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Global ETFs/ETPs assets reach new record high of $47 billion at the end of February 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, has reported assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high of US$47.49 billion at the end of February passing the prior record of US$46 billion set at the end of January 2017, according to data from ETFGI's February 2017 global active ETF and ETP industry insights report.

Record levels of assets under management were reached at the end of February 2017 for active ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$47.49 billion, in the United States at US$32.14 billion, in Europe at US$6.53 billion, in Canada at US$6.53 billion and in Asia Pacific ex Japan at US$2.18 billion.

At the end of February 2017, the global active ETF industry had 317 ETFs, with 412 listings, assets of US$47 Bn, from 60 providers listed on 16 exchanges in 12 countries.

"Investors favour equities over commodities and fixed income during January as equity markets had a good start to 2017. Developed markets outside the US and emerging markets showed strong performance in January up 3.2% and 5.1% respectively while the S&P 500 index was up 1.9% and the DJIA index was up 0.6% in January," according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI.

"The US equity market performed strongly in February with the S&P 500 up 3.97% and the DJIA was up 5.17%. International equity markets continued to perform well in February with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S. BMI up 1.42% while the S&P Emerging BMI was up 3.46%. There are significant upcoming political and economic events that investors will be watching in Europe in the next two months: the first round of the French election, a Dutch general election, the beginning of the U.K.'s "Brexit" negotiations and, officials from the EU and the IMF are once again locked in negotiations over the Greek bailout," according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI.

In February 2017, active ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of US$1.85 Bn and US$3.33 Bn YTD. YTD, Active ETF/ETP assets have increased by 9.3% from US$43,461 Mn to US$47,492 Mn.

First Trust gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in February with US$431 Mn, followed by Lyxor AM with US$297 Mn and PIMCO with US$262 Mn net inflows.

YTD, First Trust gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with US$825 Mn, followed by SPDR ETFs with US$404 Mn and Lyxor AM with US$376 Mn net inflows.

68% of the assets in active ETFs/ETPs are in the 172 active products that are domiciled and listed in the United States followed by Europe which has 14% of the assets in 107 products. 72% of the assets in active ETFs/ETPs are in the 105 active fixed income products followed by active equity products with 18% of the assets in 155 products.

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