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ETF Securities reports that investor appetite for commodities and robotics ETPs drove 2016 inflows with AUM up by USD5,863 million overall, reflecting the firm’s best performance since 2009.

Commodity net inflows were USD4,200 million at year end, with commodity AUM of USD17,560 million. Gold saw a very strong year with inflows of USD3,444 million, after three years of outflows. Precious metals also had their first positive year since 2013 with inflows of USD339 million.

The firm writes that soft commodities delivered inflows of USD657 million in 2016. Energy ETFs suffered net outflows of USD240 million during the year. In a weaker equity ETF market, ETF Securities saw inflows of USD246 million, predominantly driven by appetite for products offering exposure to Robotics stocks (USD135 million) and cyber security stocks (USD48 million).

In fixed income, ETF Securities saw inflows of USD243 million, predominantly driven by appetite for products offering exposure to emerging markets (USD232 million).

FX ETFs inflows totalled USD120 million and Canvas, ETF Securities’ UCITS ETF platform, received  inflows of USD677 million.

Mark Weeks, (pictured) CEO, ETF Securities says: “We aim to diversify the ETF Securities Group by asset class, geography and investment sector, so I am delighted to see that as we continued to strongly grow our AUM in commodities, the historic cornerstone of the company, we  delivered strong growth in our range of equity, fixed income and FX products.

“The restructuring of our sales team, which took place over 18 months ago, is also bearing fruit, with USD800 million in inflows from wealth managers, a key target for us. In the years ahead we want to exploit the favourable regulatory environment and industry trends toward lower cost ETFs, alternatives and Smart Beta.”

The year featured ETF Securities’ largest net creation number for a single day of USD300 million, and for a single week of USD750 million, and the largest ever single trade in FX of USD160 million, from an investor who hedged their Sterling exposure just before the Brexit Referendum.

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