Number of ETFs listed on Borsa Italiana exceeds 300

In 2008 Borsa Italiana held the first place among European exchanges for electronic trading in ETFs

Feb 26 2009 - 12:30

Borsa Italiana reached a new milestone this month as the number of ETFs on the market exceeded 300 for the first time. The listing of seven new Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) on Monday 16 February took the number of ETFs on Borsa Italiana’s  ETFplus market to over 300, in addition to 47 Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs).

According to the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), in 2008 Borsa Italiana held first place among European exchanges for electronic trading in ETFs, followed by Euronext and Deutsche Borse.

Borsa Italiana first launched trading in ETFs in September 2002. At the end of 2003, the total ETF assets under management amounted to €530 million. By the end of 2006 this figure had grown to €7.5 billion, and by the end of 2007 total ETF assets under management had reached €10 billion. Despite the market conditions of 2008, by the  end of last year that value continued to increase, reaching €10.4 billion.

Trading activity on ETFplus has grown strongly since its launch; increasing from 54,000 trades in 2003 to 1,416,079 in 2008. The total value traded increased from €1.5 billion in 2003 to €48 billion in 2008.

At the end of 2003 the average daily value traded was €5.8 billion and the average daily number of trades was 215. By January 2009, the average daily value traded had reached €158 million and the average daily number of trades reached 6,560.

The most heavily traded ETF in terms of value traded during the period 1 January – 20 February 2009 was the LYXOR ETF EURO CASH which has attracted a turnover of €632 million. The most frequently traded ETF during the same period was the SGAM ETF XBEAR S&P/MIB, followed by LYXOR ETF S&P/MIB, SGAM ETF LEVERAGED S&P/MIB, LYXOR ETF LEVDAX and DB X-TRACKERS DJ EURO STOXX 50 SHORT ETF.

The ETF market in Italy is characterised by strong levels of participation by retail investors. The average size of ETF trades on Borsa Italiana in 2008 was €33,968 compared with €103,824 on Deutsche Borse and €78,695 on Euronext (Source: FESE).

Pietro Poletto, director of Borsa Italiana’s ETFplus market, said: “Thanks to their unique advantages, ETFs are attracting more and more interest from both institutional and retail investors seeking efficient exposure to a range of asset classes. Reaching 300 listed ETFs represents a milestone for the market and demonstrates the leading role being played by Borsa Italiana in the development of the ETF market on an international level”.

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