Falling equity markets fail to quell strong ETF inflows in Europe

Sep 10th, 2015 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

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Despite the risk-off nature of markets in August, European listed exchange-traded funds and exchange traded products gathered $11.5 billion in net new assets during the month, with positive flows seen across fixed income, equity and commodity products.

Falling equity markets fail to quell strong ETF inflows in Europe

Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI.

The figures, supplied by ETF industry consultants ETFGI, highlight the structural shift to ETFs and ETPs which continues in the face of volatile markets.

Equity ETFs and ETPs gathered the largest net inflows in August with $7.8bn, followed by fixed income with $2.3bn, and commodity products with $406m. This brings the year-to-date (YTD) total to $59.7bn which is a 17% increase on the record set through end of August 2014. This has been led by equity with $34.8bn, followed by fixed income with $19.7bn, and commodity ETFs and ETPs with $1.1bn.

iShares gathered the largest net inflows in August with $2.8bn, followed by db x-trackers with $2.0bn, UBS ETFs with $1.7bn, Lyxor AM with $1.2bn and Amundi with $984m.

Year-to-date iShares are again leading with net ETF and ETP inflows of $20.9bn, followed by db x-trackers with $9.3bn, Lyxor AM with $8.3bn, UBS ETFs with $6.5bn and Vanguard with $3.3bn.

Globally, net inflows are on pace for a record year with $219.7bn gathered YTD, marking a 16% increase over the prior record set in 2014. In the US, net inflows reached $127.5bn, 19% higher than the prior record set last year. In Japan, YTD net inflows were up 74% on the record set last year, standing at $28.9bn at the end of August 2015.

At the end of August 2015, the European ETF/ETP industry had 2,143 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,570 listings, assets of $494bn, from 50 providers listed on 25 exchanges in 21 countries.

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