The following data is derived from trading activity on the Tradeweb European-listed ETF platform….
Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb
ETF total traded volume
February proved to be another strong month for the Tradeweb European ETF marketplace, which now boasts 28 liquidity providers. Total traded volume reached €12.06 billion, while the average daily volume exceeded €600 million. Adriano Pace, managing director for equity derivatives at Tradeweb, said: “Platform metrics remained very healthy despite the shorter month, as the number of active clients and individual trades both increased by 7%.“
Pace added: “Trade automation also gained momentum last month. We saw 8% of transactions in European-listed ETFs executed via OMSX, a rules-based trading tool that enables clients to set parameters dictating how orders are directed and executed without requiring access to the Tradeweb Viewer. Thanks to OMSX, buy-side execution desks are allowed more time to concentrate on more complex, value-added business.”
Volume by ETF asset class
As a proportion of the overall traded volume, monthly activity in fixed income ETFs surpassed 40% for the third time in the platform’s history after March and September 2016. ‘Buys’ in the asset class outperformed ‘sells’ by nine percentage points, with only convertible and inflation-linked bonds bucking the trend. More than €1.78 billion in notional was executed in government bond ETFs, the most heavily-traded category in February, closely followed by European equity instruments with €1.74 billion in traded notional.
Top ten ETFs by traded volume
There were seven products offering exposure to fixed income assets among February’s most actively-traded ETFs. The PIMCO Euro Short Maturity Source UCITS ETF was ranked first, after occupying the seventh spot in January’s top ten list.
DataPoints Market Insight from Tradeweb