ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$679 million during December. Total assets invested ESG ETFs and ETPs decreased by 3.20% from US$23.22 billion at the end of November, to US$22.47 billion, according to ETFGI’s December 2018 ETF and ETP ESG industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)
- Total Assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally rose 29.51% in 2018.
- ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered $679 Mn in net new assets during December.
- In 2018, ESG classified products have attracted $7.61 Bn in net new assets.
“The end of 2018 saw the trend in developed markets reverse, and although arguably predictable, the severity left many pundits scratching their heads. This end of year stress has widely been attributed to the disruption caused by trade disputes feeding into economic data, and the view policy makers are not going to be quite as accommodating as initially expected. The S&P 500 returned -9.03% during December, and down -4.38% for 2018. Developed markets ex-US fell -4.62% during December, led by Japan and Canada, bringing the yearly return to -13.21%. Relatively speaking, EM and FM fared the month better, returning -2.68% and -3.15%, finishing 2018 -13.53% and -11.82%, respectively” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and founder of ETFGI.
At the end of December 2018, there were 208 ESG classified ETFs/ETPs, with 492 listings, assets of $22.47 Bn, from 61 providers listed on 26 exchanges in 23 countries. Following net inflows of $679 Mn and market moves during the month, assets invested in ESG ETFs/ETPs listed globally decreased 3.20%, from $23.22 Bn at the end of November 2018, to $22.47 Bn.
Global ESG ETF and ETP asset growth as at end of December 2018