Smart Beta ETF Listings Hit Record $429 Billion Globally

Assets invested in smart beta exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded products (ETPs) listed in globally reached a new record high US$429 billion at the end of June 2016, according to data from ETFGI’s June 2016 global smart beta ETF and ETP industry insights report.

ETFGI is the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem.

Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of June for smart beta ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States at US$390.20 billion, Canada with US$9.44 billion, Europe with US$ 26.70, and in Japan with US$832 million.

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Year to date through end of June 2016, smart beta equity ETF/ETP assets have increased by 7.1% from US$400 billion to US$429 billion, with a 5-year CAGR of 31.3%.

Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI, said markets and investors around the world were engulfed in the chaos following what many saw as the unexpected result of the UK’s June 23 Brexit vote.

Fuhr added volatility was up significantly during the month.

“The S&P 500 index was up just 0.3%,” Fuhr said. “Emerging markets were up 3.94% while developed markets ex-US declined 2.87%. There is still uncertainty in the markets due to questions on when and how Brexit changes will be implement and the many changes happening in UK political parties.”