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ETFGI research reveals mixed results for US ETFs/ETPs

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US ETFs/ETPs suffered net outflows of USD4.0bn in January, with a record USD17.0bn net outflows from equities, according to new research from ETFGI. 

Fixed income and commodity products however, have enjoyed their best ever start to a year, gathering net inflows of USD7.5bn and USD4.1bn respectively.
 
The US ETF/ETP industry had 1,652 ETFs/ETPs, assets of USD1,980bn, from 70 providers on 3 exchanges at the end of January 2015 according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s end January 2015 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
 
“Investors showed a strong preference for fixed income and commodity exposure during January as volatility increased.  The S&P 500 was down 4%, developed markets were flat, emerging markets were down slightly while frontier markets where down 3% in January. The ECB announced on January 22nd a stimulus package which will total USD1.27 trillion based on buying USD69 billion a month in public and private bonds to stimulate the European economy.”, according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI.
 
Vanguard gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in January with USD9.2Bn, followed by WisdomTree with USD3.9bn, iShares with USD3.1bn, DB X-trackers with USD1.8bn and CharlesSchwab with USD 1.6bn in net inflows.
 
Thirteen new products were listed in January which is nearly half the 25 new products listed at this time last year. Twenty-three products were closed in January which is a 475% increase from the 4 products that were closed in January 2014.
 
The size of individual ETFs/ETPs is increasing: 252 ETFs/ETPs have assets that are greater than USD1bn which is up from 213 at this time last year.

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