ETF/ETP assets reach global record high

ETF/ETP assets reach global record high

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded products (ETPs) listed globally reached $2.64trn in assets, a new record high, at the end of Q2 2014, according to ETFGI.

New nets assets reached $106.4bn in June and $126.6bn year to date, .

There are now 5,359 ETFs/ETPs globally, with 10,401 listings, from 219 providers listed on 59 exchanges.

“In June investors invested almost all net new money into equity exposures with the US and emerging markets being the preferred allocations. Internationally, developed markets gained 2% and emerging markets are up 4%,” said according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.

“The positive equity market performance has helped to improve investor confidence during the first half of 2014.”

In most countries and regions the ETF/ETP industry reached new record highs in assets at the end of Q2 2014, including. In the US assets reached $1.86trn, in Europe $470bn, in Asia Pacific excluding Japan $96.7bn, in Japan $90.1bn, in Canada US$65.7bn and  $43.5bn in the Middle East and Africa.

ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe gathered US$5.76bn in net new assets in June and $32.1bn year to date, which outpaces the previous high of $20.5bn at this point in 2011.

Europe’s new record high of $470bn is invested in 2,059 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,227 listings, from 50 providers listed on 25 exchanges.

At the end of Q2 ETFs/ETPs had gathered a record level of $126.6bn in net inflows. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered $84.2bn, followed by fixed income with $36.5bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs had net outflows of $3.0bn.

Year to date, iShares gathered the largest in net inflows, $38.0bn, followed by Vanguard with $34.7bn, First Trust with $6.51bn, Nomura AM with $4.66bn and Guggenheim with $4.39bn.

Assets in iShares' ETFs/ETPs surpassed $1trn at the end of Q2 2014. In the past two years assets invested in these products have increased by $351bn, while iShares’ market share has declined by nearly 1% to 37.9%.

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