Global ETF Assets Reach A Record $3 Trillion

ETFGIAssets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally broke through the US$3 trillion milestone at the end of May to reach a new record of US$3.015 trillion in assets under management (AUM), according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for May 2015.

At the end of May 2015, the global ETF/ETP industry had 5,757 ETFs/ETPs, with 11,117 listings, from 256 providers listed on 62 exchanges in 51 countries.

Our forecast was that assets would break through US$3 trillion by the middle of 2015. It took the global ETF/ETP industry 19 years to reach US$1 trillion in assets under management, 23 years to reach US$2 trillion in AUM and just 25 years to reach US$3 trillion in AUM. The increasing rate of asset growth illustrates how ETFs have been embraced as an investment solution by institutional investors, financial advisors and retail investors around the world.” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.

Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of May for ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States at US$2.15 trillion and Japan at US$117 billion.

In May the both the S&P 500  and the Dow were up 1% while, developed markets were down 1%, and emerging markets declined 3%.” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.

In May 2015, ETFs/ETPs listed globally saw net inflows of US$19.1 Bn.  Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of US$20.8 Bn, while fixed income ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows of US$1.5 Bn and Commodity ETFs/ETPs had net outflows of US$912 Mn.

Through the end of May record levels of net new assets (NNA) have been reached by ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathering US$127.6 billion which is a significant increase over the prior record of US$109.4 billion gathered in in the first five months of 2013. YTD products listed in Europe gathered US$39.2 billion which is significantly more than the prior record of US$26.4 billion gathered over the same period in 2014. ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan gathered US$14.5 billion, which is slightly higher than the US$14.3 billion gathered during the same period in 2014, and ETFs/ETPs listed in Canada gathered US$5.6 Bn which is slightly higher than the prior record of US$5.5 Bn gathered in the first 5 months of 2012.

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