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Healthy cash flows in Q3 push global ETF assets towards USD1.6trn


Global exchange-traded fund industry assets reached USD1.59trn in September (YTD +22.3 per cent), while the European ETF industry ended the month at USD310.5bn (YTD +15.3 per cent), according to Deutsche Bank.

Cash flows contributed 12.7 per cent to the YTD global ETF AUM growth while asset price increases accounted for 9.6 per cent.

In contrast, the European ETF industry’s YTD growth was mainly driven by asset price increases (9.4 per cent) with cash flows contributing 5.9 per cent.

Month over month, global ETF industry assets grew by five per cent, largely propelled by equities which recorded a monthly asset increase of 5.9 per cent (USD67.9bn). Equity ETFs domiciled across regions (US, Europe and Asia Pacific) participated in the market rally, each registering monthly asset gains between five per cent and six per cent.

The month of September brought about many new milestones for the European ETF and ETC markets. Asset growth and cash flow activity, which has been positive for the past couple of months, reached new peaks over the last month.

ETF and ETP assets reached an all-time high of EUR241.3bn and EUR269.1bn respectively.

Monthly equity cash flows surpassed EUR2bn, for the first time in 2012.

Monthly cash flows into ETCs were above the EUR1bn mark in September, another first for 2012.

Monthly cash flows into ETPs (ETFs and ETCs) were the highest YTD, totalling EUR3.7bn.

The European ETF markets extended their good run to the month of September after having registered healthy cash inflows above the EUR2bn mark in July and August. Total ETF cash flows topped EUR2.4bn in September, with equities accounting for most of the inflows (EUR2.1bn).

European domiciled ETCs had their best month of the year experiencing cash inflows of over EUR1.3bn in September.

Market activity was on the rise with ETF turnover levels registering an eight per cent increase over August, though still below the monthly average for 2012 by three per cent.

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