Global ETF industry pulls in record $152 billion in first half of 2015

Jul 8th, 2015 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

A record level of $152 billion in net new assets was gathered by exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed globally in the first half of 2015, according to data from industry consultants ETFGI.

Global ETF industry pulls in record $152 billion in first half of 2015

The global ETF industry pulled in a record $152 billion in first half of 2015.

The figure surpasses the prior record of $130 billion gathered in the first half of 2014.

At the end of June 2015, the global ETF/ETP industry had 5,823 ETFs/ETPs, with 11,295 listings, assets of $2.971 trillion, from 259 providers listed on 62 exchanges in 51 countries.

At a regional level, US listed ETFs/ETPs took the lion’s share of net new assets over the six-month period, gathering an impressive $103 billion, beating the previous record of $76 billion gathered in the first half of 2012. European listed ETFs/ETPs gathered $40 billion, beating the $32 billion gathered in the first half of 2014.

Based on asset class, equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows year to date with $101.7 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $35.4 billion, and commodity ETFs/ETPs with net inflows of $4.2 billion.

In the first half of 2015, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with $52.1 billion, followed by Vanguard with $44.8 billion, WisdomTree with $20.3 billion and Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management with $19.1 billion net inflows.

Looking at monthly figures, ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of $24.8 billion in June. Equity ETFs/ETPs contributed the most to net inflows with $27.9 billion, while commodity and fixed income ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of $479 million and $4.0 billion respectively.

iShares and Vanguard tied in gathering the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in June with $8.1 billion, followed by Yuanta with $3.3 billion net inflows.

Commenting on the numbers, Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI, said: “June was a difficult month for most markets around the world. The S&P 500 index ended June down 2% for the month and finished the first half of 2015 up 1%. Market performance in the first half of 2015 was impacted by a number of uncertainties in the first half of 2015: the situation in Greece and the impact on the Eurozone, when the Fed will raise interest rates, volatility in the Chinese market and the MERS outbreak in South Korea.”

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