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Global ETF assets top USD5tn at the end of November

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ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD60.55 billion during November with all regions bar the Middle East and Africa continuing to to see positive net flows, according to figures released by ETFGI.

Total assets invested in the global ETF and ETP industry rose 2.33 per cent by the end of November, from USD4.95 trillion at the end of October, to USD5.06 trillion.

“While trade talks continue to make noise in the headlines, the very real prospect of slowing global growth appears to be filtering into market sentiment. A seemingly more reposed approach to monetary policy along with the China-US trade truce provided enough of a tailwind to lift US markets to finish in the green by the end of November, with the S&P 500 gaining 2.04 per cent over the month bringing the year-to-date gain to 5.11 per cent. Apart from the Eurozone, where various domestic issues continue to dominate, most developed markets closed the month with marginal gains, the S&P developed ex-US BMI was up 0.17 per cent in November with year-to-date declines of 9.66 per cent. EM and Frontier markets bounced back from the October fall, finishing up 4.61 per cent and 1.94 per cent respectively, softening year-to-date declines to 11.15 per cent and 8.95 per cent,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and a founder of ETFGI.

At the end of November 2018, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 7,636 ETFs/ETPs, with 14,913 listings, assets of USD5.06 trillion, from 395 providers listed on 71 exchanges in 57 countries. Following net inflows of USD60.55 billion and market moves during the month, assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally increased by 2.33 per cent, from USD4.95 trillion at the end of October 2018, to USD5.06 trillion.
 
Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally attracted net inflows of USD41.05 billion in November, growing net inflows for 2018 to USD312 billion, less than the USD418 billion in net inflows at this point last year. Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs listed globally saw net inflows of USD14.23 billion in November,  bringing net inflows for 2018 to USD86.4 billion, considerably less than the USD140 billion in net inflows at this point last year.  

November marked the 58th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally, Year-to-date in 2018 there have been net inflows of USD439 billion, less than the USD599 billion in net inflows at this point last year.

Substantial inflows during November can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD29.7 billion.  The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY US) gathered USD3.73 billion, the largest net inflow in November. 

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