Assets invested in global ETFs and ETPs reach new high

Aug 13, 2018
Growth sees assets reach $5.12 tn

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded products (ETPs) listed globally reached a new high of $5.12 tn, following net  inflows of $41.13 bn in July, according to London-based research and consultancy firm ETFGI.

This marks the largest monthly net inflows since January when the global ETF/ETP industry experienced net inflows of $105.73 bn, according to ETFGI's July 2018 Global ETF and ETP industry landscape insights report.

At the end of July 2018, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 7,487 ETFs/ETPs, with 14,427 listing and assets of $5.12 tn, from 375 providers listed on 70 exchanges in 57 countries.

Due to net inflows and market moves, the assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally increased by 2.69 percent, from $4.99 tn in June 2018 to $5.12 tn.

Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of $27.37 bn in July – bringing net inflows for 2018 to $177.31 bn – less than the $272.21 bn in net inflows at this point last year. 

Fixed income ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of $12.98 bn in July, growing net inflows for 2018 to $59.40 bn, which is less than the $96.15 bn in net inflows at this point last year.  

Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and a founder of ETFGI, comments in a statement: ‘Investors favored equities over fixed income and commodities as equity markets have performed positively in July. The S&P 500 gained 3.72 percent, international markets ex US were up 1.93 percent and emerging markets up 2.81 percent. Investors are still concerned about the impact of trade wars and Brexit.’

July marked the 54th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally. Year-to-date in 2018 there have been net inflows of $264 bn, which is less than the $391.23 bn in net inflows at this point last year.

The majority of net inflows in July can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $25.86 bn during 2018. 

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust gathered $6.54 bn – the largest fund inflow in July. 

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