ETFGI reports ETFs and ETPs listed globally gather net inflows of US$76.24 billion during December 2018, 2nd Highest on record

LONDON — January 10, 2018 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$76.24 Bn during December. Despite the turmoil witnessed in developed markets during December, ETFs and ETPs listed globally attracted the 2nd highest net inflow on record, rivaled only by January 2018, which saw inflows of 105.70 Bn. Total Assets invested in the global ETF and ETP industry fell 5.28% by the end of December, from US$5.06 Tn at the end of November, to US$4.79 Tn, according to ETFGI’s December 2018 Global ETF and ETP industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted, current figures are based on preliminary data) 


  • Net new assets gathered by ETFs/ETPs listed globally were $76.24 Bn in December, 2nd highest on record.
  • During 2018, ETFs/ETPs listed Globally attracted $516 Bn in net inflows, less than the $654 Bn gathered in 2017.
  • 59th consecutive months of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally. 

“The end of 2018 saw the trend in developed markets reverse, and although arguably predictable, the severity left many pundits scratching their heads. This end of year stress has widely been attributed to the disruption caused by trade disputes feeding into economic data, and the view policy makers are not going to be quite as accommodating as initially expected. The S&P 500 returned -9.03% during December, and down -4.38% for 2018.   Developed markets ex-US fell -4.62% during December, led by Japan and Canada, bringing the yearly return to -13.21%. Relatively speaking, EM and FM faired the month better, returning -2.68% and -3.15%, finishing 2018 -13.53% and -11.82%, respectively” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and  founder of ETFGI.

Throughout 2018, global ETF/ETP industry has continued to grow. January 2018 saw the largest monthly inflow into ETFs/ETPs on record, pushing assets above $5 Tn for the first time, with the record for assets invested being set in September 2018, at $5.26 Tn, an 8.6% increase over 2017. However, with most major indices finishing the year in the red, assets invested in the global ETF/ETP industry finished 2018 down, albeit only 0.6%, supported by consistent positive inflows.

At the end of December 2018, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 7,657 ETFs/ETPs, with 14,993 listings, assets of $4.79 Tn, from 401 providers listed on 71 exchanges in 57 countries. Following net inflows of $76.24 Bn and market moves during the month, assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally decreased by 5.28%, from $5.06 Tn at the end of November 2018, to $4.79 Tn.

Growth in Global ETF and ETP assets as of the end of December 2018

Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally attracted net inflows of $50.87 Bn in December, growing net inflows for 2018 to $362 Bn, less than the $471 Bn in net inflows seen by equity-based products during 2017. Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs listed globally saw net inflows of $21.17 Bn in December, bringing net inflows for 2018 to $107 Bn, less than the $142 Bn seen during 2017.  

December marked the 59th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed globally, for 2018 ETFs/ETPs listed globally have seen inflows of $516 Bn, less than the $654 Bn in net inflows gathered in 2017.

Substantial inflows during December can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $40.79 Bn. The iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY US) gathered $3.36 Bn, the largest net inflow in December. 

Top 20 ETFs by net new assets December 2018: Global

Name Ticker Assets
(US$ Mn)
(US$ Mn)
(US$ Mn)
YTD 2018
(US$ Mn)
iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF SHY US 20,624 431 9,288 3,357
iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF SHV US 20,690 346 12,672 3,340
iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF AGG US 57,078 751 5,559 2,669
iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF IWD US 37,631 740 581 2,544
iShares Core S&P 500 ETF IVV US 147,540 2,061 18,592 2,470
Reliance CPSE ETF CPSEBE IN 4,063 22 2,344 2,344
Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF BSV US 27,945 311 4,149 2,332
iShares Russell 1000 ETF IWB US 17,920 436 (1,483) 2,205
TOPIX Exchange Traded Fund 1306 JP 71,167 26 22,288 2,166
Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF VEA US 65,145 1,347 9,639 2,080
Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF VTI US 93,577 939 9,848 1,987
iShares MSCI ACWI ETF ACWI US 10,604 543 2,897 1,931
SPDR Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF BIL US 8,668 197 6,724 1,696
iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF USMV US 18,997 378 4,223 1,638
iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF ACWX US 4,783 231 2,098 1,466
iShares MSCI EAFE ETF EFA US 62,059 3,386 (10,621) 1,419
Daiwa ETF TOPIX 1305 JP 34,176 6 11,166 1,355
SPDR S&P Dividend ETF SDY US 16,356 169 836 1,309
Listed Index Fund TOPIX 1308 JP 31,765 5 9,198 1,264
iShares National Muni Bond ETF MUB US 11,862 203 2,433 1,213


The top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered $3.84 Bn by the end of December 2018. 

Top 10 ETPs by net new assets December 2018: Global

Name       Ticker Assets
(US$ Mn)
(US$ Mn)
(US$ Mn)
YTD 2018
(US$ Mn)
SPDR Gold Shares GLD US 31,518 1,010 (1,815) 1,057
iShares Physical Gold ETC SGLN LN 4,350 3 1,170 635
NH QV KOSPI Volatility Matching Strangle ETN 57 550057 KS 629 0 623 623
Invesco Gold ETC SGLD LN 4,932 5 315 363
iShares Gold Trust IAU US 11,545 158 1,599 345
ETFS Physical Gold PHAU LN 6,662 8 536 295
VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN UWT US 393 130 514 224
Xtrackers Physical Gold ETC (EUR) XAD5 GY 2,536 1 1,884 110
Xtrackers Brent Crude Oil Booster Euro Hedged ETC XETC GY 248 1 142 97
ProShares Ultra DJ-UBS Crude Oil UCO US 351 64 (45) 92

Investors have tended to invest in short duration fixed income, market cap and lower cost ETFs in December.
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About Deborah Fuhr 

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. 

ETFGI is honored to count as our research and consulting clients some of the leading firms in the ETF Ecosystem around the world as well as some new entrants and firms that are considering entering the ETF, ETP industry. 
Past awards for Ms Fuhr include she was the recipient of the 100 Women in Finance 2017 European Industry Leadership Award, the 2014 William F. Sharpe Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the field of index investing and she named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Finance” by Financial News over several years, most recently in 2016. 
Deborah Fuhr is a founder and board member of Women in ETFs “WE” a not for profit organization to connect, support and inspire Women and Men in the ETF ecosystem. WE has over 4,100 members in chapters around the world. 

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