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Global assets invested in ETFs and ETPs hit a new record of USD8.30 trillion at the end of February 2021


Assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed around the world reach a new record of USD8.30 trillion at the end of February. having gathered the highest ever monthly net inflows of USD139.46 billion during the month, bringing year-to-date net inflows to a record level of USD222.54 billion. 

Assets invested in the global ETFs/ETPs industry have increased by 3.0 per cent from USD8.06 trillion at the end of January 2021, to USD8.30 trillion at the end of February, according to ETFGI’s February 2021 Global ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, the monthly report which is part of an annual paid-for research subscription service. 

“Despite a sell-off in the last week of the month, the S&P 500 gained of 2.76 per cent in February, driven by optimism on Covid-19 vaccines, as well as continued monetary and fiscal stimulus,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder, and owner of ETFGI. “Developed markets ex- the US ended the month up 2.50 per cent while Emerging markets were up by 1.50 per cent for the month. The leaders of the developed market in February were Hong Kong  (6.03 per cent), Canada (5.66 per cent) and Spain (5.32 per cent).” 

The Global ETF/ETP industry had had 8,749 ETFs/ETPs, with 17,421 listings, assets of USD8.30 trillion, from 528 providers listed on 77 exchanges in 62 countries at the end of February.

During February 2021, ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD139.46 billion Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD110.80 billion over February, bringing net inflows for 2021 to USD159.89 billion, greater than the USD37.87 billion in net inflows equity products had attracted YTD in 2020. Fixed Income ETFs/ETPs reported USD9.08 billion in net inflows bringing net inflows for 2021 to USD22.33 billion, which is lower than the USD35.74 billion in net inflows fixed income products had attracted YTD in 2020. Commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of USD2.04 billion in February, bringing YTD net inflows to USD791 million, which is much less than the net inflows of USD9.29 billion over the same period last year.  Active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reported net inflows of USD16.90 billion during February, bringing net inflows for 2021 to USD33.80 billion, much higher than the USD12.47 billion in net inflows active products had attracted YTD in 2020

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD60.61 billion during February, Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO US) gathered USD11.53 billion.

The top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered USD3.37 billion over February. ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures (UVXY US) gathered USD1.10 billion.

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