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ETF and ETP Assets Still Soaring

Global assets held in exchange traded funds and products hit a record US$2.45 trillion in the first quarter of 2014, Debbi Fuhr at ETFGI reports.

Flows into ETFs and ETPs listed globally rebounded in March gathering net inflows of US$11.0 billion which, when combined with a small positive market performance in the month, pushed assets in the global ETF/ETP industry to a new record high of US$2.45 trillion, according to preliminary findings from ETFGI’s Q1 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report. Globally, there are now 5,204 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,219 listings, from 222 providers on 59 exchanges.

“March was the first month in 2014 when equity exposures gathered more net new assets than fixed income. Equity markets were choppy in March – the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high on March 7th but ended the month up less than 1%. Gains came at the end of the month after comments from Fed provided assurance that short-term rates would not increase earlier than expected. Outside the U.S., developed markets declined slightly while emerging markets gained 3%.” according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI.

In March 2014, ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of US$11.0 billion. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$9.9 Bn, followed by commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$876 Mn, while fixed income ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows with US$1.4 Bn.

In Q1 2014, ETFs/ETPs have gathered net inflows of US$33.0 Bn which is significantly below the US$73.1 Bn at this time last year. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered US$17.8 Bn – the largest net inflows YTD – followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with US$8.4 Bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows YTD with US$207 Mn.

Vanguard gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in March with US$5.3 Bn, followed by iShares with US$1.6 Bn and First Trust with US$1.2 Bn net inflows. Vanguard has also gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows YTD with US$14.7 Bn, followed by iShares with US$8.6 Bn and Nomura AM with US$4.9 Bn net inflows.
 

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