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Global smart Beta ETFs and ETPs gathered net inflows of USD12.42 billion in December


Equity-based Smart Beta ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD12.42 billion during December, according to ETFGI’s December 2018 ETF and ETP Smart Beta industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service.

Total assets invested in the global Smart Beta ETF and ETP industry decreased 7.08 per cent, from USD665 billion at the end of November, to USD618 billion.
“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.
At the end of December 2018, there were 1,298 Smart Beta classified ETFs/ETPs, with 2,363 listings, assets of USD618 billion, from 159 providers listed on 40 exchanges in 32 countries. Following net inflows of USD12.42 billion and market moves during the month, assets invested in Smart Beta ETFs/ETPs listed globally decreased by 7.08 per cent, from USD665 billion at the end of November 2018, to USD618 billion.
Value factor ETFs and ETPs continued to attract the greatest monthly net inflows, seeing USD4.60 billion in December, bringing 2018 net inflows to USD22.47 billion. Multi-Factor ETFs and ETPs saw the greatest outflows during the month, amounting to USD81 million, bringing year-to-date inflows to USD18.52 billion.
Substantial inflows during December can be attributed to the top 20 Smart Beta ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD8.99 billion. The iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (USMV US) maintained its place at the top of the leader board for net new assets, following inflows of USD1.15 billion in November, the fund saw USD1.64 billion in net inflow in December. 

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