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UBS AM: Too early to conclude SFDR impact on client allocation despite many questions raised

European ETFs had a record-high quarterly inflow in Q1, during which more than half of the money went into ESG ETFs. With new regulation in place to showcase green investment products, asset managers will be able to see if the new regulation leads to large shifts in client allocations in the months to come, says UBS AM's Nordic ETF sales head.

Florian Cisana, head of UBS ETF & index fund sales, Nordics, France and Israel. | Photo: PR / UBS Asset Management

It's no secret that European investors are increasingly opting for exchange-traded funds. In fact, the European ETF market had a stellar start to 2021, bringing in EUR 48.2bn in the first quarter and setting a new quarterly record, according to figures released by Morningstar.

More than half of the flow (54 percent) moved into environmental, social and governance ETFs, even though assets in ESG ETFs only represented 10.2 percent of total assets invested in ETFs in Europe.

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