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ETFs break through USD5trn record in assets under management

ETF data provider ETFGI reports that assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally broke through the USD5 trillion milestone at the end of January 2018.

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally increased by a record 6.47 per cent, or USD313 billion, during January, to reach a new high of USD5.15 trillion, beating the prior record of USD4.84 trillion set in December 2017.

In January 2018, ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD106 billion, beating the prior record of USD68.3 billion set in February 2017. Assets in Equity ETFs/ETPs increased by 7.49 per cent in January, which is significantly more than the 1.73 per cent increase in Fixed Income ETFs/ETPs.

According to assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally grew by a record USD313 billion in January. The increase of 6.47 per cent, from USD4.84 trillion at the end of 2017, also represents the greatest monthly growth in assets since March 2016, which saw a monthly increase of USD221 billion.

January 2018 also marked the 48th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally, with USD106 billion gathered during the month; 68.6 per cent more than net inflows at this point last year. The majority of these flows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD62.6 billion in January 2018. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY US) on its own accounted for net inflows of USD19.8 billion.
ETFGI reports that the top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered USD3.55 billion year-to-date during 2018. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD87.7 billion in January and Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs gathered net inflows of USD11.6 billion. Investors have tended to invest in core, market cap and lower cost ETFs in January 2018.

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