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  • Apr 13, 2018 | Data Points

    Tradeweb European Exchange-Traded Funds Update - March 2018

    The following data is derived from trading activity on the Tradeweb European-listed ETF platform.

    ETF total traded volume
    The Tradeweb European-listed ETF marketplace maintained momentum in March amid market concerns over global trade disputes, technology stock pressures, and the wind-down of accommodative monetary policies. Monthly activity reached €18.43 billion, the platform’s third best performance since its launch in October 2012. The share of European ETF transactions processed via Tradeweb’s Automated Intelligent Execution tool (AiEX) increased to 37.2%.

    Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb, said: “March was another strong month for European ETF trading on Tradeweb, and marked the end of a record-breaking quarter. Notional volume in the first three months of 2018 was just shy of €62.3 billion, up 38% year on year.”

    ETF volume breakdown
    Equity-based ETFs saw net selling for the second consecutive month. Activity in the asset class accounted for 64% of the total platform flow, beating the previous 12-month rolling average by two percentage points. In contrast, commodity ETFs saw their overall traded volume drop to 3%, with ‘buys’ surpassing ‘sells’ by 12 percentage points.

    Nearly €7 billion was executed in European and North American equity products, while Government Bonds proved to be the most heavily-traded fixed income ETF sector.
    Tradeweb European ETF Update - March 2018 - Charts
    Top ten ETFs by traded volume
    Four of the top ten ETFs by traded volume in March offer exposure to fixed income assets. However, the global equity-focused Xtrackers MSCI World Swap UCITS ETF was ranked first for the second month in a row. The fund was also the most active ETF in the first quarter of 2018.
    Tradeweb European ETF Update - March 2018 - Table
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