Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record high of $2.919trn (€2.7trn) at the end of February 2015, according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for February.
The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,632 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,902 listings, from 245 providers listed on 63 exchanges in 51 countries. ETFGI expects the assets to break through the $3trn (€2.8trn) milestone in the first half of 2015. There were $50.7bn (€47.2bn) in net new asset (NNA) inflows in February – the second largest NNA month on record.
In February 2015, equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $30.4bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $15.6 Bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with $2.9bn in net inflows. On a YTD basis the net new asset flows into fixed income, commodities, active ETFs and globally are at record levels at $28.8 Bn, US$8.0 Bn, US$2.7 Bn and US$62.0 Bn respectively.
iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in February with $19.9bn, followed by Vanguard with $5.9bn and SPDR ETFs with $4.3bn net inflows. On a YTD basis, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with $26.9bn, followed by Vanguard with $15.7bn and WisdomTree with $6.8bn net inflows.
“Investors allocated the majority of net new assets to equities as the US market rebounded from a difficult January to end February with both the S&P 500 and the Dow up 6% for the month. Volatility declined during the month. Developed markets were up 6% for the month, while emerging and frontier markets were up 3%” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.
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