LSE data highlight continued growing popularity of ETFs

Aug 14th, 2015 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

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The London Stock Exchange has released their latest monthly report outlining trading and listings activity in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products. The report yet again highlights the continued growth in the industry and the LSE’s status as one of the leading centres for ETFs.

LSE data highlight continued growing popularity of ETFs

LSE data highlight continued growing popularity of ETFs

According to the report, total on-exchange value traded for all ETFs and ETPs combined in July was £20.9bn, made up of £18.9bn for ETFs and £2bn for ETCs and ETNs. This represents an increase of 36% on the value of ETFs traded during July last year and a 74% rise for ETCs and ETNs.

Seventeen new ETFs and four ETPs were launched on the exchange during the month, bringing the total number of ETFs to 818 and ETPs, made up of ETNs and ETCs, to 379. The 818 ETFs are available as 1,242 lines through multi-currency offerings.

Lida Eslami, Listed Products Manager, London Stock Exchange, said: “This month’s activity is testament to London’s continuing status as the leading European destination for ETF issuers and investors. We are delighted so far this year to have welcomed 122 new exchange-traded products to our market, already surpassing the total number of listings for the whole of last year.”

She added: “On-exchange value traded for 2015 is £152.7 billion, an increase of 64% compared to the same period last year, highlighting London’s ongoing ability to offer the widest diversity of products and investor access to global markets. With a strong pipeline of product launches and continuing positive issuer sentiment, we feel confident in our ability to build on these already impressive numbers.”

The LSE continues to lead in Europe, claiming 32.2% of on-exchange ETF value traded market share. Just behind the LSE is Deutsche Borse with 27.6% market share, followed by Euronext Paris (15.0%), Borsa Italiana (10.2%), SIX Swiss Exchange (8.0%) and Euronext Amsterdam (3.8%).

Looking closer at issuers reveals that trading activity was once again concentrated in ETFs from iShares, who continue to command a huge market share. iShares is a division of asset management giant BlackRock. Its ETFs traded more than £12.2bn in July, compared to £1.4bn for DB x-trackers and £1.2bn for Vanguard. Within the ETP segment, ETF Securities recorded almost £1.7bn turnover, followed by Source (£161m) and Boost (£92m).

On an individual fund basis, two of the top three ETFs traded on the LSE in July were sponsored by iShares – the iShares Euro High Yield Corporate Bond UCITS ETF (IHYG), which traded a total of £994m, and the iShares FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (ISF), which traded £928m. In third spot was the very low-cost Vanguard S&P 500 UCITS ETF (VUSD), which traded a total of £524m.

iShares currently offers the widest selection of ETFs on the UK exchange with 190 funds, followed by DB x-trackers (162 funds) and Lyxor (107 funds). In terms of ETPs, ETF Securities provides the lion’s share with 214 offerings, followed by UBS (66) and Boost (43).

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