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Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached new record $2.998tln

Friday, May 08, 2015
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record $2.998tln but fell short of breaking through the $3tln milestone at the end of April according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for April 2015. Our forecast was that assets will break through 3 trillion by the middle of 2015.

Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of April for ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States at US$2.132 trillion, Europe at US$511 billion, Asia Pacific ex-Japan at US$125 billion, Japan at US$112 billion and Canada at US$69.9 billion.

The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,719 ETFs/ETPs, with 11,077 listings, from 250 providers listed on 63 exchanges in 51 countries.

In April 2015, ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of US$10.6 Bn. Through the end of April record levels of net new assets (NNA) have been reached by ETFs/ETPs listed globally, gathering US$108.8 billion – a significant increase on the US$71.7 billion in in the first four months of 2014. Products listed in the United States gathered US$72.1 billion which is more than double the US$34.9 billion gathered over the same period in 2014, while ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered US$38.4 billion, which is significantly higher than the US$20.4 billion gathered during the same period in 2014.

“Market performance outside the United States contributed to the overall increase in assets invested in ETFs/ETPs. Developed and emerging markets had a very good month, gaining 5% and 8%, respectively while in the United States the S&P 500 and Dow were up less than 1%”, according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.

In April 2015, ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of US$10.6 Bn. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$9.8 Bn, followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with US$1.8 Bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of US$1.1 Bn.

YTD through end of April 2015, ETFs/ETPs have seen record net inflows of US$108.8 Bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows YTD with US$53.2 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with a record level of US$41.2 Bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$5.6 Bn in net inflows YTD.

Vanguard gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in April with US$8.1 Bn, followed by DB/x-trackers with US$5.9 Bn and WisdomTree with US$4.1 Bn net inflows.

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