Last updated: 08:31 / Tuesday, 13 April 2021
A strategic priority for 2021

Lyxor ETF Plans to Double its ESG Assets and Become a Leader in Climate and Thematic ETFs

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  • Lyxor ETF plans to expand its ESG offering by switching several of its existing ETFs to equivalent ESG indices
  • The asset manager also plans to increase its Thematic ETF range to capture new global post-Covid trends
  • The firm also seeks to further enhance its Core range, which, since it was launched in 2017, has become a cornerstone of the firm’s product offering

In 2021, Lyxor ETF plans to accelerate its efforts to expand its range on three key ETF product pillars: ESG and Climate, Thematics and Core. In a press release, the firm explained that this will help meet "the long-term needs of the wealth management segment as ETF usage in Europe expands among individuals and to support its institutional client base".

To achieve this, the asset manager has made building assets in these three key areas a strategic priority for 2021. As such, it aims to double the ESG ETF assets it had in 2020 to 10 billion euros by the end of 2021. To achieve this, Lyxor ETF plans to expand its ESG offering by switching several of its existing ETFs to equivalent ESG indices, thereby offering a simple alternative to traditional market capitalizations to meet its clients’ needs. Lyxor also continues to implement its program of fund labelling and intends to obtain the “SRI Label” for its entire thirty ESG ETF range by the end of the year. At the end of February, its ESG ETF assets under management totaled 6.5 billion euros.

As a pioneer in passive fund management, last year it became the first ETF provider in the world to launch an extensive ecosystem of ETFs in line with the Paris Agreement and carbon neutrality by 2050. In this sense, the asset manager believes interest in climate indices appears set to grow: "We are already seeing evidence of this in the flows towards regional (notably European and US equities) and global indices from various types of institutional investors (insurers, pension funds, asset managers), in part because of increasingly stringent regulations in Europe", they said.

This year, Lyxor ETF intends to bolster its range of climate ETFs by extending it to certain fixed income segments and expanding its range of Green Bond ETFs. In total, it now manages close to 1.5 billion euros in climate-focused ETFs.

An enhanced and increased ETF range

Also, it plans to increase its Thematic ETF range to capture new global post-Covid trends. Following the success of its megatrend ETF range last year –over 700 million euros in net new assets collected in less than a year– Lyxor seeks to offer wealth managers in particular more ways to invest in the companies set to benefit from significant and lasting changes in the post-pandemic world. Having launched five Thematic ETFs in partnership with MSCI in 2020 –on Digital Economy, Disruptive Technology, Future Mobility, Smart Cities and consumer habits of Millennials– it is looking to offer investors exposure to rapid innovation in sectors such as healthcare and Clean Tech and in specific geographies.

The firm also wants to further enhance its Core range, which, since it was launched in 2017, has become a cornerstone of the firm’s product offering. In this sense, it has a raft of initiatives planned for 2021, notably within fixed income, where inflation products are key priorities with central banks and governments around the world spending freely to fuel a post pandemic recovery. "This builds on the success of the Lyxor Core ETF on US TIPS, which now totals 3.6 billion euros in AUM after a very strong 2020. Regional and single country allocations are also key areas of interest", they explained.

In support of its repositioning around these three key pillars, Lyxor also plans to adapt and streamline the rest of its range to ensure it better reflects clients’ long-term investment and savings goals.

“Having started as tactical allocation building blocks for institutional investors, ETFs have since become long-term savings instruments for a much wider range of investors including in the wealth management segment. That is only going to accelerate. Our shift in focus aims at addressing investors’ long-term concerns -aiding the transition to a low-carbon economy, capturing new themes in a post-Covid world and ensuring maximum efficiency for their investments– and as such reflects the profound change in nature of the ETF market”, stated Arnaud Llinas, Head of Lyxor ETFs and Indexing at Lyxor Asset Management.

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