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ETFGI reports record-breaking 2017 for US-listed ETFs and ETPs


Assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in the United States increased by 34.3 per cent during 2017 to reach a new high of USD3.42 trillion at the end of December, according to new data released by ETFGI.

ETFGI’s December 2017 US ETF and ETP industry insights report reveals that assets invested in US-listed ETFs/ETPs grew by a record USD874 billion during 2017, over double the previous record of USD419 billion set in 2016. The increase of 34.3 per cent, from USD2.55 trillion at the end of 2016, also represents the greatest growth in assets since 2009 when markets recovered following the 2008 financial crisis.
This record was achieved on the eve of another milestone for the ETF industry: the 25th anniversary of the listing of the first ETF in the US, the venerable SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY US), on 22nd January 1993. At the end of 2017, SPY on its own accounted for assets of USD271 billion.
During 2017 ETFs/ETPs listed in the US saw record net inflows of USD468 billion; 68.0 per cent more than net inflows for 2016, and over double the average for net inflows over the previous 5 years. December 2017 also marked the 23rd consecutive month of net inflows into US-listed ETFs/ETPs, with USD44.3 billion gathered during the month.
The majority of these flows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD209 billion during 2017. The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV US) on its own accounted for net inflows of USD30.2 billion.
Similarly, the top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered USD7.80 billion during 2017.
US-listed Equity ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of USD38.9 billion in December, bringing net inflows for 2017 to USD336 billion. Fixed income ETFs and ETPs experienced net inflows of USD5.07 billion in December, growing net inflows for 2017 to USD111 billion.

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