ETF TMI: Global ETF Assets Hit $3.137 Trillion; Equities Fight Back

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Global ETF/ETP Assets Hit Record $3.137 Trillion High

Assets invested in exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded products (ETPs) listed globally reached a new record high US$3.137 trillion at the end of April 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s April 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.

Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of April for ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States at US$2.217 trillion, in Canada US$77.42 billion, in Europe US$533.34 billion, in Japan US$145.93 billion and in Asia Pacific ex-Japan which reached US$125.21 billion.

At the end of April 2016, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 6,297 ETFs/ETPs, with 12,126 listings, assets of US$3.137 trillion, from 283 providers listed on 65 exchanges in 51 countries.

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Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI, said following a strong market performance in March the S+P 500 index was up just 0.39% in April.

“Developed markets ex-US were up 3.20%, while emerging markets ended up 1.05%,” Fuhr said. “The S+P GSCI commodity index was up 10.14% in April.  There is still a significant amount of uncertainty in the markets due to the upcoming Brexit vote, the US election, the efficacy and future of QE programs around the world.”

In April 2016, ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$10.13 billion this marks the 27th consecutive month of net inflows. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$7.73 billion, followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with US$2.39 billion, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows with US$136 million.


YTD through end of April 2016, ETFs/ETPs have seen net inflows of US$79.402 billion. YTD record level of net new assets have been gathered by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$48.66 Bn, Commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$14.425 billion, leveraged inverse ETFs/ETPs with US$4.67 billion and Inverse ETFs/ETPs with US$2.39 billion.

In April iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in April with US$6.01 billion, followed by Vanguard with US$5.98 billion and ProShares with US$1.18 billion in net inflows.

WallachBeth Friday ETF Snapshot

Equities fought back after the market was surprised by a low payrolls number on Friday.

SPX closed up +0.32% on Friday and down -0.39% on the week as 160,000 jobs were added to non-farm payrolls last month, well under the 200,000 estimate, with unemployment sticking at 5%.

Private payrolls came in low as well, with a drop in the participation rate. Overseas, the Shanghai Composite slid 2.8% at the close on Friday, erasing any gains from this week.