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Smart Beta ETF report for IGEB
BlackRock's liability-driven investment business is urging some smaller UK pension fund clients to stop splitting assets across multiple managers, as it tries to cut the complexity and risks of a strategy that imploded last year. Asset managers worry new rules to make LDI investing more robust could render the strategy unviable for some schemes, but consultants warn BlackRock's push could repel pension clients who want to minimise concentration risk. LDI, a hedging strategy used by thousands of schemes to ensure their assets generate enough cash to meet liabilities, almost blew up the UK pension industry in September when the then-British Prime Minister Liz Truss' disastrous 'mini-budget' sent government bond yields soaring.
An environmental, social and governance-focused iShares ETF haemorraghed $3.9bn in one day at the beginning of last week, data shows. The iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF (ESGU) had $14.4bn in assets under management on March 21, the day after the sell-off. On the same day, March 20, the iShares MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL) added $4.8bn in net inflows, helping assets rise to $25bn on March 21.