Assets Under Management AUM

Thematic, climate and ESG ETFs drive expansion of ICE’s Asian index business

HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading global provider of market data, technology and infrastructure, today announced strong 2021 growth in assets under management (AUM) for themes, climate and environment, social and governance (ESG) ETFs listed on Asian stock exchanges using ICE indices as benchmarks. This growth was driven by a record number of issuers selecting ICE indices for new ETFs in growing Asian markets, including Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Since 2018, assets under management of ETFs listed on Asian exchanges that track ICE indices have nearly quadrupled, totaling $17.1 billion at the end of 2021. Much of this growth comes from the launch of 11 new thematic, climate and ESG in 2021, which quickly accumulated to $1.72 billion in assets under management by the end of the year. Thematic indices and the ETFs that track them connect disruptive macro-level trends with underlying instruments, such as sustainable energy, electric vehicles (EV) or the semiconductor industry. Climate and ESG indices and the ETFs that track them support the growing demand from asset owners for investment strategies that reflect decarbonization and broader ESG goals.

“While assets under management benchmarked on our traditional fixed income and equity indices continue to grow, thematic, climate and ESG ETFs have become an important driver for our indexing business in Asia,” said Magnus Cattan, Head of ICE Fixed Income and Data Services, Asia Pacific. “Investments in ETFs representing the electric vehicle and semiconductor sectors have played a major role in our growth, and the launch of two new ETFs at the end of the year that are benchmarked to futures market indices ICE’s Global Carbon Markets has been an important development in expanding investors’ access to environmental markets”.

“We continue to leverage and draw inspiration from our core index business to launch exciting products that achieve our goal of connecting clients and investors to opportunity,” said Amanda Hindlian, President of Income Securities Services. landline and data at ICE. “Our thematic indices offer targeted benchmarks that can bring more diversity to portfolios and, in many cases, investment returns that outperform traditional markets.”

Below is a list of thematic, climate and ESG ETFs and associated indices that were launched in Asia in 2021:


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Mirae Asset NYSE FANG+ ETF



KODEX Europe Carbon Allowance Futures ICE ETF(H)

ICE EUA Carbon Futures Index


ETF NH-Amundi HANARO Global Carbon Futures

ICE Global Carbon Futures Index


Cathay Global Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF

ICE FactSet Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Global Index


CTBC Taiwan ESG Leading Semiconductor ETF

ICE FactSet Taiwan ESG Leading Semiconductor Index


Fubon ICE FactSet Taiwan Core Semiconductor ETF

ICE FactSet Taiwan Core Semiconductor Index


ETF Fubon Genomics and Immune Biopha

NYSE FactSet Global Genomics and Immuno Biopharma Index


SinoPac US Tech Breakthrough ETF

NYSE FactSet US Tech Breakthrough Index


CTBC 15+ Year Developed Markets US Corporate Best ESG Bond ETF

ICE 15+ Year Ultra Large Cap Developed Markets US Corporate Best-in-Class ESG Index


CTBC 15+ Year Large Cap USD Emerging Markets External Sovereign Carbon Reduction ETF

ICE15+ Year Large Cap USD Emerging Markets External Sovereign Carbon Reduction Index


KKP Semiconductor Fund – Hedged

ICE Semiconductor Index

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