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US ETF and ETP assets reach new high of USD3.73tn at the end of September 2018

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ETFs and ETPs listed in the US reached a new high of USD3.73 trillion in assets, following net inflows of USD36.2 billion in September, according to ETFGI’s September 2018 Global ETF and ETP industry landscape insights report.

Equity products gathered the largest net inflows during September with USD28.5 billion, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced the greatest net outflows with USD281 million.

“Developed markets were broadly up during September following positive economic data from the US, Japan and Eurozone, despite the US-China trade dispute and on-going political tension in Europe. Developed Markets ex-US gained 0.68 per cent during the month while the S&P 500’s winning streak tapered off, gaining only 0.57 per cent, with mid to small cap US equities closing down. Developing markets downward trend continued, with EM markets down 1.37 per cent and Frontier markets down 0.18 per cent, bringing year to date declines to 8.08 per cent and 7.56 per cent, respectively,” says to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and a founder of ETFGI.

At the end of September 2018, the US ETF/ETP industry had 2,188 ETFs/ETPs, assets of USD3.73 trillion, from 144 providers listed on three exchanges. Due to net inflows and market moves the assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in the US increased by 0.54 per cent, from USD3.71 Tn in August 2018 to USD3.73 trillion.

Equity ETFs/ETPs listed in the US gathered net inflows of USD28.5 billion in September,  bringing net inflows for 2018 to USD137.97 billion, less than the USD223.2 billion  in net inflows at this point last year. 

Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs listed in the US gathered net inflows of USD4.66 billion in September,  growing net inflows for 20 18 to USD56.16 billion, less than the USD94.7 billion in net inflows at this point last year.  

Commodity ETFs/ETPs listed in the US saw net outflow of USD281 million in September, bringing net outflows for 2018 to USD3.84 billion, greater than the USD1.93 billion in net inflows at this point last year.

A large proportion of net inflows in September can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD25.64 billion. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY US) gathered USD5.01 billion, the largest net inflows in September. 
 

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