Global ETF assets reach new record high at end of 2016

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Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed globally reached a new record high of $3.546tn at the end of 2016 passing the prior record of $3.444tn set at the end of November 2016, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI.

Global ETF assets reach record high in December

ETF/ETP assets under management also reached new record highs at the end of 2016 in the US at $2.543tn, in Europe at $571bn, in Asia Pacific ex-Japan at $135bn and in Canada at $84bn.

During 2016, ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered a record $389.3bn in net inflows, surpassing the prior record of $372.3bn gathered in 2015, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s Year-end 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.

Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows during 2016 with $231.9bn (but less than the record $258.2bn gathered in 2015) followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs which gathered a record $111.6bn passing the prior record of $81.6bn set in 2014, and commodity ETFs/ETPs which also gathered a record $30.8bn passing the prior record of $23.4bn set in 2012.

In 2016, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with $138.4bn, followed by Vanguard with $96.8bn and SPDR ETFs with $62.5bn net inflows.

While the strong net inflows experienced during the year helped towards the new record level of ETF/ETP assets listed globally, strong performance in equity markets during the year also contributed to the achievement.

Deborah Fuhr, co-founder and managing partner at ETFGI, commented: “2016 was an eventful year with a number of unexpected outcomes – the UK vote for Brexit to leave the European Union and the election of Trump as the US President. The S&P 500 gained 12.0% while the DJIA increased 16.5% for the year. All US sectors performed positively for the year, with the exception of Health Care. European equities ended the year up 3.44% Canadian equities ended the year strongly with the S&P/TSX Composite and the S&P/TSX 60 were up 21.1% and 21.4%.”

ETFs/ETPs gathered a record $65.3bn for December, marking the 35th consecutive month of net inflows. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $63.3bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $6.7bn, and active ETFs/ETPs with $1.5bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows of $4.2bn.

iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows for the month with $23.7bn, followed by SPDR ETFs with $18.5bn and Vanguard with $13.3bn.

At the end of December 2016, the global ETF/ETP industry had 6,625 ETFs/ETPs, with 12,526 listings from 290 providers listed on 65 exchanges in 53 countries.

In addition to the global record, ETF/ETP assets under management reached new highs at the end of 2016 in the United States at $2.543tn, in Europe at $571bn, in Asia Pacific ex-Japan at $135bn and in Canada at $84bn.

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