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Global ETF and ETP assets reach record USD2.45trn

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Flows into exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed globally rebounded in March gathering net inflows of USD11.0bn.

When combined with a small positive market performance in the month, this pushed assets in the global ETF/ETP industry to a new record high of USD2.45trn, according to preliminary findings from ETFGI’s Q1 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
 
Globally, there are now 5,204 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,219 listings, from 222 providers on 59 exchanges.
 
“March was the first month in 2014 when equity exposures gathered more net new assets than fixed income. Equity markets were choppy in March – the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high on March 7th but ended the month up less than one per cent. Gains came at the end of the month after comments from Fed provided assurance that short-term rates would not increase earlier than expected. Outside the US, developed markets declined slightly while emerging markets gained three per cent,” says to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.


 
In March 2014, ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of USD11.0bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD9.9bn, followed by commodity ETFs/ETPs with USD876m, while fixed income ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows with USD1.4bn.


 
In Q1 2014, ETFs/ETPs have gathered net inflows of USD33.0bn which is significantly below the USD73.1bn at this time last year. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered USD17.8bn – the largest net inflows YTD – followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with USD8.4bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows YTD with USD207m.


 
Vanguard gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in March with USD5.3bn, followed by iShares with USD1.6bn and First Trust with USD1.2bn net inflows. Vanguard has also gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows YTD with USD14.7bn, followed by iShares with USD8.6bn and Nomura AM with USD4.9bn net inflows.


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