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ETFGI reports fiftieth month of net inflows into ETFs

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ETF data provider ETFGI reports that ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered USD18.99 billion in net inflows in March 2018.

The firm writes that year to date 2018 net inflows are at USD137.12 billion which is less than the USD197.28 billion in net inflows at this point last year.
 
March 2018 marked the 50th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally and, the firm reports, the majority of these net inflows have gone into lows cost, core and market cap ETFs/ETPs.
 
According to ETFGI, assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally decreased by USD49.33 billion in March 2018. The decrease of 1.00 per cent, from USD4.968 trillion at the end of February 2018 to USD4.919 trillion, also represents the lowest monthly growth in assets since February 2018, when assets decreased by 3.50 per cent from USD5.148 trillion to USD4.968 trillion.
 
At the end of March 2018, ETFGI reports that the global ETF industry had 5,489 ETFs, with 11,355 listings, assets of USD4.746 trillion, from 331 providers on 67 exchanges in 56 countries. At the end of March 2018, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 7,389 ETFs/ETPs, with 13,926 listings, assets of USD4.919 trillion, from 368 providers on 69 exchanges in 57 countries.
 
March 2018 marked the 50th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally, with USD18.99 billion gathered during the month; 71.55 per cent less than USD66.28 billion net inflows during this month last year.
 
The majority of the monthly net new inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD73.69 billion during 2018. The iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA US) on its own accounted for net inflows of USD14.57 billion, ETFGI writes.
 
Similarly, the top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered USD1.09 billion year-to-date during 2018. Globally-listed Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of USD9.77 billion in March, bringing net inflows for 2018 to USD101.01 billion which is less than the USD142.79 billion in net inflows at this point last year. Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs gathered net inflows of USD3.77 billion in March, growing net inflows for 2018 to USD17.49 billion which is less than the USD40.20 billion in net inflows at this point last year.
 
Investors have tended to invest in core, market cap and lower cost ETFs in March 2018 with the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA US) and TOPIX Exchange Traded Fund (1306 JP) capturing most of the flows. ETFGI writes that the good performance of Japanese ETFs is to be noted, with three in the top five in YTD net inflows.

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