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ETF Wrap: Retail rollout accelerates

A stream of neobroker partnerships, election impact and green real estate ETFs all made headlines this week

Lauren Gibbons

ETF Wrap

This week saw a stream of partnerships announced from neobrokers across Europe, with Scalable Capital leading the charge by announcing it is set to offer over 300 Amundi ETFs on its platform.

The partnership comes as issuers continue to partner with digital wealth platforms in a bid to capture the burgeoning retail market in Europe.

Following suit was WisdomTree, which struck a deal with digital wealth manager Moneyfarm to offer its thematic and commodity exchange-traded products (ETPs) on its Italian brokerage platform, Conto Titoli.

Finally, Franklin Templeton extended its reach in the German retail market by partnering with Trade Republic and justTRADE, offering its entire ETF range on both neobroker’s German and Austrian platforms.

ETFs hit by elections

With over half the world’s population voting this year ETFs continue to be impacted by upcoming elections.

French sovereign bond ETFs were boosted over the last month, with the $1.5bn iShares France Govt Bond UCITS ETF (IFRB) recording $880m inflows and the Xtrackers II Germany Government Bond UCITS ETF (XBTR) posting outflows of $304m.

This dispersion in flows came as yield spreads between French and German sovereign bonds were at a 12-year high ahead of the first round of voting.

US Treasury ETFs were hit by treasury yields spiking late last week, with the iShares $ 20+yr Treasury Bond UCITS ETF (IDLT) dropping more than 3% on fears a Trump Presidency could be inflationary.

Green real estate makes the headlines

BlackRock extended its range of sustainable ETFs with the launch of a global real estate ETF with an environmental tilt.

The BlackRock Global Real Estate Environment Tilt UCITS ETF (GRET) is listed on Euronext Amsterdam with a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.18%.

GRET joins BNP Paribas Asset Management’s ESG real estate ETF as the second on the European market, which underwent an index switch to include UK equities, with the changes coming into effect on 23 September.

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