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ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan gathered net inflows of USD9bn during December 2018

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ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan gathered net new assets of USD9 billion during December 2018, marking 14 consecutive months of net inflows, according to ETFGI’s December 2018 Japan ETF and ETP industry insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service.

Year-to-date, for the whole of 2018, ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan have seen record net inflows of USD72.4 billion, surpassing the previous record for annual net inflows set in 2017 with USD52.6 billion.
 
Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan have decreased by 4.0 per cent over the month, from USD321 billion at the end of November to USD308 billion at the end of December 2018. Year-to-date, assets have increased by 11.6 per cent from USD276 billion at the end of 2017. At the end of December 2018, the Japanese ETF/ETP industry had 212 ETFs/ETPs, with 247 listings, from 19 providers on two exchanges.
 
“The end of 2018 saw the trend in developed markets reverse, and although arguably predictable, the severity left many pundits scratching their heads. This end of year stress has widely been attributed to the disruption caused by trade disputes feeding into economic data, and the view policy makers are not going to be quite as accommodating as initially expected. The S&P 500 returned -9.03 per cent during December, and down -4.38 per cent for 2018. Developed markets ex-US fell -4.62 per cent during December, led by Japan and Canada, bringing the yearly return to -13.21 per cent. Relatively speaking, EM and FM fared the month better, returning -2.68 per cent and -3.15 per cent, finishing 2018 -13.53 per cent and -11.82 per cent, respectively,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and founder of ETFGI.
 
Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows in December 2018 with USD8.29 billion, followed by leveraged ETFs/ETPs with USD1.17 billion, while leveraged inverse ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows with USD399 million. Similarly, for the whole of 2018, equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with USD70.0 billion, followed by leveraged ETFs/ETPs with USD3.91 billion, while leveraged inverse ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows with USD1.14 billion.
 
The bank of Japan purchased USD7.05 billion of ETF assets during December, bringing total ETF purchases to approximately USD212 billion.
 
A high proportion of net inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD100 billion. The TOPIX Exchange Traded Fund (1306 JP) on its own accounted for net inflows of USD2.17 billion.

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