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ETF first quarter 2015 figures show record highs in assets


Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record high of USD2.926 trillion according to the end of the first quarter 2015 figures from ETFGI.

Quarter one saw record levels of assets reached with global listed ETFs/ETPs AUM coming in at USD2.926 trillion; in the US at USD 2.093 trillion; Asia Pacific ex-Japan at USD119.6 and Japan at USD109.3 billion.
The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,669 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,961 listings, from 247 providers listed on 63 exchanges in 51 countries, according to the firm. 
Net new assets reached record levels in the first quarter with ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathering USD 95.98 billion up significantly from the USD37.19 billion in the first quarter of last year. Products listed in the US gathered USD57.53 billion which is, the firm says, significantly higher than the USD15.06 billion gathered in the first quarter of  2014.
ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered USD34.96 billion, more than double the USD11.16 billion gathered in the first quarter of last year, while ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan gathered net new assets of  USD10.61 billion which is greater than the USD7.7 billion in the first quarter of 2014.   
“With the ECB beginning QE, investors have allocated the majority of net new assets to European equities.  Developed markets were up 4 per cent and emerging markets were up 2 per cent in Q1 while the US had a turbulent first quarter with the S&P 500 ending Q1 up 1 per cent” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.
Over the year to date, ETFs/ETPs have seen net inflows of USD95.98 billion.  Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows year to date with USD49.33 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with USD31.43 billion, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with USD6.73 billion.
iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows YTD with USD38.79 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD23.38 billion, WisdomTree with USD13.28 billion and DB/x-trackers with USD4.78 billion in net inflows.

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