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Global assets invested in ETFs/ETPs reached a new record high of USD2.919 trillion at the end of February 2015, according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for February.

ETFGI reports that the global ETF/ETP industry had 5,632 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,902 listings, from 245 providers listed on 63 exchanges in 51 countries. The firm expects assets to break through USD3 trillion in the first half of 2015. There were USD50.7 billion in net new asset inflows in February – the second largest net new asset month on record.
 
“Investors allocated the majority of net new assets to equities as the US market rebounded from a difficult January to end February with both the S&P 500 and the Dow up 6 per cent for the month. Volatility declined during the month. Developed markets were up 6 per cent for the month, while emerging and frontier markets were up 3 per cent” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.
 
In February 2015, ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of USD50.7 billion. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD30.4 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with USD15.6 billion, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with USD2.9 billion in net inflows. The firm reports that on a YTD basis the net new asset flows into fixed income, commodities, active ETFs and globally are at record levels at USD28.8 billion, USD8.0 billion, USD2.7 billion and USD62.0 billion respectively.
 
iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in February with USD19.9 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD5.9 billion and SPDR ETFs with USD4.3 billion net inflows. On a year to date basis, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with USD26.9 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD15.7 billion and WisdomTree with USD6.8 billion net inflows.

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