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ETFs: Trading volumes of sustainable investment products triple

  • Monthly trading volumes of ESG ETFs on Xetra reach €2.8 billion
  • With more than 500 products, Xetra offers the largest selection of listed ESG ETFs in Europe
  • Information offering based on the Sustainable Financial Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) supports investors in their ESG investment decisions

The sustainability boom in the European ETF market continues to gain momentum: with €2.8 billion in trading turnover per month, ESG ETFs now account for more than 16 per cent of total ETF trading turnover on Xetra. In the year 2020, monthly turnover still averaged around €1 billion. ESG ETFs thus recorded growth of 176% year-on-year in the first half of 2021. This makes Xetra the leading exchange in Europe for ESG ETFs as well.

"For many investors, ESG ETFs are the way to go if they want to invest sustainably," says Stephan Kraus, responsible for the ETF & ETP segment at Deutsche Börse. "Since 2019, ESG ETFs have been achieving triple-digit growth rates. Most of the new ETFs currently offered on Xetra focus on sustainability."

ETF issuers in Europe are increasingly expanding their product range to include ESG ETFs. Currently, 25 ETF issuers offer sustainable products on Xetra, compared to fifteen at the end of 2019. Among the 208 new ETFs on Xetra in 2021, 136 are ESG ETFs. A total of 1,750 ETFs are currently available to investors on Xetra, 500 of which are ESG ETFs. 

Assets under management for ESG ETFs listed on Xetra amounted to €201 billion at the end of 2021. This corresponds to an increase of 148 per cent compared to the same period last year. The assets under management of the entire ETF segment on Xetra increased by 39 per cent in the same period. 

An evaluation of the ESG products shows that investors are not at a disadvantage compared to all ETFs in the segment in terms of ongoing charges. At 0.28 per cent, the annual costs are on average even lower than those of the overall segment at 0.30 per cent.

New SFDR regulation creates transparency

ESG ETFs are also being boosted by the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), which came into force across the EU in March 2021. "The new standards for the classification of ESG products increase transparency for investors to make an informed investment decision. It requires issuers to disclose sustainability risks and provide detailed information on sustainability characteristics," explains Kraus. "We expect the demand for ESG ETFs to continue to grow in the coming years, both among institutional and private investors. Therefore, as the European market leader, we want to offer easy access to our continuously growing range of sustainable ETFs." 

For this purpose, Deutsche Börse has compiled all SFDR-compliant ESG ETFs at https://www.boerse-frankfurt.de/sustainabilities/etfs with further product information and current trading data. Sustainability-oriented investors can thus identify all the ETFs relevant to them at a glance and use them as a basis for their investment decisions. Based on the respective SFDR classification, investors can also see whether the ETF is a product that promotes environmental and social characteristics (Article 8) or one that targets sustainable investments (Article 9). 

ESG ETF tied for trading volume

With an average daily turnover of €35 million last year, the iShares Global Clean Energy UCITS ETF (IE00B1XNHC34) was the first ESG ETF among the top 3 of all ETFs traded on Xetra. In the first quarter, the product was even the most traded ETF - ahead of the traditional blue-chip ETFs. 

Top 10 ESG-ETFs at Xetra 2021

ISIN

Trading Volume
in million Euro

iShares Global Clean Energy UCITS ETF USD (Dist)

IE00B1XNHC34

9.013

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI World Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (USD) A-dis

LU0629459743

2.646

iShares MSCI World SRI UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)

IE00BYX2JD69

2.405

iShares Automation & Robotics UCITS ETF USD (Acc)

IE00BYZK4552

2.066

iShares MSCI USA SRI UCITS ETF USD (Acc)

IE00BYVJRR92

2.001

iShares MSCI EM SRI UCITS ETF USD (Acc)

IE00BYVJRP78

1.350

Xtrackers MSCI AC World ESG Screened UCITS ETF 1C

IE00BGHQ0G80

1.304

iShares Healthcare Innovation UCITS ETF USD (Acc)

IE00BYZK4776

1.258

iShares MSCI Europe SRI UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)

IE00B52VJ196

1.180

iShares EUR Corp Bond 0-3yr ESG UCITS ETF

IE00BYZTVV78

1.153

With an average monthly trading volume of currently €17 billion, Xetra is the European market leader in on-exchange ETF trading.

(as of January 2022)

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