Global ESG ETFs Attracted Record Inflows Over H1 2021 | ETF Trends

Globally listed environmental, social, and governance exchange traded funds have enjoyed record inflows over the first half of the year.

According to ETFGI data, global ESG-related ETFs attracted $293 billion, and related exchange traded products brought in $83 billion.

ESG ETFs brought in net inflows of $9.09 billion over June, bringing year-to-date net inflows to a record $83.04 billion for the first six months of 2021, compared to the $29.49 billion gathered over the same period last year. The June inflows also marked the 64th consecutive month of net inflows.

ESG ETFs and ETPs assets under management rose by 4.6% to $293 billion from $280 billion at the end of May 2021, according to ETFGI’s June 2021 ETF and ETP ESG industry landscape insights report.

The record $83.04 billion net inflows for H1 2021 was just $5.91 billion below the full year 2020 record net inflows of $88.95 billion.

ETFGI also noted that substantial inflows could be attributed to the top 20 ETFs and ETPs by net new assets, which altogether brought in $4.90 billion over June.

Global ESG ETFs and ETPs made up 644 ETFs and ETPs across 1,899 listings, with total assets of $293 billion from 145 providers on 37 exchanges over 30 countries. After net inflows of $9.09 billion and market moves for the month of June, assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally rose by 4.6% to $293 billion at the end of June 2021 from $280 billion at the end of May 2021.

Meanwhile, equity ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe also accumulated a record $59.61 billion in net inflows over the first half of 2021.

“The S&P 500 gained 2.33% in June and are up 15.25% in the first half of 2021. Developed markets ex-U.S. lost 0.82% in June but are up 9.96% in the first half. Emerging markets are up 0.47% in June and are up 9.03% in the first half,” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder, and owner of ETFGI.

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