Record levels of assets were reached at the end of Q1 for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$2.926 trillion, in the United States at US$2.094 trillion, Asia Pacific ex-Japan at US$119.6 billion and Japan at US$109.3 billion, according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for Q1.
The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,669 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,961 listings, from 247 providers listed on 63 exchanges in 51 countries.
Record levels of net new assets (NNA) have been reached in Q1 by ETFs/ETPs listed globally, gathering US$95.99 billion – a significant increase on the US$37.20 billion in Q1 2014. Products listed in the United States gathered US$57.53 billion which is considerably higher than the US$15.06 billion gathered in Q1 2014, while ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered US$34.97 billion, which is more than double the US$11.17 billion gathered in Q1 2014. ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan gathered NNA of US$10.61 billion, which is greater than the US$7.7 billion in Q1 2014.
“With the ECB beginning QE investors have allocated the majority of net new assets to European equities. Developed markets were up 4% and emerging markets were up 2% Q1 while in the US had a turbulent first quarter with the S&P 500 ending Q1 up 1%” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.
YTD through end of Q1 2015, ETFs/ETPs have seen net inflows of US$95.99 Bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows YTD with US$49.34 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$31.44 Bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$6.73 Bn.
iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows YTD with US$38.80 Bn, followed by Vanguard with US$23.38 Bn, WisdomTree with US$13.28 Bn and DB/x-trackers with US$11.45 Bn in net inflows.