Deutsche Bank makes switch to physical ETFs as investors shun synthetics

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Making the switch

Deutsche Bank is launching its first range of physically backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as investors in Europe continue to show a preference for ETFs backed by real assets over those backed by derivatives.

At the end of October, of the 1,326 ETFs in Europe, 38.7% used physical replication while 60.8% were synthetically replicated, according to Deborah Fuhr, partner at ETFGI, an ETF research company based in London. In terms of assets, of the $313 billion in total ETF assets, $197 billion (6

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