ETFs/ETPs listed globally hit $4 trillion in assets

May 11th, 2017 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

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Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed globally reached the $4 trillion milestone during April, finishing the month at $4.002tn, according to analysis from London-based ETF industry consultant ETFGI.

ETFs/ETPs listed globally hit $4 trillion in assets

Global ETFs/ETPs gathered $37.9bn in net new assets during April.

ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered record net inflows of $37.9 billion in April marking the 39th consecutive month of positive net gatherings. With AUM reaching $3.913tn at the end of March, the figures indicate that market growth of approximately $51bn was the most significant contributor to passing the $4tn landmark.

Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and a founder of ETFGI, commented: “Investors continued to favour equities over fixed income and commodities as equity markets performed positively in April. The S&P 500 was up 1%, international equity markets outside the US and emerging markets were both up 2% in April. Investors were captivated by a closely-fought first round of the French elections during April.”

The global ETF/ETP industry appears to be retaining significant momentum, having passed the $3tn milestone as recently as October 2015. (See: ETF industry celebrates $3 trillion AUM milestone)

It is also leaving the hedge fund industry in the dust, with the latter reaching $3.02tn in global AUM as of the end of 2016, according to analysis from Hedge Fund Research. The ETF industry surpassed the hedge fund industry in AUM in June 2015. (See: ETFs surpass hedge funds in AUM)

In April, equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $27.7bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $10.8bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows of $1.3bn.

Year-to-date (YTD) through end of April 2017, ETFs/ETPs have seen net inflows of $235.2bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows YTD with $167.4bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $50.0bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with $7.6bn.

iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in April with $24.0bn, followed by Vanguard with $10.3bn and Schwab ETFs with $2.5bn net inflows.

YTD, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with $89.3bn, followed by Vanguard with $53.1bn and Nomura AM with $10.2bn net inflows.

The global ETF/ETP industry had 6,835 ETFs/ETPs, with 12,892 listings from 313 providers listed on 68 exchanges in 56 countries at the end of April 2017.

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