Globe and money

Assets in ETFs and ETPs reach new high of USD1.9trn

Global exchange-traded fund and exchange-traded product assets reached an all-time high of USD1.9trn at the end of November 2012, according to figures from ETFGI.

Assets in ETFs and ETPs reached all-time highs of USD1.3trn in the US, USD359bn in Europe, USD78.7bn in Asia Pacific (ex-Japan), USD46.9bn in Japan and USD11.6bn in Latin America.

Year to date through end of November 2012, ETF and ETP assets have increased by 23.8 per cent from USD1.5trn to USD1.9trn.

Over the past 10 years the global compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of these products has been 30.2 per cent. There are currently 4,726 ETFs and ETPs, with 9,719 listings, assets of USD1.9trn, from 208 providers on 56 exchanges.

With the outcomes of the US elections and super storm Sandy known, and a sense among investors that a solution to the looming fiscal cliff will be negotiated, USD9bn was invested into ETFs and ETPs providing exposure to US equity indices, reversing nearly all of the outflows during October. Overall, USD 21.3bn of net new money went into ETFs and ETPs in the month of November. 

Looking year to date through end of November 2012, ETFs and ETPs saw net inflows of USD223bn, USD69bn above the level of net new assets at this time last year. Equity ETFs and ETPs have gathered the largest net inflows accounting for USD127bn followed by fixed income ETFs and ETPs with USD61bn and commodity ETFs and ETPs capturing USD22bn.

“We are likely to end 2012 with a record level of assets in ETFs and ETPs and with a record level of net new assets invested into the products during the year,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.

Equity focused ETFs and ETPs have gathered USD127bn which is USD36bn more than all of last year. Products providing exposure to North American equity indices have been the most popular receiving USD62bn, followed by emerging market equity with USD38bn and Asia Pacific equity with USD9.6bn.

Fixed income ETFs and ETPs have proven to be very popular tools this year with USD61bn in net new assets, gathering USD16bn more than all of last year. Corporate bond products have gathered the largest net inflows with USD24.5bn, followed by high yield with USD14bn.

Commodity flows at USD22.5bn are USD5.5bn above this time last year. Precious metals have gathered the largest net inflows with USD19.8bn, while agriculture experienced the largest net outflows with USD1.4bn.

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