ETFGI reports ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$12.38 billion in February 2018, the lowest amount since May 2016

LONDON - March 9, 2018 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered US$12.38 Bn in net inflows, the lowest monthly amount since May 2016 when net inflows were US$10.53 Bn. YTD 2018 net inflows are at US$118.13 Bn. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.) 

  • Net new assets gathered by ETFs/ETPs listed globally were $12.38 Bn, the lowest monthly net inflows since May 2016 which had $10.53 Bn 
  • Due to market moves the assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally decreased by 3.50%, or $180.10 Bn, during February, to $4.968 Tn  
  • February 2018 marked the 49th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally 

According to ETFGI’s February 2018 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service, assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in globally decreased by a record $180.10 Bn in February 2018. The decrease of 3.50%, from $5.148 Tn at the end of January 2018 to $4.968 Tn, also represents the lowest monthly growth in assets since January 2016, when assets decrease of 4.69% from $2.994 Tn to $2.853 Tn. 

Global ETF and ETP asset growth as at end of February 2018 

February 2018 also marked the 49th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally, with $12.38 Bn gathered during the month; 81.87% less than net inflows during this month last year. 
The majority of the monthly net new inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $61.8 Bn during 2018. The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV US) on its own accounted for net inflows of $10.94 Bn. 
Top 20 ETFs by net new assets: Global

Similarly, the top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered $4.44 Bn year-to-date during 2018. 

Top 10 ETPs by net new assets: Global 

Globally-listed Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of $1.42 Bn in February, bringing net inflows for 2018 to $89.08 Bn which is less than the $91.35 Bn in net inflows at this point last year. Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs gathered net inflows of $3.20 Bn in February, growing net inflows for 2018 to $14.76 Bn which is less than the $27.52 Bn in net inflows at this point last year. 

Investors have tended to invest in core, market cap and lower cost ETFs in February 2018 with the he iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV US) and iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA US) capturing most of the flows. 

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