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Assets invested in actively managed ETFs and ETPs reached a new high of USD104 billion in August


Assets invested in actively managed ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a new high of USD104 billion, following net inflows of USD2.86 billion and market moves during August, according to data released by ETFGI.

Actively managed ETFs/ETPs in the US and Canada attracted the greatest net inflows, while actively managed ETFs/ETPs in Europe saw net outflows, according to ETFGI’s August 2018 Global Active ETF and ETP industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. 
Total Assets in actively managed ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a record USD104 billion in August. Net new assets gathered by actively managed ETFs/ETPs listed globally were USD2.86 billion in August, the 43rd consecutive month of net inflows into actively managed ETFs/ETPs listed globally. 
“On 22 August 2018 the S&P 500 marked its longest bull market – 3,453 days, without a bear market – a 20 per cent drop from the indexes’ 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 YTD,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and a founder of ETFGI.
At the end of August 2018, the Global Active ETF/ETP industry had 579 ETFs/ETPs, with 708 listings, assets of USD104 billion, from 121 providers listed on 20 exchanges. Following net inflows of USD2.86 and market moves during the month, assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally increased by 4.80 per cent, from USD99.6 billion in July 2018 to USD104 billion.
Actively managed Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD2.09 billion in August,  growing net inflows for 2018 to USD15.44 billion, greater than the USD11.94 billion in net inflows at this point last year.  Actively managed Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD153 MILLION in August, bringing net inflows for 2018 to USD461 MILLION, substantially less than the USD3.93 billion in net inflows at this point last year. 
August marked the 43rd consecutive month of net inflows into actively managed ETFs/ETPs listed globally. Year-to-date in 2018 actively managed products have seen net inflows of USD24.1 billion, greater than the USD16.45 billion in net inflows at this point last year.
A large proportion of net inflows during August can be attributed to the top 20 actively managed ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD2.33 billion.  The JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF (JPST US) gathered USD572 million, the largest net inflows in August. 

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