ETFs continue to make headway in the European market and now account for 16% of open-ended fund AUM

The Quantalys Harvest Group Survey on ETF Management[1] , in partnership with BNP Paribas Asset Management (“BNPP AM”), provides a European overview of the ETF market and highlights the main trends observed.  

In 2023, ETFs saw a significant increase, in relative terms, from 6% of all funds managed in Europe 10 years ago to nearly 16% at the end of 2023, confirming the growing interest of investors in this asset class.[2] 

In terms of inflows and performance, 2023 was a solid year with +€141bn, making it the second-best year after 2021.  

Key findings  

  • More investors are interested in ETFs, which have historically been popular with institutional clients. 2023 was one of the best years in terms of inflows, showing that investors with a variety of profiles are increasingly integrating ETFs into their portfolio allocations: private banks, family offices, financial advisors and retail investors through digital platforms. 
  • Thematic ETFs are increasingly attractive. More than just a trend, this structural change highlights a fundamental shift in asset allocation management, which is no longer limited to a breakdown by asset classes, geographies or sectors of activity but is now moving towards a cross-functional thematic approach. In 2024, climate-related thematic funds collected €3 billion, while renewable energies, which were very popular in 2021, collected €1 billion.  
  • Fixed income is at the centre of investors’ concerns and interest in this asset class continues to grow: fixed income ETFs now account for 25% of the amount of assets managed by ETFs in Europe. 2023 marks a record year in terms of inflows into this asset class. 
  • A positive inflow pace for ESG[3] ETFs. ESG ETFs assets increased by +28% over the year. Since the peak in 2021, however, the enthusiasm for ESG has slowed. However, BNPP AM continues to see a growing demand for ESG-focused ETF strategies. 
  • ETFs are an essential asset allocation component in wealth management and are used in all envelopes, including life insurance. The number of life insurance policies that contain at least one ETF has jumped by +4% in 1 year and +10% in 2 years to reach 48% in 2023. 

The 2023 trend continues in 2024 with positive inflows in the first quarter. This inflow is expected to be driven by the recent authorisation of the listing of active ETFs on the Euronext French stock exchange by the AMF. 

Lorraine Sereyjol-Garros, Global Head of ETF & Index Business Development at BNP Paribas Asset Management, said:

« This study confirms the success of ETFs, which continue to grow in the European market. At BNPP AM, we will continue to offer ETFs with a sustainable approach to meet the demand of our increasingly diverse client base. For the second year in a row, the Quantalys x BNP Paribas Asset Management ETF Observatory is analysing trends to understand the evolution of this asset class, which represents a key element of our 2025 strategic plan.«   

Pierre Miramont, Head of Fund Analysis and Model Portfolios at Quantalys Harvest Group added:

« 2023 was a year of development for the index market. This breakthrough is as much due to the wealth management industry, which has set itself up to offer accessible and innovative products, as it is to savers who are now familiar and seduced by these products. Digitalisation and increasing demands in terms of transparency of investment products, costs and performance have also favoured ETFs. It was therefore essential as an independent analysis firm for Quantalys Harvest Group to carry out a second edition of the ETF observatory in partnership with BNP Paribas Asset Management. » 


  1. ^ Exchange Traded Funds
  2. ^ According to the Quantalys Harvest Group x BNPP AM study
  3. ^ Environmental, Social and Governance Criteria / ESG assessments are based on BNPP AM’s own methodology which integrates the 3 aspects of E,S,G
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