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ETFs and ETPs see record net inflows in May, says ETFGI

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Exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products have received record net inflows of USD107bn up to the end of May 2013, 32 per cent higher than the USD81bn in net flows at this time in 2012, according to data released by ETFGI.

These inflows have helped to push assets invested globally in ETFs and ETPs to a new all-time high of USD2.14trn, according to preliminary figures from ETFGI’s Global ETF and ETP industry insights report for May 2013. 
 
There are now 4,849 ETFs and ETPs, with 9,875 listings, assets of USD2.14trn, from 211 providers listed on 56 exchanges. ETF and ETP assets have increased by 9.6 per cent from USD1.95trn to USD2.14trn.
 
ETFs and ETPs in May received USD24.3bn in net inflows. Equity ETFs and ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD25bn, followed by fixed income ETFs and ETPs with USD3bn, while commodity ETFs and ETPs experienced net outflows with USD6.7bn.
 
Equity ETFs and ETPs saw net inflows of USD25bn in May with US/North American equity gathering USD16bn the largest net inflows, followed by developed Asia Pacific equity with USD9bn, and global equity with USD2bn, while emerging market equity experienced the largest net outflows with USD4.3bn.
 
Fixed income ETFs and ETPs net inflows of USD3bn in May were composed of USD2.2bn of net inflows in corporate bond, followed by government bonds with USD1.5bn, while inflation ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows with USD839m. 
 
Commodity ETFs and ETPs saw net outflows of USD6.7bn with precious metals experiencing the largest net outflows with USD6.4bn followed by agriculture with USD325m.
 
In May Vanguard, Daiwa and SPDR ETFs received the largest net new asset with USD4.5bn, USD4.4bn and USD4.4bn in net inflows respectively followed by Wisdom Tree which received USD3.1bn. 
 
“Net inflows into ETFs providing exposure to Japan during May elevated Daiwa and Wisdom Tree into the top four firms out of 211 ranked by net inflows,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.
 
iShares remains the largest ETF and ETP provider with assets of USD824bn, reflecting 38.4 per cent market share but ranked fifth with USD2.4 bn in terms of net inflows in May; SPDRs is the second largest with USD365bn and 17.1 per cent market share, then Vanguard with USD290bn and 13.6 per cent market share, then Powershares with USD74bn and 3.5 per cent market share, followed by db X-trackers with USD69bn. The top five ETF and ETP providers, out of 211, account for 76 per cent of global ETF and ETP assets.  
 
S&P Dow Jones has the largest amount of ETF and ETP assets tracking its benchmarks with USD572bn, reflecting 26.9 per cent market share; MSCI is second with USD340bn and 16.0 per cent market share, followed by Barclays with USD194bn and 9.1 per cent market share.

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