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ETF interest rises among managers in Europe, but still a hard sell

European investors are upping their use of exchange-traded funds, ETF providers say, as liquidity concerns, the need to be nimble in uncertain markets and regulatory demands on the derivatives market begin to take hold.

Sources suggest uptake is being driven by two segments of the institutional market in particular: money management firms in general, and, more specifically, in outsourced chief investment officer strategies. The vehicles have struggled to gain a foothold among Europe's institutional investors, and executives at consultants and pension funds say while they have seen pockets of increased use; a wholesale shift has not yet been witnessed.

As of the end of February, European ETF assets under management totalled $584 billion (£465 billion), an increase of 7.7% from the end of 2016 and 19.7% compared with the end of 2015, according to research and consultancy firm ETFGI. The firm found 881 institutions in Europe reported owning at least one ETF or exchange-traded product in 2015.

As of the end of February, European ETF assets under management totalled $584 billion (£465 billion), an increase of 7.7% from the end of 2016 and 19.7% compared with the end of 2015, according to research and consultancy firm ETFGI. The firm found 881 institutions in Europe reported owning at least one ETF or exchange-traded product in 2015, up from 875 a year previous.