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August ETF inflows give new high in assets


ETF data provider ETFGI reports that assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a new high of USD5.23 trillion, following net inflows of USD35.59 billion and market moves during August.

The firm writes that strong inflows during the month were primarily gathered by ETFs providing exposure to US equities and it was the 55th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally.
“On August 22, 2018 the S&P 500 marked its longest bull market –  3,453 days, without a bear market – a 20 per cent drop from the index’s 52-week high. August was a strong month for US equities with economic strength and strong corporate earnings pushing the S&P 500 to reach record highs and gain 3.26 per cent during the month and up 9.94 per cent year to date.
“Most non-US markets suffered declines during August due to investors’ concerns over trade tensions, Brexit, currency crises and a fear of contagion.  Developed markets ex US declined 1.44 per cent in August while up 0.46 per cent YTD, EM markets were down 3.51 per cent and are down 0.81 per cent YTD and Frontier markets were down 4.50 per cent and are down 1.66 per cent YT,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and a founder of ETFGI.
At the end of August 2018, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 7,505 ETFs/ETPs, with 14,512 listings, assets of USD5.23 trillion, from 382 providers listed on 69 exchanges in 57 countries. Following net inflows of USD35.59 billion and market moves during the month, assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally increased by 2.15 per cent, from USD5.12 trillion in July 2018 to USD5.23 trillion.
Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered record net inflows of USD29.10 billion in August, bringing net inflows for 2018 to USD206.24 billion, less than the USD290.64 billion in net inflows at this point last year. 
Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD7.47 billion in August, growing net inflows for 2018 to USD66.86 billion which is less than the USD111.14 billion in net inflows at this point last year. 
August marked the 55th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally, Year-to-date in 2018 there have been net inflows of USD299 billion, which is less than the USD434 billion in net inflows at this point last year.
ETFGI writes that substantial inflows during August can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD27.13 billion.  The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV US) gathered USD6.59 billion, the largest net inflows in August.

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