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Smart beta equity ETFs and ETPs reach record high


Smart beta equity ETFs and ETPs reached a new record high of USD534 billion in January according to data provider ETFGI.

Record levels of assets were reached at the end of January for equity smart beta ETFs/ETPs listed globally with USD534.06 billion, in the United States with USD476.85 billion, in Europe with USD36.82 billion, in Canada with US$12.92 billion and in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) with USD4.73 billion.

In January 2017, smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of USD10.69 billion. Combining market moves and net inflows, smart beta equity ETF/ETP assets have increased by 26.7 per cent from USD421.58 billion to USD534.06 billion in January, with a five-year CAGR of 30.6 per cent.

At the end of January 2017, there were 1,208 smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs, with 2,034 listings, assets of USD534 billion, from 150 providers listed on 37 exchanges in 32 countries.

 ETFGI managing partner Deborah Fuhr (pictured) says 89 per cent of smart beta assets are invested in the 606 ETFs/ETPs that are domiciled and listed in the United States and 78 per cent of the assets are invested in the 477 ETFs/ETPs that provide smart beta exposure to the US market.
iShares gathered the largest smart beta ETF/ETP net inflows in January with USD3.82 billion, followed by PowerShares with USD1.31 billion and Vanguard with USD1.28 billion net inflows.
Products tracking S&P Dow Jones smart beta indices gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in January with USD5.16 billion, followed by MSCI with USD1.14 billion and CRSP with USD1.09 billion net inflows.

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