US ETF and ETP assets reach new record high of USD4.15tn

ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs/ETPs ecosystem, reported today that ETFs and ETPs listed in US gained net inflows of USD26.39 billion in October, bringing year-to-date net inflows to USD222.51 billion which is slightly more than the USD219.17 billion gathered at this point in 2018.  

Assets invested in the US ETFs/ETPs industry have increased by 2.6 per cent, from USD4.05 trillion at the end of September, to USD4.15 trillion, according to ETFGI's October 2019 US ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service.

“The Fed rate cut and the looming hope for an agreement between US-China shaped a favourable investment environment in equity markets globally which led the S&P 500® to gain 3.2 per cent during October. International markets also gained, with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S. and the S&P Emerging BMI both up 4 per cent.  The better performance of the Equity Markets reflected into a new record high of USD4.15 trillion and higher inflows of ETFs/ETPs exposed to Equity Indices rather than Fixed Income.” According to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI.
Growth in US ETF and ETP assets as of the end of October 2019

At the end of October 2019, the US ETFs/ETPs industry had 2,320 ETFs/ETPs, from 151 providers on three exchanges.

In October 2019, ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of USD26.39 billion. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed in US gathered net inflows of USD9.26 billion in October, bringing YTD net inflows for 2019 to USD83.83 billion, less than the USD143.93 billion in net inflows Equity products had attracted for the corresponding period to October 2018.  Fixed Income ETFs/ETPs listed in US attracted net inflows of USD12.43 billion in October, bringing YTD net inflows for 2019 to USD108.82 billion, substantially more than the USD51.29 billion in net inflows for the corresponding period to October 2018. Commodity ETFs/ETPs gathered USD276 billion, bringing the YTD net inflows to USD9.72 billion for 2019, which is significantly greater than the USD3.06 billion in net outflows for the corresponding period to October 2018.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD19.62 billion in October, the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI US) gathered USD2.53 billion alone.

The top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered USD1.80 billion in October. The iShares Gold Trust (IAU US) gathered USD702 million alone.

Investors have tended to invest in Fixed Income and Equity ETFs.