European ETFs/ETPs Assets Broke Through The $500 Billion Milestone In April

LONDON — May 11, 2015 — Assets in ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe broke through the US$500 billion milestone to reach a new record of US$511 billion at the end of April according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for April 2015.

April marked the 15th anniversary of the listing of the first ETFs in Europe. 15 years ago, on April 11, 2000, the first ETFs were listed in Europe: the LDRs DJ STOXX 50 and the LDRs DJ Euro STOXX 50 were listed on the Deutsche Boerse, sponsored by Merrill Lynch International. iShares acquired these ETFs in September 2003 and rebranded them the iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF (EUN1 GY) and the iShares Euro STOXX 50 UCITS ETF (EUN2 GY). A few weeks later on April 28th, 2000 the iShares FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (ISF LN) was listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Global ETFs/ETPs assets reach record levels in April

Record levels of assets were reached at the end of April for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$2.998 trillion, in the United States at US$2.132 trillion, Europe at US$511 billion, Asia Pacific ex-Japan at US$125 billion, Japan at US$112 billion and Canada at US$69.9 billion.

Market performance outside the United States contributed to the overall increase in assets invested in ETFs/ETPs.  Developed and emerging markets had a very good month, gaining 5% and 8%, respectively while in the United States the S&P 500 and Dow were up less than 1%”, according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.

In April 2015, ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe saw net inflows of US$3.4 Bn. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$4.8 Bn and commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of US$126 Mn, while equity ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows with US$2.1 Bn.

YTD through end of April 2015, ETFs/ETPs have seen a record level of net inflows of US$38.4 Bn, significantly higher than the US$20.4 Bn net inflows accumulated over the same period in 2014. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows YTD with US$18.2 Bn, followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with US$16.1 Bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$1.8 Bn.

db x-trackers/db ETC gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in April with US$1.2 Bn, followed by SPDR ETFs with US$593 Mn, UBS ETFs with US$554 Mn, Vanguard with US$480 Mn and Deka with US$435 Mn in net inflows.

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European ETFs/ETPs Assets Broke Through The $500 Billion Milestone In April