according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s April 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report. At the end of April 2014, the US ETF/ETP industry had 1,577 ETFs/ETPs, from 57 providers listed on 3 exchanges.
The ETF/ETP industry globally hit a record high of US$2.49 trillion in assets at the end of April 2014.
“In April, as was the case in March, investors continued to show a strong preference to equity allocations. Equity markets were again choppy in April – the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high on April 2nd but ended the month up less than 1%. The DJIA closed the month at an all-time high of 16,581. Outside the U.S., developed markets improved slightly; European equities continued to strengthen, while emerging markets remained flat for the month.” according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI.
In April 2014, ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States gathered net inflows of US$19.9 Bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$16.8 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$3.1 Bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows of US$1.4 Bn.
YTD through end of April 2014, ETFs/ETPs have gathered net inflows of US$34.9 Bn which is significantly below the US$65.6 Bn in net inflows gathered at this time in 2013. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows YTD with US$18.3 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$13.4 Bn, while commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows YTD of US$1.4 Bn.
In April 2014, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with U$8.2 Bn, followed by Vanguard with US$5.7 Bn in net inflows, and SPDR ETFs with US$4.7 Bn in net inflows.
Established by industry expert Deborah Fuhr and partners, ETFGI is a wholly independent research and consultancy firm providing research and services to firm such as the leading global institutional and professional investors, the global exchange traded fund and exchange traded product industry, its Regulators and its advisers. The partners leverage over 30 years of extensive industry experience, unparalleled industry contacts and rigorous analysis to deliver proprietary research on the global ETF and ETP industry.
ETFGI has recently published a report called “Institutional Users of ETFs and ETPs 2012” which examines and profiles the number and types of ETFs and ETPs being used by institutional investors globally from 2005 through 2012.