Global ETF assets roar back above $5 trillion

Dec 13th, 2018 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

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Assets under management across ETFs and ETPs (hereafter ETFs) listed globally surpassed $5 trillion in November amid strong net inflows and positive market movements, according to data from ETF industry consultants ETFGI.

Global ETF AUM roars past $5 trillion in November

ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered $60.5 billion in net inflows during November.

The industry previously passed $5tn in AUM in January before February’s turbulent equity markets dragged total assets back below the milestone.

November also marked the 58th consecutive month of positive net inflows for the global ETF industry.

ETFs gathered a net $60.5 billion during the month, with all regions except the Middle East and Africa recording positive flows.

Year-to-date, as of November end, there has been healthy net inflows of $439bn, though this is significantly less than the bumper $599bn net inflows recorded at this point last year.

Equity ETFs attracted over two-thirds of monthly net inflows in November with $41.0bn in net new assets gathered, lifting net inflows for 2018 to $312bn. Fixed Income ETFs were also in demand with net inflows of $14.2bn, lifting YTD flows to $86.4bn.

The top 20 ETFs by net new assets during November collectively gathered $29.7bn. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY US) – the world’s largest ETF – pulled in the greatest amount of net new assets with $3.7bn inflows during the month.

Robust inflows were assisted by upwards-trending markets, lifting AUM. The S&P 500 Index rose 2.0% during November and, apart from the eurozone, where various domestic issues continue to dominate, most developed international markets closed the month with marginal gains.

The S&P developed ex-US BMI finished up 0.2%. Emerging and frontier markets bounced back from their October fall, posting gains of 4.6% and 1.9% respectively.

At the end of November 2018, the global ETF industry had 7,636 ETFs/ETPs, with 14,913 listings from 395 providers listed on 71 exchanges in 57 countries.

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