Liquid Alternatives: Despite Meltdown, YTD Net Inflows to Global ETFs/ETPs Are Higher Than Last Year

March 17, 2020 | Liquid Alternatives, News
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Year to date net inflows into global ETFs/ETPs as at end February’20 are USD 98.68 billion, versus USD 61.57 billion as of end February’19.

ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered US$31.52 billion in net inflows in February, according to ETFGI’s February 2020 Global ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report. (ETF Express)

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs as at the end of February were marginally down month-on-month to US$6.04 trillion from US$6.39 trillion at the end of January 2020. Despite the decline, assets at end-February are the fourth-highest on record.

In other highlights, Fixed income products (USD 14.76 billion) gathered more net inflows than Equity (USD 3.83 billion) at the end of February.

Investors have tended to invest in core Fixed Income exchange-traded funds during February, said ETFGI.

Key inflow highlights released by ETFGI have been represented below in the table below.

USD Billions Inflows – Feb 20 YTD 2020 – Inflows YTD 2019 – Inflows
Equity 3.83 37.97 19.70
Fixed Income 14.76 35.89 38.33
Commodity 5.40 9.53 1.26
Others 7.53 15.29 2.28
Total 31.52 98.68 61.57

Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder, and owner of ETFGI commented in a statement:

“At the end of February, the S&P 500 was down 8.2% as coronavirus cases continued to spread and the potential economic impact weighed on investors and the markets.   Outside the U.S., the S&P Developed ex-U.S. BMI declined by nearly 9.0%.  The S&P Emerging BMI lost 5.1% during the month. Global equities as measured by the S&P Global BMI ended down 8.1% with 49 of 50 included country indices down, while China gained 0.9%.”

Moreover, as at the end of February 2020, the Global ETFs/ETPs industry had 7,980 ETFs/ETPs, with 16,008 listings from 445 providers on 71 exchanges in 58 countries.

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