ETFGI reports ETFs and ETPs listed in the US gather net inflows of 51.4 billion US dollars during December 2018

LONDONJanuary 25, 2018 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that ETFs and ETPs listed in the US gathered net inflows of US$51.4 Bn during December, bringing 2018 net inflows to US$315 Bn. Assets invested in the US ETF/ETP industry finished the month down 5.59%, from US$3.59 Tn at the end of November, to US$3.39 Tn, according to ETFGI’s December 2018 US ETF and ETP industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service.  (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.) 

Highlights

  • During 2018, ETFs/ETPs listed in the US attracted $315 Bn in net inflows.
  • Assets invested in the US ETF/ETP industry hit record high of $3.73 Tn in September 2018.
  • Assets invested in US ETF/ETP industry fell 0.95% year-on-year, hit by Q4 2018 market movements

“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 fared 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.

At the end of December 2018, the US ETF/ETP industry had 2,241 ETFs/ETPs, a 5.91% increase over 2017, from 148 providers listed on 3 exchanges. Following net inflows of $51.4 Bn and market moves during the month, assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in the US decreased by 5.59%, from $3.59 Tn at the end of November 2018, to $3.39 Tn. By the end of the year, assets invested in the US ETF/ETP industry were down 0.95% compared to that of 2017, falling from $3.42 Tn to $3.59 Tn.

 

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

Equity ETFs/ETPs listed in the US attracted net inflows of $34.8 Bn in December, bringing net inflows for 2018 to $208 Bn, less than the $332 Bn in net inflows equity products attracted in 2017. Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs listed in the US saw net outflows of $14.1 Bn in December, bringing net inflows for 2018 to $75 Bn, less than the $114 Bn in net inflows seen in 2017.  


Substantial inflows during December can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $38.3 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: US

Name

Ticker

Assets
(US$ Mn)
 Dec-18

ADV
(US$ Mn)
Dec-18

NNA
(US$ Mn)
YTD 2018

NNA
(US$ Mn)
Dec-18

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

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

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

SPDR S&P Dividend ETF

SDY US

16,356

169

836

1,309

iShares National Muni Bond ETF

MUB US

11,862

203

2,433

1,213

Vanguard Value ETF

VTV US

41,408

364

8,404

1,167

Invesco QQQ Trust

QQQ US

61,146

10,455

4,409

1,156

JPMorgan BetaBuilders Europe ETF

BBEU US

2,549

72

2,721

1,145

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF

IEMG US

49,202

1,402

15,738

1,142

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Similarly, the top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered $2.10 Bn by the end of December 2018. 


Top 10 ETPs by net new assets December 2018: US

Name

Ticker

Assets
(US$ Mn)
 
Dec-18

ADV
(US$ Mn)

Dec -18

NNA
(US$ Mn)
YTD 2018

NNA
(US$ Mn)

Dec-18

SPDR Gold Shares

GLD US

31,518

1,010

(1,815)

1,057

iShares Gold Trust

IAU US

11,545

158

1,599

345

VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN

UWT US

393

130

514

224

ProShares Ultra DJ-UBS Crude Oil

UCO US

351

64

(45)

92

United States Oil Fund LP

USO US

1,473

338

(273)

75

SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust

GLDM US

397

7

355

72

FI Enhanced Global High Yield ETN

FIHD US

1,391

6

528

70

United States Natural Gas Fund LP

UNG US

292

137

(443)

68

iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust

GSG US

1,210

14

7

58

Invesco CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust

FXE US

317

31

66

44

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Investors have tended to invest in core, market cap, fixed income and lower cost ETFs in December.

 
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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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