05.13.2021

Global ETF Assets Reach $8.95 Trillion

ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs and ETPs ecosystem, reported that ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$105.37 billion during April, bringing year-to-date net inflows to a record US$465.41 billion which is higher than the prior record US$184.04 billion which was gathered at this point last year.

Assets invested in the global ETFs and ETPs industry have increased by 4.6% from US$8.56 trillion at the end of March 2021, to US$8.96 trillion at the end of April, according to ETFGI’s April 2021 Global ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, a monthly report which is part of an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)

Highlights

  • A record $8.95 trillion invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally at the end of April
  • Net inflows of $105.37 billion gathered in April
  • Record YTD net inflows of $465.41 Bn beating the prior record $184.04 billion gathered YTD in 2020
  • 23rd month of consective net inflows

The S&P 500 gained 5.34% in April and 11.84% YTD as positive corporate earnings and US stimulis measures helped push U.S. equities higher. Developed markets ex-U.S. gained 3.35% in April. Denmark 7.07% and Finland 7.05% were the leaders of the month while Japan lost 1.60% and was the only country to be down for the month.  Emerging markets were up 2.93% at the end of April. Poland (up 9.9%)  and Greece were the leaders (up 9.20%), whilst Chile (down 8.1%), Peru (down 7.1%), and Colombia (down 6.5%) were down the most. “ According to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI.

Global ETF and ETP assets as of the end of April 2021

The Global ETFs and ETPs industry had 8,937 products, with 17,894 listings, assets of $8.95 trillion, from 545 providers listed on 77 exchanges in 62 countries as the end of April 2021.

During April, ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of $105.37 Bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of $62.81 Bn in April, bringing YTD net inflows to $336.85 Bn, greater than the $75.33 Bn in net inflows equity products had attracted YTD in 2020. Fixed Income ETFs/ETPs listed globally reported net inflows of $31.99 Bn during April, bringing YTD net inflows to $65.03 Bn, much higher than the $34.97 Bn in net inflows fixed income products had attracted YTD in 2020. Commodity ETFs/ETPs listed globally suffered net outflows of $940 Mn, bringing net outflows for 2021 to $7.41 Bn, significantly lower than the $38.86 Bn in net inflows commodity products had attracted YTD in 2020. Active ETFs/ETPs reported $13.95 Bn in net inflows, bringing net inflows for 2021 to $61.97 Bn, higher than the $12.45 Bn in net inflows active products had attracted YTD in 2020.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $41.14 Bn during April. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI US) gathered $4.30 Bn the largest net inflows for a product.

Source: ETFGI

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