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US ETF/ETP assets hit record high of USD24.6bn

Exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in the US gathered USD24.6bn in net new assets in June, pushing the industry to a new record high of USD1.86tn, according to data from ETFGI.

There are currently 1,613 US ETFs/ETPs, from 58 providers listed on three exchanges.

The ETF/ETP industry in most countries and regions reached new record highs in assets at the end of Q2 2014, including: globally USD2.64trn; in the US USD1.86trn; in Europe USD470bn; in Asia Pacific ex Japan USD96.7bn; in Japan USD90.1bn; in Canada USD65.7bn; and in the Middle East and Africa USD43.5bn.

“In June investors invested almost all net new money into equity exposures with the US and emerging markets being the preferred allocations. The S&P 500 index ended up seven per cent at the end of Q2 2014, closing at an all-time high (1,963) on 20 June. Internationally, developed markets gained two per cent and emerging markets are up four per cent. The positive equity market performance has helped to improve investor confidence during the first half of 2014,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.

YTD through end of June 2014 ETFs/ETPs have seen net inflows of USD73.2bn, which is at a similar level to prior years. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows YTD with USD49.2bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with USD21.0bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows YTD with USD2.41bn.

YTD Vanguard has gathered USD30.9bn, the largest net inflows, followed by iShares with USD26.0bn, First Trust with USD6.4bn, Guggenheim with USD4.39bn and Schwab with USD3.44bn in net inflows.

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