LONDON — January 14, 2016 — ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered US$82.0 billion in net new assets in 2015 which is 32.5% above the prior record level of US$61.8 billion gathered in 2014.  This marks the 14th consecutive month of positive net inflows.

During 2015 there has been growth on most measures: the number of ETFs/ETPs has increased from 2,089 to 2,188, assets under management have increased from US$458 billion to US$506 billion, and the number of providers has increased from 49 to 51. (click here to view the asset growth )

At the end of 2015, the European ETF/ETP industry had 2,188 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,683 listings, assets of US$506 Bn, from 51 providers on 25 exchanges, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s year-end 2015 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.

During 2015 record levels of net new assets have been gathered by ETFs/ETPs listed globally with net inflows of US$372.0 Bn marking a 10% increase over the prior record set in 2014. In Canada net inflows at US$13.1 Bn are up 8% over the prior record set in 2012 and in Europe net inflows climbed to US$82.0 Bn, representing a 45% increase on the record set in 2014.  In Japan, net inflows were up 142% on the prior record set in 2013, standing at US$39.5 Bn at the end of 2015.

2015 was a turbulent year for the markets due to uncertainty in China which spilled over into global markets, concerns about the Middle East and a collapse in energy prices.   The S&P 500 ended the year up 1%, emerging markets declined 14% on the heels of a stronger U.S. dollar and commodity price declines. Developed markets ended the year down 1% after recovering some losses in the fourth quarter.

The robust level of asset gathering in 2015 shows that more investors are using ETFs/ETPs in more ways due to the market turmoil: retail is using more ETFs through Robo-advisors, institutions are using ETFs as alternatives to futures, and financial advisors are using more ETFs especially in multi-asset portfolios.” according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner of ETFGI.

In December 2015, ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of US$9.3 Bn.  Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$8.0 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$2.0 Bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows with US$239 Mn.

In 2015, ETFs/ETPs have seen net inflows of US$82.0 Bn.  Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows in 2015 with US$50.3 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$27.0 Bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$975 Mn.

iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in December with US$5.2 Bn, followed by db x/db ETC with US$1.3 Bn and Lyxor AM with US$1.2 Bn net inflows.
In 2015, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with US$33.9 Bn, followed by db x/db ETC with US$11.5 Bn and Lyxor AM with US$9.8 Bn net inflows.

iShares is the largest ETF/ETP provider in terms of assets with US$233 Bn, reflecting 46.1% market share; db x/db ETC is second with US$61 Bn and 12.1% market share, followed by Lyxor AM with US$52 Bn and 10.3% market share. The top three ETF/ETP providers, out of 51, account for 68.4% of European ETF/ETP assets.

MSCI has the largest amount of ETF/ETP assets tracking its benchmarks reflecting 23.2% market share; STOXX is second with 22.1% market share, S&P Dow Jones is third  with 12.4% market share, followed by FTSERussell with 9.6%.

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