Record levels of assets were reached at the end of Q1 for ETFs/ETPs listed Globally at US$ 2.926 trillion, in the United States at US$ 2.093 trillion, Asia Pacific ex-Japan at US$ 119.6, and Japan at US$ 109.3 billion, according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for Q1.

The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,669 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,961 listings, from 247 providers listed on 63 exchanges in 51 countries.

Record levels of net new assets NNA have been reached in Q1 by ETFs/ETPs listed globally which gathered US$ 95.98 billion up significantly from the US$ 37.19 billion in Q1 2014, products listed in the United States gathered US$ 57.53 billion which is significantly higher than the US$ 15.06 billion gathered in Q1 2014 , ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered US$ 34.96 billion is more than double the US$ 11.16 billion gathered in Q1 2014 and ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan gathered NNA of US$ 10.61 billion which is greater than the US$ 7.7 billion in Q1 2014.
With the ECB beginning QE investors have allocated the majority of net new assets to European equities.  Developed markets were up 4% and emerging markets were up 2% in Q1 while in the US had a turbulent first quarter with the S&P 500 ending Q1 up 1% according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.

YTD through end of Q1 2015, ETFs/ETPs have seen net inflows of US$95.98 Bn.  Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows YTD with US$49.33 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$31.43 Bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$6.73 Bn.

iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows YTD with US$38.79 Bn, followed by Vanguard with US$23.38 Bn, WisdomTree with US$13.28 Bn and DB/x-trackers with US$ 4.78 Bn in net inflows.

Chart Courtesy: ETFGI