Net new assets in the European ETF market slowed in March to €5.2bn from the €13.7bn we saw in February.
Net new assets in the European ETF market slowed in March to €5.2bn from the €13.7bn we saw in February. Equity inflows collapsed (-€1.7bn) after strong outflows from developed market equities (-€2.1bn) and lesser inflows into emerging markets equities (€0.4bn).
At the same time, fixed income ETFs enjoyed massive inflows (€5.8bn) for a fourth consecutive month, driven by developed market corporate bonds and emerging market government bonds. Commodity ETF flows, which had turned ever so slightly positive last month, resumed their negative trend.
It was another positive month for Smart Beta ETFs, with €1.1bn of inflows, mostly on the quality factor. Lastly, ESG flows (€406m) were far lower than in February (€1.1bn) but are still positive on every one of the ESG categories.
After a hiatus last year, the hunt for yield is firmly back on track in both the equity and bond markets, fueled by more dovish central banks and declining interest rates.