Assets of ETFs and ETPs Listed In The U.S. Reach A Record $1.9 Trillion

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September 8, 2014 3:54pm NYSE:DIA NYSE:SPY

ETFGIETFGI’s research finds ETFs and ETPs listed in the United States reached a new record high of 1.9 trillion US dollars at the end of August 2014. Year to date net new assets of US$107.3 Bn are a new record level of NNA surpassing

the US$97.8 Bn set in the first eight months of 2013. At the end of August 2014, the US ETF/ETP industry had 1,643 ETFs/ETPs, from 63 providers listed on 3 exchanges according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s end August 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report.

New record highs in assets were reached at the end of August by ETF/ETP industries in Canada with US$67.9 Bn, Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) with US$103.7 Bn, Europe with US$477.4 Bn, the United States with US$1.91 Tn and globally with US$2.70 Tn. YTD NNA flows reached record levels for the ETF/ETP industries in Japan at US$16.5 Bn, Europe at US$50.4 Bn, the US at US$107.3 Bn and globally at US$185.0 Bn.

“In August investors invested net new money into an array of equity, fixed income and commodity exposures due to concerns over the situations in Ukraine and Gaza. The S&P 500 was up 4% in August and closed above the 2,000 threshold for the first time on August 26th. Developed markets were up slightly, emerging markets gained 3% and Latin America was up 9% in August. August was also a good month for fixed income.” according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI.

In August 2014 ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of US$14.9 Bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$6.6 Bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with US$6.6 Bn, and commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of US$107 Mn.

iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in August with US$10.6 Bn, followed by Vanguard with US$5.0 Bn, new entrant WBI Shares with US$1.0 Bn, First Trust with US$743 Mn and Van Eck with US$546 Mn in net inflows in August.

iShares is the largest ETF/ETP provider in terms of assets with US$737.1 Bn, reflecting 38.5% market share, SPDR ETFs is second with US$407.4 Bn and 21.3% market share, followed by Vanguard with US$400.3 Bn and 20.9% market share. The top three ETF/ETP providers, out of 63, account for 80.8% of US ETF/ETP assets, while the remaining 60 providers each have less than 5% market share.

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Note to editors

ETFs are typically open-ended, index-based funds, with active ETFs accounting for less than 1% market share. They can be bought and sold like ordinary shares on a stock exchange and offer broad exposure across developed, emerging and frontier markets, equities, fixed income and commodities. ETFs are used widely by institutional investors and increasingly by financial advisors and retail investors to:

  • equitize cash
  • implement diversified exposure to a market
  • comprise a core or satellite investment
  • be a long term strategic investment
  • implement tactical adjustments to portfolios
  • use as building blocks to create entire portfolios
  • allow investors to hedge the market
  • use as an alternative to futures and other derivative products

Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) are products that have similarities to ETFs in the way they trade and settle but do not use an open-end fund structure. The use of other structures including unsecured debt, grantor trusts, partnerships, and commodity pools by ETPs can, in addition to a significantly different risk profile, create different tax and regulatory implications for investors when compared to ETFs, which are funds.


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 2013” which examines and profiles the number and types of ETFs and ETPs being used by institutional investors globally from 2006 through 2013.

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  1. The monthly ETFGI ETF and ETP Industry Insight reports, providing over 300 pages of detailed analysis of the global ETF and ETP industry, analysing net new asset flows into asset classes, products and managers, index provider rankings, broker rankings and new product launches, as well as numerous other metrics;
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Deborah Fuhr
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