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ETF data provider ETFGI reports that ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe gathered USD1.46 billion in net inflows during March 2018, the lowest monthly amount since June 2015 when net inflows were USD882.99 million. 

Year-to-date net inflows for 2018 reached USD27.40 billion at the end of March which is less than the USD35.37 billion in net inflows at this point last year. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)
 
Net new assets gathered by ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe were USD1.46 billion, the lowest monthly net inflows since June 2015, which saw USD882.99 million.
 
March 2018 marked the 42nd consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe, says ETFGI. Due to market moves assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe decreased by 0.75 per cent, or USD6.26 billion, during March, to USD825.76 billion. 
 
According to ETFGI’s March 2018 European ETF and ETP industry insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service, assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in in Europe decreased by USD6.26 billion during March 2018.
 
At the end of March 2018, the European ETF industry had 1,654 ETFs, with 6,257 listings, assets of USD784.89 billion, from 55 providers on 25 exchanges in 22 countries. At the end of March 2018, the European ETF/ETP industry had 2,302 ETFs/ETPs, with 7,515 listings, assets of USD825.76 billion, from 65 providers on 26 exchanges in 22 countries.
 
March 2018 marked the 42nd consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe. The USD1.46 billion gathered during the month was 87.13 per cent less than the USD11.36 billion in net inflows during this month last year.
 
The majority of net new inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD14.02 billion during 2018, says ETFGI. The iShares USD Treasury Bond 7-10yr UCITS ETF (IBTM LN) on its own accounted for net inflows of USD1.30 billion.
 
Similarly, the top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered USD1.09 billion year-to-date during 2018.
 
Equity ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of USD1.53 billion during March, bringing net inflows for 2018 to USD22.65 billion, which is slightly greater than the USD21.23 billion in net inflows at this point last year. Fixed income ETFs and ETPs suffered net outflows of USD380.48 million, bringing net inflows for 2018 to USD3.46 billion, which is less than the USD7.82 billion in net inflows at this point last year.
 
Investors have tended to invest in fixed income ETFs in March 2018, with the iShares USD Treasury Bond 7-10yr UCITS ETF (IBTM LN) and iShares J.P. Morgan EM Local Govt Bond UCITS ETF (SEML LN) capturing most of the flows.

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