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February sees record high in ETF/ETP assets in Europe


The close of February 2015 saw assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe reach a new record high of USD494.8 billion according to industry specialists ETFGI.

At the end of the month, the European ETF/ETP industry had 2,109 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,420 listings, from 50 providers listed on 26 exchanges in 21 countries.
An anniversary was reached on March 9th which marked the 25th anniversary of the listing of the first ETF in Canada.
“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 listed in Europe saw net inflows of USD12.5 billion the second highest month of NNA on record, behind USD14.3 billion net inflows in January 2015.
Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD6.7 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with USD 4.1 billion, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with USD1.2 billion in net inflows.
iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in February with USD5.7 billion, followed by Lyxor AM with USD2.0 billion and db x/db ETC with USD1.4 billion net inflows. Year to date iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with USD11.5 billion, followed by Lyxor AM with USD3.3 billion and UBS ETFs with USD2.9 billion net inflows.
The top 100 ETFs/ETPs, out of 2,109, account for 55.9 per cent of European ETF/ETP assets. Only 114 ETFs/ETPs have greater than USD1 billion in assets, while 1,486 ETFs/ETPs have less than USD100 million in assets.

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