ETF Industry AUM Nears $5T Milestone

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ETF Industry AUM Nears $5T Milestone

ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally increased by 36.3% during 2017 to reach a new high of US$4.835 Trillion at the end of December. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)

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Highlights
•    Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally increased by a record $1.287 trillion during the year, to reach a new high of $4.835 trillion.
•     According to ETFGI’s December 2017 global ETF and ETP industry insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service, assets invested in globally-listed ETFs and ETPs grew by $1.287 trillion YTD.
•     Year-to-date, through end of December 2017, ETFs and ETPs listed globally saw record net inflows of $653.97 Bn.

According to ETFGI’s December 2017 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service, assets invested in globally-listed ETFs/ETPs grew by a record US$1.287 Trillion during 2017, over double the previous record of US$554.00 Bn set in 2016. The increase of 36.3%, from US$3.548 Trillion at the end of 2016, also represents the greatest growth in assets since 2009 when markets recovered following the 2008 financial crisis.
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This record was achieved on the eve of another milestone for the ETF industry: the 25th anniversary of the listing of the first ETF in the US, the venerable SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY US), on 22nd January 1993. At the end of 2017, SPY on its own accounted for assets of US$271.39 Bn.

During 2017 ETFs/ETPs listed globally saw record net inflows of US$653.97 Bn; 67.4% more than net inflows for 2016, and over double the average for net inflows over the previous 5 years. December 2017 also marked the 47th consecutive month of net inflows into globally-listed ETFs/ETPs, with US$53.81 Bn gathered during the month.
The majority of these flows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered US$228.52 Bn during 2017. The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV US) on its own accounted for net inflows of US$30.20 Bn.

Top 20 ETFs by net new assets: Global
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Similarly, the top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered US$10.69 Bn year-to-date during 2017.

 Top 10 ETPs by net new assets: Global
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Globally-listed Equity ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of US$52.10 Bn in December, bringing net inflows for 2017 to US$475.17 Bn. Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs experienced net inflows of US$1.91 Bn in December, growing net inflows for 2017 to US$138.36 Bn.

To conclude, investors have tended to invest in lower cost and core ETFs in 2017 with the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV US) accumulating net inflows of US$30.20 Bn and a TER of 4bp.

Please contact deborah.fuhr@etfgi.com if you would like to discuss the cost to subscribe to any of ETFGI’s  research or consulting services. 

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