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ETF data gatherer ETFGI announces that assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high of USD3.689 trillion at the end of January 2017 surpassing the prior record of USD3.546 trillion set at the end of December 2016. 

ETFs/ETPs gathered a record level of USD62.13 billion in net inflows in January, marking the 36th consecutive month or three years of net inflows.
 
Record levels of assets under management were reached at the end of January for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at USD3.689 trillion, in the United States at USD2.641 trillion, in Europe at USD598.76 billion, in Asia Pacific ex Japan at USD132.87 billion, and in Canada at USD88.84 billion.
 
At the end of January 2017, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 6,670 ETFs/ETPs, with 12,588 listings, assets of USD3.689 trillion, from 293 providers listed on 65 exchanges in 53 countries.
 
“Investors favour equities over commodities and fixed income during January as equity markets had a good start to 2017. Developed markets outside the US and emerging markets showed strong performance in January up 3.2 per cent and 5.1 per cent respectively while the S&P 500 index was up 1.9 per cent and the DJIA index was up 0.6 per cent in January,” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI.
 
Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD46.00 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with USD13.13 billion, active ETFs/ETPs with USD1.51 billion, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with net inflows of USD987 million.  
 
Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered a record level of USD46.00 billion of net inflows for January. Investors allocated net inflows to equities in most regions of the world. North American equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD20.06 billion, followed by ETFs/ETPs providing exposure to developed Asia Pacific equity indices with USD9.63 billion, global (ex-US) equity ETFs/ETPs with USD6.16 billion, emerging markets with USD4.32 billion, global equity indices with USD3.13 billion, and European equity indices with USD3.03 billion, while Middle East and African equity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows of  USD326 million.
 
iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in January with USD19.19 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD15.93 billion and Nomura AM with USD4.20 billion net inflows.

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