LONDON — January 13, 2016 — ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States gathered US$239.8 billion in net new assets in 2015 although it is a large amount it is less than the record US$244.3 billion gathered in 2014.    In December US$38.0 billion of net new assets were gathered making it the largest asset gathering month for the year and marking the 11th consecutive month of positive net inflows.

During 2015 there has been growth on most measures: the number of ETFs/ETPs has increased from 1,662 to 1,843, assets under management have increased from US$2.002 trillion to US$2.130 trillion, and the number of providers has increased from 71 to 94. (click here to view the asset growth )

At the end of 2015, the US ETF/ETP industry had 1,843 ETFs/ETPs, assets of US$2,130 Bn, from 94 providers on 3 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 the United States saw net inflows of US$38.1 Bn.  Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$36.0 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$1.3 Bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows of US$612 Mn.

In 2015, ETFs/ETPs have seen net inflows of US$239.8 Bn.  Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows in 2015 with US$172.7 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$50.3 Bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$ 249 Mn.

Year to date iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in 2015 with US$105.9 Bn, followed by Vanguard with US$76.3 Bn and WisdomTree with US$16.9 Bn net inflows.

iShares is the largest ETF/ETP provider in terms of assets with US$824 Bn, reflecting 38.7% market share; Vanguard is second with US$482 Bn and 22.6% market share, followed by SPDR ETFs with US$414 Bn and 19.4% market share. The top three ETF/ETP providers, out of 94, account for 80.8% of US ETF/ETP assets.

S&P Dow Jones has the largest amount of ETF/ETP assets tracking its benchmarks with 34.1% market share; MSCI is second with 14.9% market share, followed by FTSE Russell with 14.3% and Barclays with 11.5% market share.

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