Franklin Templeton has registered 14 ETFs from its Franklin LibertyShares range in the Nordic region, as it continues to build its distribution across the Europe region.
Previously, the LibertyShares platform was available in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.
Caroline Baron, head of ETF Sales EMEA, Franklin Templeton, said: "We are delighted to register our 14 Ucits ETFs in Denmark, Finland and Sweden. We see this as a natural step in the expansion of our European ETF platform."
Earlier this year, FT confirmed the hire of Marcus Weyerer as senior ETF sales specialist, reporting to Baron, and focused on sales in German speaking markets (https://www.investmenteurope.net/news/4000580/franklin-templeton-names-etf-specialist-support-libertyshares-expansion)
The 14 funds now available to Nordic investors include:
Passive Ucits - Emerging markets focus
Franklin FTSE Brazil
Franklin FTSE China
Franklin FTSE Korea
Franklin FTSE India
Active Ucits - Green bonds
The Franklin Liberty Euro Green Bond
Active Ucits - Fixed income
Franklin Liberty Euro Short Maturity
Franklin Liberty USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond
Smart Beta Multi-factor Ucits
- Franklin LibertyQ Emerging Markets
- Franklin LibertyQ Global Equity SRI
- Franklin LibertyQ U.S. Equity
- Franklin LibertyQ European Equity
- Franklin LibertyQ AC Asia ex Japan
Fixed income Ucits - Income focused
- Franklin LibertyQ Global Dividend
- Franklin LibertyQ European Dividend
Baron continued: "These investors are experienced and knowledgeable about ETFs, especially on the institutional side in the smart beta category. Assets in the European ETF market have been growing at an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22% and smart beta assets grew at a CAGR of 39%, reflecting how much the ETF market is evolving. We continue to see considerable interest from our clients in passive and smart beta strategies that can be used as a component of a diversified portfolio to complement our traditional active fund management capabilities. Each of these strategies can offer unique benefits and play a specific role in a portfolio."
Mats Eltoft, head of Distribution Nordics for Franklin Templeton, added: "We are excited about the registration of the full Franklin LibertyQ Ucits ETF range and aim to provide investors in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden with the flexibility to construct diversified portfolios across active, smart beta and passive strategies. We believe these strategies co-exist well, each fulfilling a different role within an overall diversified portfolio."
"While our focus continues to be on traditional active management, we recognise the growing demand for other investment solutions and vehicles, coming from various client types. This full suite of ETFs provides access to beta solutions at a low cost for Danish, Finnish and Swedish investors."