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ETF data provider ETFGI reports that assets invested in actively-managed ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a record high of USD79.3 billion at the end of January 2018, shattering the previous record of USD75.2 billion set at the end of 2017.

Assets invested in actively-managed ETFs/ETPs listed globally increased by a record USD4.11 billion during January to reach a new record high of USD79.3 billion.

In January 2018, actively-managed ETFs/ETPs listed globally saw net inflows of USD3.08 billion. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD1.47 billion, followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with USD1.22 billion.

During January 2018 assets invested in Active ETFs/ETPs increased by USD4.11 billion, or 5.47 per cent. According to ETFGI’s data this growth represents the greatest absolute monthly increase in assets on record. The previous record was set in June 2017, when assets grew by USD3.19 billion.

The majority of this growth is attributable to actively-managed ETFs/ETPs listed in the US, where invested assets increased by USD2.73 billion over the month. In terms of asset class, assets invested in actively-managed fixed income ETFs/ETPs and equity ETFs/ETPs globally increased by similar amounts; USD1.70 billion and USD1.69 billion, respectively.

January 2018 also marked the 37th consecutive month of net inflows into actively-managed ETFs and ETPs, with USD3.08 billion gathered during the month. According to ETFGI’s data monthly net inflows into these products have only exceeded USD3.08 billion once, in May 2017, when actively-managed ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered USD3.30 billion.

The majority of these flows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD2.30 billion in January 2018. The PIMCO US Dollar Short Maturity ETF (MINT LN) on its own accounted for net inflows of USD439 million.

Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD1,468 million, followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with USD1,223 million, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with USD263 million, while currency ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows with USD19 million.

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