ETF industry celebrates $5 trillion AUM milestone

Feb 9th, 2018 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

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Assets invested in ETFs and ETPs broke through the $5 trillion milestone during January, finishing the month at $5.15tn, according to analysis from London-based ETF industry consultants ETFGI.

ETF industry celebrates $5 trillion AUM milestone

ETFs listed globally saw record net inflows of $106bn during January 2018.

AUM in ETFs/ETPs (hereafter ETFs) listed globally increased by a record 6.5%, or $313 billion, during the month. This increase consisted of record net inflows of $106bn, smashing the prior record of $68.3bn set in February 2017, as well as $207bn of asset growth due to upwards-trending markets.

Equity ETFs gathered net inflows of $87.7bn in January, while fixed income ETFs attracted net inflows of $11.6bn.

The majority (59.0%) of the record net inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $62.6bn in January 2018. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY US) on its own accounted for net inflows of $19.8bn, reflecting a broader trend of investors favouring core, market cap and lower cost ETFs during the month.

Top 20 ETFs by net new assets

Source: ETFGI.

January 2018 also marked four straight years of consecutive monthly net inflows into the global ETF industry.

AUM growth in the global ETF industry has accelerated in recent years. The industry passed the $3tn mark in October 2015 and topped $4tn in April 2017. The industry has shown a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past ten years of 18.9%.

Source: ETFGI.

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