ETF data provider ETFGI reports that assets invested in Smart Beta ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a record high of USD696 billion at the end of January 2018, shattering the previous record of USD658 billion set at the end of 2017.
The sector increased by a record USD37.8 billion during January to reach that new high and in January 2018, Smart Beta ETFs and ETPs listed globally saw net inflows of USD9.43 billion.
Multi Factor smart beta products gathered the largest net inflows with USD4.55 billion, followed by Value Factor with USD1.34 billion.
ETFGI also reports that January 2018 also marked the 24th consecutive month of net inflows into Smart Beta ETFs and ETPs, with USD9.43 billion gathered during the month. The majority of these flows can be attributed to the top 20 Smart Beta ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD7.23 billion in January 2018. The iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (MTUM US) on its own accounted for net inflows of USD1.35 billion.
Multi Factor smart beta products gathered the largest net inflows with USD4.55 billion, followed by Value Factor products with USD1.34 billion and Performance/Momentum factor products with USD1.00 billion. Investors have tended to invest in lower cost and momentum factor Smart Beta products in January, ETFGI notes.