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Flows into ETFs and ETPs listed globally rebounded in February with net inflows of $29.0 billion, according to ETFGI, a London-based consultancy.
When combined with the positive market performance over the month, the inflows helped push global industry assets under management to a new record high of $2.44 trillion.
“Positive comments from the Fed indicating that the US economy continues to brighten, the S&P 500 ending February with a record close of 1859 and signs of a wider global recovery in equities seems to have caused investors to come out of their winter hibernation after the winter storms and put net inflows of $29.0 billion into ETFs/ETPs in February,” said Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI.
Dissecting the overall net inflows, ETFGI found that fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered $16.8 billion – the largest net inflows – followed by equity ETFs/ETPs with $10.2 billion. Commodity ETFs/ETPs saw net inflows of $870 million.
The competition to gather assets remains high. The top 100 ETFs/ETPs – less than 2% of the 5,183 ETFs/ETPs – account for more than half (57%) of global assets. Only 7% of ETFs/ETPs hold more than $1 billion in assets, while 69% have less than $100 million in assets, 59% have less than $50 million in assets and nearly a third of all products have less than $10 million in assets.
In the first two months of 2014, Vanguard gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with $9.4 billion, followed by iShares with $7.1 billion, Nomura with $4.2 billion, First Trust with $2.5 billion and Guggenheim with $2.0 billion in net inflows.
According to ETFGI, the global ETF/ETP industry has 5,183 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,210 listings, from 219 providers on 59 exchanges.