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Global ETF and ETP assets reach record high of USD2.44trn, says ETFGI

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Flows into ETFs and ETPs listed globally rebounded in February gathering net inflows of USD29.0bn which, when combined with the market performance in the month, pushed assets to a record high of USD2.44trn.

That is according to preliminary findings from ETFGI’s February Global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
 
The global ETF/ETP industry has 5,183 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,210 listings, from 219 providers on 59 exchanges.
 
“Positive comments from the Fed indicating that the US economy continues to brighten, the S&P 500 ending February with a record close of 1859 and signs of a wider global recovery in equities seems to have caused investors to come out of their winter hibernation after the winter storms and put net inflows of USD29.0bn into ETFs/ETPs in February,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.
 
Dissecting the overall net inflows we find that fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered USD16.8bn – the largest net inflows – followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with USD10.2bn. Commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of USD870m.
 
The competition to gather assets remains high. The top 100 ETFs/ETPs – less than two per cent of the 5,183 ETFs/ETPs – account for more than half (57 per cent) of global assets. Only seven per cent of ETFs/ETPs hold more than USD1bn in assets, while 69 per cent have less than USD100m in assets, 59 per cent have less than USD50m in assets and nearly a third of all products have less than USD10m in assets.
 
In the first two months of 2014 Vanguard has gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with USD9.4bn, followed by iShares with USD7.1bn, Nomura AM with USD4.2bn, First Trust with USD2.5bn and Guggenheim with USD2.0bn in net inflows.

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