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Asia Pacific ETFs hit record level


ETFs listed in the Asia Pacific ex Japan region gathered a record level of USD7.09 billion in net new assets in the first quarter of 2016 according to ETFGI. 

The Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) ETF region had 824 ETFs, with 965 listings, assets of USD121 billion, from 114 providers listed in 18 exchanges in 14 countries at the end of the first quarter.
“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 listed in the Asia Pacific ex Japan region gathered net inflows of USD665 million.  Fixed income ETFs gathered the largest net inflows with USD349 million, followed equity ETFs with USD23 million, and commodity ETFs which gathered USD22 million in net inflows in March while leveraged ETFs experienced the largest net outflows with USD940 million.
Year to date to the end of the first quarter, ETFs listed in the Asia Pacific ex Japan region gathered net inflows of USD7.09 billion.  Equity ETFs gathered the largest net inflows year to date with USD4.16 billion, followed by commodity ETFs/ETPs with USD686 million, and fixed income ETFs which gathered USD342 billion in net inflows in Q1.
In March 2016, ten new ETFs were launched by seven providers and three ETFs were closed. CSOP/China Southern gathered the largest net ETF inflows in March with USD456 million, followed by HSBC/Hang Seng with USD401 million and Yuanta with USD162 million net inflows.
In the first quarter, CSOP/China Southern gathered the largest net ETF inflows with USD1.18 billion, followed by Yuanta with USD906 million and HSBC/Hang Seng with USD848 million net inflows.
CSI has the largest amount of ETF assets tracking its benchmarks with 24.3 per cent market share; Hang Seng is second with 19.0 per cent market share, followed by Korea Exchange with 11.8 per cent market share.

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