Global ETF/ETP assets top USD6tn again

Assets invested in the global ETFs/ETPs industry increased by 4.7 per cent, from USD5.84 trillion at the end of April 2020, to USD6.10 trillion at the end of May. 

ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD48 billion during May, bringing year-to-date net inflows to USD225.41 billion which is significantly higher than the USD140.54 billion gathered at this point last year, according to ETFGI's May 2020 Global ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. 

“The S&P 500 gained 4.8 per cent in May and remains only 5.0 per cent down from its level at the beginning of the year, as markets anticipated relief from a Covid-19-driven economic slowdown," says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI. "Developed markets outside the U.S. were also up 4.8 per cent for the month with Sweden (up 9.9 per cent) and Germany (up 9.2 per cent) the top performers, while Hong Kong (down 7.7 per cent), was the only market to be down for the month due to recent political turmoil. Emerging markets lagged during the month, gaining 1.3 per cent as the economic impact of virus shutdowns remains somewhat more uncertain compared to developed regions.” 

At the end of May 2020, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 8,073 ETFs/ETPs, with 16,136 listings, assets of USD6.11 trillion, from 453 providers on 71 exchanges in 58 countries.

During May 2020, ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of USD48.02 billion. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD31.26 billion during May, bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD66.89 billion, lower than the USD79.37 billion in net inflows fixed income products had attracted at this point in 2019. Commodity ETFs/ETPs reported USD10.09 billion in net inflows bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD48.66 billion, which is much greater than the USD2.06 billion in net outflows reported at this point in 2019. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally reported net outflows of USD181 million during May, bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD67.86 billion, which is more than the USD51.0 billion in net inflows equity products had attracted at this point in 2019. 

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD35.20 billion at the end of May, the iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF gathered USD4.32 billion alone.

The top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered USD10.25 billion in May. The SPDR Gold Shares - Acc (GLD US) gathered USD3.69 billion alone.

Investors have tended to invest in Fixed Income and commodities ETFs/ETPs at the end of May.