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HANetf's exchange-traded products blast above US$0.5bn AUM

The platform's largest fund is The Royal Mint Physical Gold ETC, which was launched in February and has seen huge safe haven flows amid the coronavirus crisis

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HANetf, the ‘white label’ ETF issuer, has seen its assets under management surge to US$509mln from around US$300mln in the past quarter and is about to launch its ninth fund. 

The company’s platform has eight exchange-traded products (ETPs) and has increased its assets by over 600% over the last six months.

The largest fund on the platform is The Royal Mint Physical Gold ETC (LON:RMAU), which was launched in February and has seen huge ‘safe haven’ flows since the COVID-19 outbreak.

HANetf’s first ETF was the EMQQ Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce UCITS ETF (LON:0IJL), which recently topped the US$100mln threshold and its 47% 12-month return has made it one of the best emerging market focussed ETFs of the year.

Next week the platform will launch its ninth ETP in the shape of the Alerian Midstream Energy Dividend UCITS ETF, which will be listed on the London Stock Exchange in partnership with Alerian, the North American energy infrastructure indexing and research specialist. 

It will track the Alerian Midstream Energy Dividend index, which is offering a current yield of 10.36%, and aims to address a gap in mainstream US equity holdings as master limited partnerships (MLPs) are not included in broad US equity market indexes and midstream corporations only represent a small portion of major US equity indices.

Alerian is one of the handful of clients signed up HANetf since it was founded by Hector McNeil and Nik Bienkowski in 2017, a list that include six asset management companies.

On the AUM milestone, Bienkowski said: “The appetite for ETFs grows stronger every day as investors are placing higher value on products that offer great exposures with the added benefits of cost-effectiveness and liquidity. 

“This, in turn, is drawing more asset managers into the ETF space and they seek to tap into the immensely effective distribution power of ETFs.”

Bienkowski said the company is in talks with over 50 other managers about potentially entering the European ETP space and the company expects this to accelerate.

“Since launch, HANetf has demonstrated that asset managers can bring their ideas, compete and succeed in the European ETF market without the highs costs and distribution challenges that come with starting an ETF business from scratch,” he said.

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