There is no doubt that this has been the year of Fixed Income so far. Record inflows ytd, BlackRock calling this a “once in a generation” opportunity in the fixed income space”. But, what about those boutique ETF managers who only focus on say Thematic products or equity exposure to a particular market?
Very interesting to see Blackrock launch an Active Fixed Income ETF for star portfolio manager Rick Rieder.
This was no doubt a response to the run-away success that JP Morgan has had with the JPMorgan Equity Premium Income Active ETF (now at $25.9bn AUM) managed by one of their star portfolio managers, Hamilton Reiner. The active manager battle within ETF is now well and truly on.
A new report predicts a wave of ETF adoption from the next generation of European investors. According to the Blackrock’s report, ETF investors are getting younger, as 18–34-year-olds replace 35+ age group as dominant cohort. The number of European ETF investors projected to grow by 32% in the next 12 months. Iberia is expected to grow the most and Germany could deliver 2 million new ETF investors.