ETF data provider ETFGI reports that smart beta equity ETF/ETP assets increased by 21.9 per cent in the first nine months of 2017 to reach a new global record of USD644 billion at the end of September.
In the US, smart beta assets reached USD571.45 billion, in Europe the total was USD48.44 billion, in Canada, assets reached USD14.40 billion and in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) with USD6.08 billion.
In September 2017, smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs gathered a record level of USD6.42 billion in net inflows marking 19 consecutive months of net inflows and a level of USD53.38 billion in year to date net inflows which is greater than the USD36.53 billion in net inflows at this point last year. Combining market moves and net inflows, smart beta equity ETF/ETP assets have increased by 21.9 per cent from USD528.76 billion to USD644.40 billion, with a five-year CAGR of 31.3 per cent.
At the end of September 2017, there were 1,284 smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs, with 2,189 listings, assets of USD644 billion, from 161 providers listed on 40 exchanges in 33 countries.
ETFGI says that 88.7 per cent of smart beta assets are invested in the 628 ETFs/ETPs that are domiciled and listed in the United States and 76.8 per cent of the assets are invested in the 511 ETFs/ETPs that provide smart beta exposure to the US market.
iShares gathered the largest smart beta ETF/ETP net inflows in September with USD2.63 billion, followed by Vanguard with USD1.06 billion and PowerShares with USD390 million of net inflows.
Products tracking MSCI smart beta indices gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in September with USD1.65 billion, followed by CRSP with USD1.05 billion and S&P Dow Jones with USD1.01 billion net inflows.