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US ETF inflows reach record highs


ETFGI reports that assets invested in ETFs listed in the United States reached a new record of USD2.17 trillion at the end of the first quarter surpassing the prior record of USD2.15 trillion set at the end of May 2015. 

The US ETF industry had 1,863 ETFs/ETPs, assets of USD2.17 trillion, from 94 providers listed on three exchanges at the end of the first quarter, 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 EUR60 to 80 billion per month" according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.
In March 2016, ETFs/ETPs listed in the US gathered net inflows of USD33.00 billion.  Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD22.34 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with USD8.38 billion, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with USD1.00 billion.
In March 2016, 17 new ETFs/ETPs were launched by nine providers and 17 ETFs/ETPs were closed.
iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in March with USD14.78 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD9.07 billion and SPDR ETFs with USD5.76 billion net inflows.
YTD, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows YTD with USD16.50 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD16.43 billion and SPDR ETFs with USD7.64 billion net inflows.
S&P Dow Jones has the largest amount of ETF/ETP assets tracking its benchmarks reflecting 33.7 per cent market share; MSCI is second with 14.9 per cent market share, followed by FTSE Russell with 13.8 per cent market share.

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