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Global ETF and ETP assets extend lead over hedge fund industry to USD2.39 trillion at the end of June 2019

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ETFs and ETPs listed globally have extended their lead over assets invested in the global hedge fund industry to USS2.39 trillion at the end of Q2 2019, an increase of 7.98 per cent over the gap at the end of Q1 2019, according to ETFGI’s Q2 2019 Global ETF and ETP industry landscape insights report.

The Global Hedge Fund industry saw assets rise to USD3.25 trillion, with net outflows of USD4.9 billion during the quarter (source HFR). According to analysis by ETFGI, USD5.64 trillion were invested in 7,909 ETFs/ETPs listed globally at the end of Q2 2019 representing growth in assets of 4.46 per cent. Over the same period Hedge Fund assets reached a new record level of USD3.25 trillion representing growth in assets of 2.01 per cent according to a report by Hedge Fund Research.

The HFRI Fund weighted composite index returned 7.44 per cent in the first half of 2019, the strongest first half since 2009. Growth in assets in the ETF/ETP industry has outpaced growth in the hedge fund industry since the financial crisis in 2008. In Q2 2019 the return of the S&P 500 Index was better than the performance of the HFRI Fund weighted Composite index: 4.31 per cent vs 1.89 per cent, respectively.

During the second quarter of 2019, ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered USD209.50 billion in net inflows, according to ETFGI’s Global ETF and ETP industry insights report. In contrast, HFR reported net outflows of USD4.90 billion into hedge funds over the same period.

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