Global ETF Assets Hit New Record High | ETF Trends

The rally in the equity market, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial both touching new all-time highs in September, helped bring in more investment money, propelling exchange traded fund industry assets to a new record high.

Global exchange traded products, which include both ETFs and exchange traded notes, held $2.22 trillion in assets under management after attracting $35 billion in net inflows over September, according to ETFGI data. The industry now offers 4,982 ETPs, with 10,019 listings, from 212 providers on 57 exchanges. [September & Q3 ETF Performance Report]

“The Federal Reserve’s decision in their last meeting to maintain the QE scheme at its current size and positive market performance encouraged investors to put net inflows of US$35 billion back into the market through ETFs/ETPs” Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI, said in a note.

So far this year, ETPs have attracted $168.9 billion in assets, compared to the $188.4 billion in inflows for the same period in 2012. Equity funds attracted the largest inflows with $29.3 billion, followed by fixed-income with $5.8 billion and commodities with $1.2 billion.

Vanguard attracted the most new assets with $45.1 billion year-to-date, followed by iShares with $41.6 billion, WisdomTree at $12 billion, PowerShares with $10.6 billion and First Trust at $5.3 billion.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.

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