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February sees new record highs in ETF assets globally

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ETF data firm ETFGI reports assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high of USD47.49 billion at the end of February passing the prior record of USD46 billion set at the end of January 2017.

Assets in the United States stood at USD32.14 billion, in Europe at USD6.53 billion, in Canada at USD6.53 billion and in Asia Pacific ex Japan at USD2.18 billion.

At the end of February 2017, the global active ETF industry had 317 ETFs, with 412 listings, assets of USD47 billion, from 60 providers listed on 16 exchanges in 12 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,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI.

“The US equity market performed strongly in February with the S&P 500 up 3.97 per cent and the DJIA was up 5.17 per cent. International equity markets continued to perform well in February with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S. BMI up 1.42 per cent while the S&P Emerging BMI was up 3.46 per cent. There are significant upcoming political and economic events that investors will be watching in Europe in the next two months: the first round of the French election, a Dutch general election, the beginning of the U.K.’s “Brexit” negotiations and, officials from the EU and the IMF are once again locked in negotiations over the Greek bailout,” says Fuhr.

In February 2017, active ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of USD1.85 billion and USD3.33 billion YTD. YTD, Active ETF/ETP assets have increased by 9.3 per cent from USD43,461 million to USD47,492 million.
 
First Trust gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in February with USD431 million, followed by Lyxor AM with USD297 million and PIMCO with USD262 million net inflows.

YTD, First Trust gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with USD825 million, followed by SPDR ETFs with USD404 million and Lyxor AM with USD376 million net inflows.
 
68 per cent of the assets in active ETFs/ETPs are in the 172 active products that are domiciled and listed in the United States followed by Europe which has 14 per cent of the assets in 107 products. 72 per cent of the assets in active ETFs/ETPs are in the 105 active fixed income products followed by active equity products with 18 per cent of the assets in 155 products.

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