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Smart beta equity ETFs mark eighteenth month of consecutive net inflows


ETF data provider ETFGI reports that assets invested in smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally have increased 18.3 per cent in the first eight months of the year, reaching a new record of USD630 billion at the end of August 2017.

Record levels of assets were reached at the end of August for equity smart beta ETFs/ETPs listed globally with USD630.39 billion, in the United States with USD559.41 billion, in Europe with USD46.46 billion, in Canada with USD14.99 billion and in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) with USD5.72 billion.

In August 2017, smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of USD3.23 billion, marking the 18th consecutive month of net inflows and a level of USD48.86 billion in year to date net inflows which is greater than the USD33.77 billion in net inflows at this point last year.

Deborah Fuhr (pictured), ETFGI founder and managing partner, comments that combining market moves and net inflows, smart beta equity ETF/ETP assets have increased by 18.3 per cent from USD532.79 billion to USD630.39 billion, with a five-year CAGR of 31.5 per cent.

At the end of August 2017, there were 1,279 smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs, with 2,171 listings, assets of USD630 billion from 158 providers on 40 exchanges in 33 countries. Some 88.7 per cent of smart beta assets are invested in the 631 ETFs/ETPs that are domiciled and listed in the United States and 76.2 per cent of the assets are invested in the 507 ETFs/ETPs that provide smart beta exposure to the US market.

iShares gathered the largest ‘smart beta’ ETF/ETP net inflows in August with USD1.66 billion, followed by DeltaShares with USD793 million and Vanguard with USD707 million net inflows.

Products tracking MSCI ‘smart beta’ indices gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in August with USD2.03 billion, followed by CRSP with USD646 million and FTSE Russell with USD367 million net inflows.

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