Global ETF assets top USD6.66tn at end of July, says ETFGI

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record of USD6.66 trillion at the end of July, according to ETFGI's July 2020 Global ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. 

ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD79.35 billion during  July, bringing year-to-date net inflows to USD373.16 billion which is significantly higher than the USD270.21 billion gathered at this point last year. 

Assets invested in the global ETFs/ETPs industry increased by 6.0 per cent, from USD6.28 trillion at the end of June 2020, to USD6.66 trillion at the end of July.

“The S&P 500 gained 5.6 per cent in July, aided by the US Federal Reserve stimulus and strong earnings," says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI. "International markets also gained, with Developed Ex-U.S. and Emerging up 3.0 per cent and 8.5 per cent, respectively. In the developed markets  Scandinavian countries benefited most, led by Norway (up 10.8 per cent) and Sweden (up 10.1 per cent); while Japan (down 2.0 per cent) was the sole negative performer among developed countries. Dollar weakness contributed toward the positive momentum in Emerging markets where 19 of 25 countries gained, led by Brazil (up 14.4 per cent) and Pakistan (up 13.4 per cent), while Taiwan (up 12.1 per cent) neared an all-time high.” 

The Global ETF/ETP industry had 8,268 ETFs/ETPs, with 16,472 listings, assets of USD6.66 Trillion, from 465 providers  listed on 71 exchanges in 58 countries.

During July, ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of USD79.35 billion. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD34.77 billion during July, bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD140.63 billion, more than the USD131.67 billion in net inflows fixed income products had attracted during July 2019. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD24.28 billion during the month, bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD112.92 billion, lower than the USD114.32 billion in net inflows equity products had attracted at this point in 2019. Commodity ETFs/ETPs reported USD10.32 billion in net inflows bringing net inflows for 2020 to USD64.17 billion, which is much greater than the USD7.76 billion in net inflows reported through July 2019.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD30.32 billion at the end of July, the iShares Core US Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG US) gathered USD3.49 billion.

The top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered USD10.57 billion in July. The SPDR Gold Shares - Acc (GLD US) gathered USD3.75 billion.

Investors tended to invest in Fixed Income and Equity ETFs/ETPs at the end of July.