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Assets invested in global ETFs and ETPs reach record USD7.99tn at the end of December 2020

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Assets invested in the global ETFs and ETPs industry have increased by 25.6 per cent from USD6.36 trillion to a new milestone of USD7.99 trillion at the end of December 2020.   

ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD92.30 billion during December, bringing year-to-date net inflows to a record USD762.87 billion which is higher than the USD568.98 billion gathered during 2019 and higher than the prior full year record of USD653.26 billion set in 2017, according to ETFGI’s December 2020 Global ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, the monthly report which is part of an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)

“The S&P 500 was up 3.8 per cent for December and finished the year at an all-time high, having added 18.4 per cent the year,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI. “Developed ex-US gained 5.5 per cent during December, concluding 2020 up 11.1 per cent. The S&P Emerging BMI gained 6.1 per cent during December, finishing 2020 up 15.5 per cent. Emerging BMI gained 6.1 per cent during December, and finished 2020 up 15.5 per cent.”

The Global ETF and ETP industry had 8,607 ETFs/ETPs, with 17,134 listings, assets of USD7.99 Bn, from 514 providers on listed on 75 exchanges in 60 countries at the end of 2020.

During December, ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of USD92.30 billion. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD62.84 billion during December, bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD365.67 billion, higher than the USD282.78 billion in net inflows equity products had attracted in 2019. Fixed Income ETFs/ETPs reported USD19.78 billion in net inflows bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD230.27 billion, which is slightly more than the USD227.66 billion in net inflows in 2019. Commodity ETFs/ETPs reported USD2.10 billion in net outflows bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD61.25 billion, which is significantly more than the USD18.64 billion in net inflows in 2019.  

Active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reported net inflows of USD13.99 billion during December, bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD91.20 billion, significantly more than the USD42.07 billion in net inflows active products attracted in 2019.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD41.82 billion during December, the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI US)gathered USD5.28 billion alone.

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