MSCI, which manufactures indices used by ETF providers, has reported that assets of ETFs linked to its indices grew more than 12% in the first quarter of 2015 to some $418bn.
Some 56 products based on MSCI indices were launched in the period, which MSCI said was three times more than the next index provider.
So called factor indices continue to attract ETF manufacturer and investor interest. With 11 new factor index based ETFs launched in the period, these attracted $4.4bn or 31% of total asset flows to the category.
Assets under management in ETFs linked to the MSCI Minimum Volatility indices hit $13bn, while assets in ETFs tracking the MSCI USA Quality index passed the $1bn mark.
Global currency hedged ETF assets attracted $28bn in new assets, with half of those flows going to ETFs linked to MSCI Currency Hedged indices. MSCI said that there are 68 currency-hedged ETFs globally linked to its indices.
Baer Pettit, managing director and global head of Products, said: “Following strong growth in the number of ETFs tracking our indexes in 2014, this year is off to a record-setting start. As the industry grows in size and complexity, we intend to maintain our position as the first choice of ETF providers who are looking for both leading-edge innovation and exceptional quality.”
MSCI said that more than 730 ETFs track its indices globally, which it said is more than any other index provider.