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European ETF and ETP assets reached record USD882.20 billion at the end of April 2019

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Assets invested in the European ETF/ETP industry finished the month up 2.60 per cent, from USD859.51 billion at the end of March to a record USD882.20 billion, according to ETFGI’s April 2019 European ETF and ETP industry landscape insights report.

ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of USD3.95 billion in April, bringing year-to-date net inflows to USD35.54 billion. 

“Markets appear to have returned to the relative calm they had grown accustomed to over the past few years. Returns for developed indices were higher in April compared to March. The S&P 500 finished April up 4.05 per cent, with year-to-date returns of 13.7 per cent, marking its best quarter since ‘09. The S&P Europe 350 fell -1.42 per cent in March, as economic data from the region continues to send mixed signals, bringing year-to-date returns to 11.85 per cent. The Topix 150 in Japan was up 1.14 per cent in April, bringing year-to-date returns of 3.77 per cent. Emerging & Frontier returns continued to outpace developed markets. The S&P Emerging BMI and Frontier BMI finished March up 1.11 per cent and -0.87 per cent per cent, bringing year to date returns to 6.12 per cent and 9.87 per cent, respectively.” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and founder of ETFGI.

At the end of April 2019, the European ETF/ETP industry had 2,330 ETFs/ETPs, from 69 providers listed on 29 exchanges. Following net inflows of USD3.95 billion and market moves during the month, assets invested in the European ETF/ETP industry increased by 2.60 per cent from USD859.51 billion at the end of March, to USD882.20 billion.
 
Equity ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe saw net outflows of USD726.00 million in April, bringing net inflows for 2019 to USD9.45 billion, substantially less than the USD21.27 billion in net inflows equity products had attracted by the end of April 2018. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe attracted net inflows of USD4.42 billion in April, bringing net inflows for 2019 to USD24.24 billion, considerably greater than the USD4.94 billion in net inflows fixed income products had attracted by the end of April 2018.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETF’s by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD8.21 billion in April, the iShares € High Yield Corp Bond UCITS ETF gathered USD836.85 million alone.

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