ETFGI reports assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan reached record high of US$311 billion at the end of May 2018

LONDON — July 2, 2018 —  ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan reached a record US$311 billion at the end of May 2018. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)

Highlights 

  • Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan reached $311 Bn at the end of May 2018.
  • In May 2018, ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan gathered net inflows of $1.15 Bn, the second lowest inflows since October 2017.
  • May 2018 also marked the 7th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan.

According to ETFGI’s May 2018 Japan ETF and ETP industry insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service, assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan have increased by 12.9% during 2018, up from $276 Bn at the end of December 2017.

Growth appears to have slowed with an increase in assets of $290 Mn or 0.01% in May, compared to 0.80% in April. At the end of May 2018, the Japanese ETF/ETP industry had 210 ETFs/ETPs, with 244 listings, from 19 providers on 2 exchanges.

Japanese ETF and ETP asset growth as at end of May 2018

Year-to-date through the end of May 2018, ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan saw net inflows of $32.3 Bn. May 2018 also marked the 7th consecutive month of net inflows. Although with $1.15 Bn gathered, this ranked as the second lowest inflows since October 2017.

The majority of net inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $33.4 Bn during 2018. The TOPIX Exchange Traded Fund (1306 JP) on its own accounted for net inflows of $10.2 Bn. 

Top 20 ETFs by net new assets: Japan

Equity ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan gathered net inflows of $1.76 Bn during May, bringing net inflows for 2018 to $31.8 Bn, which is more than the $27.4 Bn in net inflows at this point last year. Leveraged ETFs and ETPs experienced outflows of $706 Bn during May, resulting in net inflows for 2018 of $1.41 Bn, which is more than the $967 Mn in outflows at this point last year.

Investors have tended to invest in core and market cap ETFs in May 2018, with the TOPIX Exchange Traded Fund (1306 JP) and Daiwa ETF TOPIX (1305 JP) capturing most of the flows year-to-date.

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