Data on inflows to “active” exchange traded funds and products listed globally increased by 57.3% over the past year to reach some $75.2bn, according to research from ETFGI.
The independent research and consultancy firm, said related assets grew by $27.4bn, more than double the previous year’s growth in assets of $11.20bn. Of the growth seen, net inflows accounted for $24.92bn – up some 154% on the rate of net inflows seen in 2016, ETFGI added.
The data comes on the 25th anniversary of the first ETF listed in the US, the SPDR S&P 500, which now alone accounts for assets of more than $271bn. December 2017 also marked the 36th consecutive month of net inflows to active ETFs/ETPs listed globally, with another $1.21bn gathered through the month, ETFGI stated.
By asst class, equity ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of $876m in December, taking full-year net inflows for 2017 to $7.2bn. Fixed income funds and products gathered $126m in December on the same basis, taking full-year net inflows to $16.43bn.
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