Mutli-Asset ETFs Eye U.K. Market

Multi-asset exchange traded funds have proven popular with investors in the U.S. due in part to a combination of robust yields and exposure to several income-generating asset classes under one umbrella.

ETF sponsors are now looking to test the appetite for multi-asset funds in the U.K. market. Nick Brooks, head of research and investment strategy at ETF Securities, told Nick Reeve of the Financial Times that multi-asset ETFs could debut in the U.K. as soon as March.

The FT reports that just one multi-asset ETF, the db x-trackers SCM Multi-Asset Ucits ETF, currently trades in London. That product is actively managed, but ETF Securities is reportedly eying a passively managed multi-asset ETF.

It appears other providers think the idea of U.K.-listed multi-asset ETFs is sound, but that does not mean they will rush to bring new product to market.

Most multi-asset ETFs that trade in the U.S. feature exposure to some combination of common stocks, master limited partnerships (MLPs), closed end funds, real estate investment trusts (REITS), preferred stocks, high-yield bonds and other asset classes. [Multi-Asset ETFs Get Some Interest Rate Relief]