.084 trillion at the end of October. European-domiciled ETFs have grown by a total of $167 billion this year.

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Across the Atlantic, ETFs domiciled in North America also hit a new high of $5.408 trillion in AUM, up from $4.864 trillion the previous month. North American-domiciled ETFs have added an impressive $845 billion YTD.

While ETFs have been a high-growth and resilient industry throughout the challenges of 2020, one area has stood out for the exceptional speed and scale of adoption – ESG ETFs. Investment into ESG ETFs has surged, along with the number of listed funds. Starting 2020 with global AUM of $56.6 billion, ESG ETFs have added $91 billion of new assets this year, nearly tripling global AUM to a record high of $148 billion.

TrackInsight has monitored more than 167 new ESG ETF launches in 2020 as issuers scramble to compete for huge asset flows, bringing the total listings to more than 520 ESG ETFs globally.

ETFs are “one of investors’ favoured ways to invest sustainability”

Anaelle Ubaldino, Head of ETF Research & Investment Advisory at TrackInsight said:

“The whole asset management industry has faced an acid test in 2020 and ETFs have passed with flying colours. The tremendous growth we witness month after month demonstrates how ETFs have successfully convinced investors of the benefits of a liquid, low-cost and transparent product – and of their reliability during more volatile markets. Additionally, it’s clear that ETFs have been one of investors’ favoured ways to invest sustainably so far. They have gotten the lion’s share of the huge growth recorded in the ESG sector this year. The competition for these new assets is heating up and the fast pace of ESG ETFs launches is likely to continue for some time.”

TrackInsight operates a unique global platform dedicated to ETF search, analysis and selection aimed at professional investors. With over 120,000 unique users and 9,000 qualified professional investors using the platform for their day-to-day ETF screening, TrackInsight is recognised as the leading source of independent and reliable information on over 6,300 Exchange Traded Funds listed globally.


Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand or consult a professional advisor.

Graeme Andrew

Graeme Coles-Andrew

Graeme is Head of Technology at the Armchair Trader. He has worked in online financial investment publishing since 2000 as a website developer, advertising operations manager, data scientist and all-round go-to guy for online technical solutions.

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