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Global ETF/ETP assets pass USD3tn milestone for the second time

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Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally broke through the USD 3 trillion milestone for the second time at the end of Q1. At the end of May 2015 the assets in ETFs/ETPs listed globally first exceeded the USD 3 trillion milestone.

During March ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered USD45.30 in net new assets. This marks the 26th consecutive month of net inflows. The Global ETF/ETP industry had 6,240 ETFs/ETPs, with 12,042 listings, assets of USD3.07 trillion, from 277 providers listed on 64 exchanges in 51 countries, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s March 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.   
“US equities rebounded in March ending the month up 7 per cent. Emerging markets and Developed ex US markets also had a strong March ending up 12.5 per cent and 7.2 per cent respectively. Based on comments from the Fed there is a growing belief that interest rates will be held lower for longer than previously anticipated. The European Central Bank cut rates and announced additional stimulus will begin in April, accelerating the rate of bond purchases from 60 to 80 billion euros per month,” says Deborah Fuhr (pictured), managing partner at ETFGI.
 
In March 2016, ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of USD45.30 billion. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD26.30 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with USD14.80 billion, and commodity  ETFs/ETPs with USD2.42 billion.  
 
In March 2016, 71 new ETFs/ETPs were launched by 27 providers and 30 ETFs/ETPs were closed.
 
iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in March with USD20.97 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD9.74 billion and SPDR ETFs with USD6.25 billion in net inflows.
 
YTD, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows YTD with USD24.54 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD17.82 billion and SPDR ETFs with USD8.78 billion net inflows.
 
S&P Dow Jones has the largest amount of ETF/ETP assets tracking its benchmarks with 27.5 per cent market share; MSCI is second with 14.6 per cent market share, followed by FTSERussell with 12.4 per cent market share.

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