Japan ETFs hit new record high in assets

ETF data provider ETFGI reports that assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan reached a record high of USD313 billion at the end of July 2018, surpassing the previous record of USD312 billion set at the end of June 2018.

Year-to-date, assets have increased by 13.5 per cent from USD276 billion at the end of 2017. In July 2018, ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan saw net inflows of USD4.49 billion.

At the end of July 2018, the Japanese ETF/ETP industry had 212 ETFs/ETPs, with 246 listings, from 19 providers on two exchanges.
 
In July 2018, ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan saw net inflows of USD4.49 billion. Equity products gathered the largest net inflows with USD5.18 billion, while leveraged ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows with USD823 million. Year-to-date through end of July, ETFs/ETPs listed globally have seen net inflows of USD43.6 billion. Equity products gathered the largest net inflows with USD43.8 billion, while leveraged inverse ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows with USD418 million.

Investors have tended to invest in core, market cap and lower cost ETFs during 2018, with the TOPIX Exchange Traded Fund (1306 JP) and Daiwa ETF TOPIX (1305 JP) capturing flows of USD13.6 billion and USD7.30 billion, respectively, ETFGI writes. The majority of net inflows year-to-date can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD42.7 billion.

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