Investors beef up passive bond exposure as ETF development soars

The supply of European ETFs targeting market niches in the fixed income space is currently on the rise, making inflow exceed its equity counterparts in the first quarter.  The fixed income ETFs are, however, still far behind equities in terms of AuM and number of products.

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Investors allocated roughly USD 3bn more into European-domiciled fixed income ETFs in this year's first three months than in all of 2018, according the US-based asset management firm Invesco. There are several reasons for this strong start for bond trackers, according to Paul Syms, head of EMEA ETF fixed income product management:

"Initially, European fixed income ETFs were focused in core beta products, but now we are seeing more specialist products emerge for investors to use as precision tools. In addition, investors have become more comfortable with the usage of ETFs," he tells AMWatch.

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