Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe reached a new record high of US$494 billion at the end of February 2015, according to ETFGI’s monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for February.

The European ETF/ETP industry had 2,109 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,420 listings, from 50 providers listed on 26 exchanges in 21 countries.

March 9th marked the 25th anniversary of the listing of the first ETF in Canada.

Investors allocated the majority of net new assets to equities as the US market rebounded from a difficult January to end February with both the S&P 500 and the Dow up 6% for the month. Volatility declined during the month. Developed markets were up 6% for the month, while emerging and frontier markets were up 3%” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.

In February 2015, ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe saw net inflows of US$12.49 Bn the second highest month of NNA on record, behind $14.25 Bn in net inflows in Jan 2015.

Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$6.73 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$4.08 Bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$1.17 Bn in net inflows.

iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in February with US$5.67 Bn, followed by Lyxor AM with US$2.03 Bn and db x/db ETC with US$1.35 Bn net inflows.  Year to date iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows YTD with US$11.52 Bn, followed by Lyxor AM with US$3.33 Bn and UBS ETFs with US$2.89 Bn net inflows.

The top 100 ETFs/ETPs, out of 2,109, account for 55.9% of European ETF/ETP assets. Only 114 ETFs/ETPs have greater than US$1 Bn in assets, while 1,486 ETFs/ETPs have less than US$100 Mn in assets.

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