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  • Thematic ETFs to grow to $10 billion FUM by year's end

    May 2021

    Sydney, 17 May 2021 – Funds are pouring into thematic ETF sector on the ASX and Arian Neiron, VanEck Chief Executive and Managing Director - Asia Pacific, says the acceleration of flows will push thematic funds under management (FUM) to $10 billion by the year’s end.

    Over the six months to 30 April 2021, FUM in thematic ETFs grew by 70.8% to $4.3 billion, while FUM in sustainable ETFs jumped 62.8% to $3.52 billion. That growth easily exceeded growth in FUM of ASX-listed market capitalisation ETFs which grew by 33.4% to $66.1 billion. Growth in VanEck thematics ETFs grew by even more, at 92.8% to a FUM of $182.5 million.

    Neiron, said: “This is the next chapter for the ETF market, the growth of thematic ETFs which is underpinned by sustainable long-term trends in which momentum is building. These offer investment strategies that capitalise on enduring economic trends or themes, with technology, clean energy and healthcare favoured among investors.

    “VanEck’s Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ASX: ESPO), for example, has been our quickest growing ETF since we first launched our funds in Australia in 2014. ESPO is Australia’s first and only dedicated video gaming and esports ETF and has drawn FUM of around $100 million in just seven months. We expect FUM to grow by the year’s end given the popularity of gaming with retail investors.

    “The industry’s growth has been strong in recent years and COVID-19 lockdowns and other social restrictions have accelerated its expansion. The sector offers returns which outstrip those on technology. Based on back-testing, ESPO's index (the MVIS Global Video Gaming & eSports Index), adjusted for ESPO's management cost of 0.55% p.a., has outpaced the tech-heavy NASDAQ 100 index over the seven year period since 2014 with around double the returns.

    “Another huge structural growth theme is clean energy. The Paris climate agreement is driving demand for green, renewable energy across the globe. The transition away from scarce fossil fuels is inevitable and a significant trend offering huge investment potential. VanEck's Global Clean Energy ETF, CLNE, will allow investors to leverage that important trend in their portfolios,” Neiron said.

    ”Another sector where we are seeing significant investment opportunities is global healthcare. Even before COVID-19, health spending was rising strongly across nations given ageing demographics and emerging nations’ healthcare systems catching up to developed nations’. Investors are likely to reap the benefits of the healthcare expansion and rising investment.

    “Global healthcare expenditure accounted for around 10% of the world’s GDP, or US$11 trillion, as at 2018. With global GDP projected to grow to US$137 trillion by 2030, and healthcare expenditures projected to remain at 10% of GDP, this translates into US$14 trillion in healthcare spending per year by the end of this decade,” said Neiron.

    “With ASX-listed thematic ETFs, which are accessible, liquid and low cost, investors can position their portfolios to take advantage of these important economic and secular trends that are shaping the future.”


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    1OECD, Health at a Glance 2019