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ETFGI’s Global Active ETF/ETP report for October finds that assets invested in Active ETFs/ETPs listed globally have reached USD32.9 billion – a new record – at the end of October 2015.

 In the first ten months of 2015, record levels of net new assets have been gathered by Active ETFs/ETPs listed globally with net inflows of USD8.9 billion marking a 23 per cent increase over the prior record set at this time in 2013, according to the firm.
 
The Global active ETF/ETP industry had 232 ETFs/ETPs, with 322 listings, assets of USD32.9 billion, from 45 providers on 15 exchanges at the end of October, according to ETFGI and active ETFs/ETPs account for 1.1 per cent of the USD3 trillion invested in the global ETF/ETP industry at the end of October 2015.
 
The largest market for active ETFs/ETPs is the United States which has USD21.8 billion or 66 per cent of all active ETFs/ETPs assets invested in 133 products, followed by Europe with 19 per cent or USD6.3 billion invested in 20 products, Canada with 12 per cent or USD3.9 billion invested in 65 products and Asia Pacific ex Japan with 2 per cent or USD797 million invested in 14 ETFs/ETPs.  
 
ETFGI finds that allocations to equity and fixed income exposures in Active ETFs/ETPs at 18 per cent and 73 per cent of total assets are almost a mirror opposite of the allocations to equity and fixed income exposures in index ETFs/ETPs, at 77 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.
 
“Since 2007 over 80 applications have been filed in the United States with the Securities and Exchange Commission for Active ETFs.  Currently there are 31 issuers of active ETFs/ETPs in the United States.  Many asset managers are waiting to see if/when the SEC allows non-transparent Active ETFs,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.
 
Globally, ETFGI finds that Source gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in October with USD270 million, followed by SPDR ETFs with USD170 million and First Trust with USD141 million net inflows. Year to date, iShares has gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with USD1.9 billion, followed by SPDR ETFs and Source, each with USD1.5 billion net inflows.

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