ETFGI reports ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of 36.46 billion US dollars in April, marking 51 months of consecutive of net inflows

LONDON — May 14, 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$36.46 Bn in net inflows, marking 51 months of consecutive of net inflows. Through the end of April, year to date 2018 net inflows are US$173.57 Bn, according to ETFGI's April 2018 Global ETF and ETP industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.) 

  • Net new assets gathered by ETFs/ETPs listed globally were $36.46 Bn
  • April 2018 marked the 51st consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally 
  • In April 2018, 46 new ETFs/ETPs were launched by 28 providers and 68 ETFs/ETPs closed by 13 providers
  • Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally increased by 1.01%, or $49.49 Bn, during April, to $4.969 Tn  

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in globally increased by $49.49 Bn in April 2018. The increase of 1.01%, from $4.919 Tn at the end of March 2018 to $4.969 Tn, also represents the highest monthly growth in assets since January 2018, when assets increased by 6.47% from $4.835 Tn to $5.148 Tn. 

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

At the end of April 2018, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 7,366 ETFs/ETPs, with 14,004 listings, assets of $4.969 Tn, from 373 providers on listed on 70 exchanges in 57 countries. At the end of April 2018, the Global ETF industry had 5,516 ETFs, with 11,482 listings, assets of $4.794 Tn, from 337 providers on 68 exchanges in 56 countries.

April 2018 marked the 51st consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally, with $36.46 Bn gathered during the month; 5.11% 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 $85.01 Bn during 2018. The iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA US) on its own accounted for net inflows of $16.38 Bn. 
Top 20 ETFs by net new assets: Global

Similarly, the top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered $8.83 Bn during 2018.

Top 10 ETPs by net new assets: Global

Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of $16.23 Bn in April, bringing net inflows for 2018 to $117.24 Bn which is less than the $168.46 Bn in net inflows at this point last year. Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of $15.95 Bn in April, growing net inflows for 2018 to $33.44 Bn which is less than the $51.55 Bn in net inflows at this point last year. 

Investors have tended to invest in core, market cap and lower cost ETFs in April 2018 with the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA US) and TOPIX Exchange Traded Fund (1306 JP) capturing most of the flows. 

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Previously Deborah Fuhr served as global head of ETF research and implementation strategy and as a managing director at BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors from 2008 – 2011. She also worked as a managing director and head of the investment strategy team at Morgan Stanley in London from 1997 – 2008, and as an associate at Greenwich Associates. 
She has been working with investors, ETF, ETP providers, index providers, exchanges, MMs and APs, regulators, trade associations, custodians, law firms, accounting firms around the world since 1997. 

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