Taking The Pulse of ETFs

ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States have gathered a record 174.8 billion US dollars in net new assets as of the end of October 2015.  During October ETFs/ETPs listed in the US gathered US$28.4 billion in net new assets. This marks the 9th consecutive month of positive net inflows, according to ETFGI’s Global ETF and ETP insights report for October 2015.

We are on track to end the year with record net inflows and assets in the US ETF/ETP industry. In the first ten months of 2015 record levels of net new assets have been gathered by ETFs/ETPs listed globally with net inflows of US$287.3 Bn marking a 22.3% increase over the prior record set at this time last year. In the United States net inflows reached US$174.8 Bn, which is 12.4% higher than the prior record set in 2013, while in Europe year to date (YTD) net inflows climbed to an all-time record of US$68.6 Bn, representing a 22.7% increase on the record set YTD through end of October 2014. In Canada, YTD net inflows are at a record US$10.1 billion which is slightly ahead of the prior record set in 2012. In Japan, YTD net inflows were up 121.9% on the record set last year, standing at US$35.0 Bn at the end of October 2015.

Equity markets performed well globally in October: the Dow was up 9%, the S&P 500 was 8%,  all 10 sectors of the S&P 500 were up for the month, developed markets gained 7%, emerging markets were up 8%.  Investors put net money into riskier assets including emerging market equities in October.” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.

The ETF/ETP industry in the United States had 1,803 ETFs/ETPs with assets of US$2.129 trillion, from 90 providers listed on 3 exchanges at the end of October.

In October 2015, ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of US$28.4 Bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$18.2 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$10.9 Bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows of US$152 Mn.