ETF industry on course to break through $3 trillion milestone, says ETFGI

Dec 8th, 2014 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

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The global exchange-traded fund industry reached an all-time high of $2.76 trillion in assets at the end of November 2014 and is on course to break through the $3 trillion milestone in the first half of 2015, according to research from ETFGI, a leading London-based ETF consultancy.

ETF industry on track to break through $3 trillion milestone in the first half of 2015, according to research from ETFGI.

The ETF industry on course to break through the $3 trillion milestone, says ETFGI

Year-to-date net inflows of $275.3 billion are a new record, beating prior full-year net inflows.

Assets were boosted by a whopping $42.0 billion in net new asset (NNA) flows in November alone, the fourth largest NNA month on record.

Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $38.8 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $4.9 billion, while commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of $221 million.

The ETF/ETP industry in the United States reached a new record of $1.98 trillion in assets at the end of November. ETFGI expects to see assets break through the $2 trillion milestone any day.

Net inflows into US listed ETF/ETPs were $42.4 billion in November, which is a record month, beating the previous high of $41.1 billion set in July 2013.

The ETF/ETP industry in Europe also had a strong month gathering $5.6 billion in NNA and a record level of $61.8 billion in NNA year-to-date, breaking the prior full year NNA record. Assets in European ETFs/ETPs are $472.1 billion at the end of November, which is just below the record of $477.4 billion in assets set at the end of August 2014.

ETFGI expects the European ETF/ETP industry to break through the $500 billion milestone in the first half of 2015.

Commenting on the numbers, Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI, said: “Economic news in Europe during November was not positive with the OECD warning that Europe was the ‘locus of weakness’ in the global economy – criticising the ECB’s efforts to combat economic stagnation. Many found the ECB’s investment plan as lacking new money and new ideas with even the Pope criticising the plan. During November the US market continued its positive trend with both the S&P 500 and the Dow closing up 3% for the month. Developed markets ended the month up 1% while emerging markets declined 1%.”

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