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Global ETF/ETP assets broke through the USD7tn milestone at the end of August 2020, says ETFGI


Assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally broke through the USD7 trillion milestone at the end of August, according to the latest data released by ETFGI.

During the month ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD55.18 billion, bringing year-to-date net inflows to USD428.25 billion which is significantly higher than the USD272.62 billion gathered at this point last year.  

Assets invested in the global ETFs/ETPs industry have increased by 5.1 per cent, from USD6.66 trillion at the end of July 2020, to USD7 trillion at the end of August, according to ETFGI’s August 2020 Global ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, the monthly report which is part of an annual paid-for research subscription service. 

“The S&P 500 enjoyed its best August since 1986, gaining 7.2 per cent in the month and up 9.7 per cent year to date,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI. “The 24 developed ex-US markets were all up for the month with the index up 5.5 per cent – Norway (up 8.9 per cent) and Japan (up 7.9 per cent) gained most, while Iberian countries Spain (up 1.9 per cent) and Portugal (up 0.2 per cent) gained least. Emerging markets gained 2.7 per cent in August, with the US dollar weakness and virus responses impacting performance.” 

At the end of August 2020, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 8,287 ETFs/ETPs, with 16,495 listings, assets of USD7 trillion, from 474 providers listed on 73 exchanges in 59 countries.

During August 2020, ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of USD55.19 billion. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally reported net inflows of USD24.82 billion during August, bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD137.74 billion, significantly more than the USD87.63 billion in net inflows equity products had attracted YTD in 2019. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD19.99 billion at the end of month, bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD160.61 billion, higher than the USD147.99 billion in net inflows fixed income products had attracted YTD in 2019. Active ETFs/ETPs reported USD7.82 billion in net inflows bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD43.24 billion, which is much greater than the USD24.62 billion in net inflows reported through August 2019.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD25.56 billion at the end of August, the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA US) gathered USD2.18 billion alone.

The top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered USD3.40 billion in August. The iShares Gold Trust – Acc (IAU US) gathered USD897.02 million alone.

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