After BlackRock announced its intent to purchase the Credit Suisse line of exchange traded funds, Credit Suisse ETF investors have begun jumping ship.
After the acquisition announcement in January, Credit Suisse ETFs saw $655 million in outflows over January and February, according to consultancy firm ETFGI data, the largest withdrawals from any European ETF sponsor, reports Madison Marriage for Financial Times. Credit Suisse Asset management has $17.6 billion in ETF assets. [BlackRock to Acquire Credit Suisse ETF Business: Report]
“[The outflows] are really down to the fact that [Credit Suisse] announced it is selling the business,” Deborah Fuhr, managing director at ETFGI, said in the article. “Based on the uncertainty of what will happen, people decided not to put more assets in. It is not surprising that they would redeem from these products.”
BlackRock planned to acquire Credit Suisse ETFs as a way to expand into the Swiss markets.
“The transaction will significantly extend BlackRock’s footprint in Switzerland, which is home to one of the deepest investor bases in Europe,” Joe Linhares, head of iShares for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, said.
Nizam Hamid, an independent ETF consultant, suggests that the outflows could be the Swiss investors’ response as a way to diversity through providers. [Is the European ETF Industry Too Concentrated?]
“As people expect the deal to complete, they might be looking at total exposure in terms of issuer risk to iShares and Credit Suisse on a combined basis,” Hamid said in the article. “People who are Swiss-domiciled may be taking the stance that they need to diversify out a bit and look to other providers.”
Fuhr also adds that investors could be moving assets around “to maintain a level of diversity and not have all of their assets with one provider.”
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Max Chen contributed to this article.
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