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Global thematic ETFs and ETPs inflows slowed in 2021

ETF inflowsGlobal thematic ETFs and ETPs saw net inflows of $80.5 billion last year, down almost 25% on the $106.1 billion recorded in 2020, according to ETFGI.

According to the data provider’s December 2021 ETF and Thematic industry landscape insights report, total assets in thematic ETFs and ETPs fell from $441 billion at the end of November to $437 billion.

By assets size, iShares is the largest thematic provider with 21.1% market share, SPDR ETFs is second with 16.4% market share, followed by Mirae Asset Global ETFs (includes the Mirae, Global V and Horizon ETFs brands) with 7.8% market share.

Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI said: “The S&P 500 increased 4.48% in December and was up 28.71% in 2021. “Developed markets excluding the US, experienced a gain of 4.89% in December and was up 11.38% in 2021. Luxembourg (Up 12.65%) and Ireland (Up 9.68%) experienced the largest gains among the developed markets in December.”

She added: “Mexico (up 12.80%) and Czech Republic (up 12.55%) gained the most among emerging markets in December, whilst Chile (down 5.26%) and China (down 2.73%) witnessed the largest declines.”

At the end of 2021 there were 2,169 thematic ETFs/ETPs listed globally, with assets of $437 billion, from 236 providers listed on 51 exchanges in 40 countries.

During December, 66 thematic ETFs/ETPs were launched. The top 20 ETFs/ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered $4.2 billion during December. Mirae Asset TIGER China Electric Vehicle Solactive ETF (371460 KS) gathered $477 million, the largest individual net inflow.

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