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European ETFs and ETP see net inflows of USD10.59bn in May


ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe reported net inflows of USD10.59 billion during May, bringing year-to-date net inflows to USD21.33 billion which is significantly less than the USD38.51 billion gathered at this point in 2019. Assets invested in the European ETFs/ETPs industry have increased by 4.6 per cent, from USD928.33 billion at the end of May, to USD971.21 billion, according to ETFGI’s May 2020 European ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. 

“The S&P 500 gained 4.8 per cent in May and remains only 5.0 per cent down from its level at the beginning of the year, as markets anticipated relief from a COVID-19-driven economic slowdown,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI. “Developed markets outside the U.S. were also up 4.8 per cent for the month with Sweden (up 9.9 per cent) and Germany (up 9.2 per cent) the top performers, while Hong Kong (down 7.7 per cent), was the only market to be down for the month due to recent political turmoil. Emerging markets lagged during the month, gaining 1.3 per cent as the economic impact of virus shutdowns remains somewhat more uncertain compared to developed regions.” 

At the end of May 2020, the European ETFs/ETPs industry had 2,224 ETFs/ETPs, with 8,473 listings, from 67 providers listed on 28 exchanges in 23 countries.    

ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of USD10.59 billion in May. Year to date, net inflows stand at USD21.33 billion. At this point last year there were net inflows of USD38.51 billion. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe reported net inflows of USD6.46 billion during May, bringing net inflows for the year 2020 to USD11.88 billion, significantly less than the USD25.11 billion in net inflows fixed income products had attracted at this point in 2019. Commodity ETFs/ETPs gathered USD3.37 billion in net inflows bringing net inflows to USD14.26 billion for 2020, which is much higher than the USD710 million in net inflows gathered year to date at this point in 2019. Equity ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of USD786 million in May, bringing year to date net outflows to USD6,321 Mn, which is less than the net inflows of USD10,346 million over the same period last year. 

Leveraged ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe had net inflows of USD1.56 billion during May, bringing net inflows for the year to USD2.56 Bn, much higher than the USD586 million in net outflows leveraged inverse products had reported at this point in 2019.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD6.03 billion during May. iShares USD High Yield Corp Bond UCITS ETF (IHYU LN) gathered USD567 billion alone.

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