ETFGI reports assets in the global ETFs and ETPs industry which will turn 30 years old in March started the new decade with a record 6.35 trillion US dollars

LONDONJanuary 16, 2019 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs and ETPs ecosystem, reported today assets in the global ETFs and ETPs industry which will turn 30 years old on March 9th started the new decade with a record US$6.35 trillion. ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$93.97 billion at the end of December, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$571.03 billion which is higher than the US$515.81 billion gathered at this point last year. Assets invested in the global ETFs/ETPs industry have increased by 3.8%, from US$6.12 trillion at the end of November, to US$6.35 trillion at the end of December, and increased 31.9% for the year, according to ETFGI's December 2019 Global ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)

 

Highlights

  • Assets invested in the Global ETF/ETP industry reached a new record of $6.35 trillion at the end of December.
  • The global ETFs industry will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 9, 2020 – the listing of the first successful ETF in Canada
  • The $93.97 billion in net inflows gathered in December is the 2nd highest monthly inflow on record.
  • Year-to-date net inflows of $571.03 billion are the 2nd highest behind December 2017 with $653.26 billion
  • Assets are up 31.9% year to date which is greater than the 18.6% CAGR over the past 10 years.
  • Equity products have gathered more net inflows than fixed income products as of the end of December.

Renewed optimism with easing trade tensions and accommodation from the U.S. Federal Reserve helped the S&P 500 gained 3.0% during December to close the year up 31.5%.  The S&P Developed ex-U.S. BMI gained 3.7% during the month, concluding 2019 up 22.8%.  The S&P Global BMI ended December and the year with favorable gains, up 3.6% and 26.8%, respectively. According to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI.

Global ETF and ETP assets as of the end of December 2019

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At the end of December 2019, the Global ETFs/ETPs industry had 7,927 ETFs/ETPs, with 15,875 listings from 436 providers on 70 exchanges in 58 countries.

In December 2019, ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of $93.97 billion. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of $70.90 billion in December, bringing net inflows for 2019 to $286.23 billion, substantially less than the $362.34 billion in net inflows equity products had attracted by the end of December 2018.  Fixed income ETFs/ETPs listed globally attracted net inflows of $20.17 billion in December, bringing net inflows for 2019 to $227.82 billion, considerably greater than the $107.29 billion in net inflows fixed income products had attracted by the end of December 2018.  Commodity ETFs/ETPs reported $57 million in net inflows bringing net inflows for 2019 to
$18.51 billion, which is greater than the $1.01 billion in net intflows gathered through December 2018.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $39.35 billion at the end of December, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY US) gathered $13.43 billion alone.
 

Top 20 ETFs by net new inflows December 2019: Global

Name

 

Ticker

Assets
(US$ Mn)
 Dec-19

NNA
(US$ Mn)
 YTD-19

NNA
(US$ Mn)
 Dec-19

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust

 

SPY US

311,927.90

4,752.44

13,432.23

iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF

 

AGG US

69,276.11

8,828.42

2,428.90

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF

 

IEMG US

61,818.67

5,582.91

1,825.73

Harvest CSI Central-SOEs' Innovation Driven ETF

 

515680 CH

1,761.16

1,756.28

1,756.28

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF

 

EEM US

29,483.09

(2,983.50)

1,626.98

UBS ETF-MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF A - Acc

 

EMMUSC SW

3,290.30

2,064.44

1,611.77

Samsung KODEX 200 ETF

 

069500 KS

8,062.43

1,262.35

1,532.49

iShares MSCI EAFE ETF

 

EFA US

64,279.55

(8,189.65)

1,529.92

Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF

 

VTI US

136,225.52

15,095.66

1,516.81

Mirae Asset TIGER 200 ETF

 

102110 KS

4,501.75

955.40

1,460.29

Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF

 

VEA US

78,516.89

1,758.58

1,252.27

Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF

 

BND US

48,481.39

9,806.60

1,216.84

iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF

 

IEFA US

74,046.75

11,377.18

1,171.30

HFT SSE 5-year Local Government Bond ETF

 

511060 CH

1,118.92

1,108.35

1,108.35

SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF

 

JNK US

11,460.36

4,062.78

1,108.07

Invesco QQQ Trust

 

QQQ US

87,066.53

2,980.77

1,070.13

NIPPON INDIA ETF BANK BEES

 

BBEES IN

1,042.28

1,039.35

994.32

iShares MBS ETF

 

MBB US

21,122.74

8,437.68

982.11

Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund

 

VYM US

30,127.90

4,223.29

866.16

Vanguard FTSE 250 UCITS ETF

 

VMID LN

3,955.92

2,625.22

861.95

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The top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered $1.31 billion in December. The iShares Physical Gold ETC (SGLN LN) gathered $390.26 million alone.

Top 10 ETPs by net new inflows December 2019: Global

Name

Ticker

Assets
(US$ Mn)
 Dec
-19

NNA
(US$ Mn)
YTD 2019

NNA
(US$ Mn)

Dec-19

iShares Physical Gold ETC

SGLN LN

6,959.35

1,760.20

390.26

Amundi Physical Metals PLC

GOLD FP

1,067.23

998.57

203.72

VelocityShares Daily 3x Long Natural Gas ETN

UGAZ US

875.82

1,481.59

164.76

United States Natural Gas Fund LP

UNG US

437.81

223.96

140.00

VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN

DWT US

334.26

336.59

91.04

Xetra Gold EUR

4GLD GY

9,919.49

962.54

90.78

iShares Gold Trust

IAU US

17,628.53

3,806.71

76.50

iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust

GSG US

775.46

(607.20)

60.34

WisdomTree Physical Swiss Gold

SGBS LN

2,699.16

1,634.05

55.22

WisdomTree Natural Gas 3x Daily Leveraged

3NGL LN

63.42

95.78

38.37

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Investors have tended to invest in core Equity and core Fixed Income ETFs during 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 the ETF.com’s 2018’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 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. 
 
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