09.10.2021

Record $9.7 Trillion Invested in ETFs

ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs and ETPs ecosystem, reports that record assets and net inflows of US$9.73 trillion and US$834 billion in ETFs and ETPs listed globally at the end of August.

ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$94.64 billion during August, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$834.21 billion which is higher than the US$427.56 billion gathered at this point last year and higher  than the full year 2020 record net inflows US$762.77 Bn.  Assets invested in the global ETFs/ETPs industry have increased by 2.8% from US$9.46 trillion at the end of July 2021, to US$9.73 trillion at the end of August, according to ETFGI’s August 2021 Global ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)

Highlights

  • Record $9.73 trillion invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally at the end of August 2021.
  • Record YTD 2021 net inflows of $834.21 Bn beating the prior record of $433.25 Bn gathered in YTD 2017.
  • $834.21 Bn YTD net inflows are $344.02 Bn higher than the full year 2020 record net inflows $762.77 Bn.
  • $1.78 trillion in net inflows gathered in the past 12 months.
  • Assets increased 21.8% YTD in 2021, going from US$7.99 trillion at end of 2020, to US$9.73 trillion.
  • 27th month of consecutive net inflows
  • Equity ETFs and ETPs listed in the US gathered a record $581.25 Bn in YTD net inflows 2021.

“At the end of August, the S&P 500 posted its 7th straight month of gains, up 3.0% in the month, benefitting from continued support from the Fed and as positive earnings. Developed ex-U.S. markets gained 1.8% in August as most countries advanced, while Korea (down 1.3%) and Hong Kong (down 0.9%) declined the most, due in part to concerns of the new announced regulatory requirements set to take effect in China. Emerging markets were up 3.0% with Thailand (up 10.8%) and the Philippines (up 10.4%) leading the gains at the end of August.” According to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI.

The Global ETF/ETP industry had 9,302 ETFs/ETPs, with 18,802 listings, assets of $9.733 trillion, from 568 providers on 78 exchanges in 62 countries at the end of August.

During August 2021, ETFs/ETPs gathered net inflows of $94.64 Bn. Equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of $69.06 Bn over August, bringing net inflows for 2021 to $581.25 Bn, much greater than the $136.96 Bn in net inflows equity products had attracted for the corresponding period through August 2020. Fixed Income ETFs/ETPs listed globally reported net inflows of $19.99 Bn during August, bringing net inflows for 2021 to $153.33 Bn, lower than the $160.43 Bn in net inflows fixed income products had attracted YTD in 2020. Commodity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered net outflows of $1.91 Bn, bringing net outflows for 2021 to $8.04 Bn, significantly lower than the $68.08 Bn in net inflows commodity products had attracted over the same period last year. Active ETFs/ETPs reported $6.99 Bn in net inflows, bringing net inflows for 2021 to $95.22 Bn, higher than the $43.04 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 $40.58 Bn during August. SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY US) gathered $7.81 Bn largest individual net inflow.

Source: ETFGI

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