In the first three quarters of 2015 record levels of net new assets have been gathered by ETFs/ETPs listed globally with net inflows of $251.5bn marking a 25% increase over the prior record set at this time last year.
In the United States net inflows reached $146.4bn, which is 8.5% higher than the prior record set in 2012, while in Europe year to date (YTD) net inflows climbed to $61.6bn, representing a 30% increase on the record set YTD through end of September 2014.
In Japan, YTD net inflows were up 143% on the record set last year, standing at $36.4bn at the end of September 2015.
“Uncertainty on China and when the Fed will raise interest rates continues to weigh the markets and investor sentiment. The S&P 500 decreased 2.6% in September, and is down 6.7% year to date,” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.
The European ETF/ETP industry had 2,145 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,582 listings, assets of $480bn, from 49 providers listed on 25 exchanges in 21 countries at the end of September 2015.
ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of $2bn in Sept 2015. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $1.3bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $456m, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows of $274m.
YTD, ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe have seen net inflows of $61.6bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows YTD with $36.1bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $20.2bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs have gathered net inflows of $811m.
iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in September with $795m, followed by UBS ETFs with US$621 Mn and Source with $363m net inflows.
YTD, iShares has gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with $21.7bn, followed by db x trackers with $9.4bn, Lyxor AM with $8.2m, UBS ETFs with $7.1bn and Vanguard with $3.4bn in net inflows.