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Near-record net inflows of $44.08 billion and strong market performance helped to push global exchange-traded fund (ETF) and exchange-traded product (ETP) assets to $2.16 trillion at the end of July 2013, according to preliminary data from ETFGI, a London-based ETF consultancy.
These assets are spread across some 4,883 ETFs/ETPs, with 9,925 listings, from 209 providers listed on 57 exchanges.
Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI, said: “Dovish comments from the Fed and positive market performance encouraged investors to put net inflows of $44.08 billion back into the market through ETFs/ETPs.”
In July, equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $41.62 billion. North American/US equity-linked ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $32.99 billion, followed by European equity-linked with $3.51 billion, and developed Asia Pacific equity-linked products with $1.82 billion.
Fixed income ETFs/ETPs experienced net inflows of $5.1 billion. High yield ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $3.0 billion, followed by government bonds with $2.2 billion, and corporate bonds with $868 million, while inflation-linked fixed income ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows with $650 million.
Commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of $2.72 billion. Precious metals ETFs/ETPs experienced the largest net outflows with $2.19 billion, followed by energy, and agriculture with net outflows of $223 million and $175 million, respectively.
SPDR ETFs ranks first based on July net inflows with $17.8 billion, and fourth year to date (YTD) with $11.8 billion. Meanwhile, Vanguard ranks first based on net inflows YTD with $36.17 billion, and third in July with $7.31 billion. iShares ranks in second place for both July and YTD net inflows, with $10.9 billion and $32.47 billion, respectively. WisdomTree and PowerShares rank in third and fifth place in YTD net inflows with $11.85 billion and $9.61 billion, respectively.