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Global ETF and ETP assets reach new high of USD2.55 trillion

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Exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed globally gathered USD22.4 billion in net new assets in May pushing total industry assets to a new record high of USD2.55 trillion, according to preliminary data from ETFGI.

At the end of May the global ETF/ETP industry had 5,283 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,293 listings, from 219 providers listed on 59 exchanges.


 
The ETF/ETP industry in many countries and regions also hit record highs in assets at the end of May 2014, including: in the US USD1.8 trillion; in Europe USD459 billion; in Japan USD86.7 billion; in Canada USD63.2 billion; and in the Middle East and Africa USD41.69 billion.


 
In May investors invested net new money in almost equal amounts into equity and fixed income exposures with net new flows going into a broad spectrum of exposures from riskier EM equities to safer government bond products.
 
The S&P 500 ended May at an all-time high (1,924).
 
The S&P 500 is up five per cent year-to-date, while the DJIA is up only two per cent.
 
US stocks have advanced each month in 2014 except for January. During May developed markets gained two per cent and emerging markets four per cent with Asia showing strong performance, up four per cent.
 
In May 2014, ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD22.4 billion. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD11.5 billion, followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with USD10.3 billion, while commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of USD565 million.


 
YTD through end of May 2014, ETFs/ETPs have seen net inflows of USD91.2 billion, which is less than the USD108.2 billion of net inflows gathered at this time last year. Equity ETFs/ETPs have gathered the largest net inflows YTD with USD47.9 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with USD35.9 billion, while commodity ETFs/ETPs have experienced net outflows of USD1.7 billion YTD.


 
In April 2014, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with USD9.7 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD6.5 billion in net inflows, and Lyxor ETFs with USD1.4 billion in net inflows.

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