Thematic ETF of the Year for Europe – 2016: iShares Automation & Robotics UCITS (LSE: RBTX)
Robotics are back with a second prize for the night, as this category focused on products that could capture important macro plays that lead to specific portfolio outcomes.
iShares crashed into the market to offer European investors another choice to cash in on the rising usage of robotics, and knocking its main competitor—the ETF Securities Global Robotics and Automation GO UCITS ETF (LSE: ROBO)—out of the park in terms of fees, at just 0.40%, half that of ROBO.
There are now four ETFs in Europe that focus on the robotics and automation sector, as BlackRock and ETF Securities have two products each.
RBTX is up 25.4% in GBP terms since launch last September.
- iShares Ageing Population UCITS ETF
- iShares Digitalisation UCITS ETF
- Lyxor US$ 10Y Inflation Breakeven UCITS Cap USD ETF
ETF Provider of the Year for Europe – 2016: iShares by BlackRock
Providers across the continent have made impressive advances in the ETF industry last year, but the judging panel was looking for the single issuer that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through product introductions, product performance, fund management, asset gathering, investor support and innovation in 2016.
“iShares is a dominant force in ETFs, with approximately $1 trillion in assets from over 700 ETPs,” wrote one nomination.
In 2016, it struck ahead of competitors by launching several innovative products linked to single factors, multiple factors, SRI strategies and thematic approaches.
It remains the heavyweight of the industry and is No. 1 in terms of assets under management: It claims 47.6% of European ETF market share, but it certainly has not become complacent in its success.
- Amundi ETF
- Deutsche Asset Management
- Lyxor ETF
Best New ETF Issuer in Europe – 2016: Fullgoal Asset Management
Fullgoal Asset Management took the prize for the issuer that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through products, performance, support and innovation.
Sensing an opportunity, Hong Kong-based Fullgoal is the first Chinese issuer to launch in Europe without the support of a local partner. The firm brought a novel Chinese fixed-income ETF to market, and is looking to become a significant player in the continent. The new product, launched on 21 June in London, tracks the FTSE China Onshore Sovereign and Policy Bank Bond 1-10 Year Index, allowing investors to tap into the increasing internationalisation of the Chinese yuan.
- Fullgoal Asset Management