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ETFs/ETP Assets Listed In Europe Reach Record Of $522 Billion End Of Q1 2016

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe reach a new record high of US$522 billion US at the end of Q1 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s March 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of US$5.11 Bn in March marking the 18th consecutive month of net inflows.

The European ETF/ETP industry had 2,207 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,895 listings, assets of US$522 Bn, from 52 providers listed on 25 exchanges in 21 countries at the end of Q1 (click here to see ETFGI’s chart of European listed ETF/ETP asset growth)

“U.S. equities rebounded in March ending the month up 7%. Emerging markets and Developed ex US markets also had a strong March ending up 12.5% and 7.2% respectively. Based on comments from the Fed there is a growing belief that interest rates will be held lower for longer than previously anticipated. The European Central Bank cut rates and announced additional stimulus will begin in April, accelerating the rate of bond purchases from 60 to 80 billion euros per month" according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI.

In March 2016, ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of US$5.11 Bn. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with US$6.18 Bn, followed by commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$1.10 Bn, while equity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows ofUS$2.29 Bn.

YTD net inflows into Commodity ETFs/ETPs have been US$ 4.49 Bn which is a record high. The previous record was $2.01 Bn in Q1 2012.

iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows in March with US$4.55 Bn, followed by Source with US$647 Mn and Amundi ETF with US$559 Mn in net inflows.

YTD, iShares gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows YTD with US$6.11 Bn, followed by ETF Securities with US$2.11 Bn and SPDR ETFs with US$856 Mn in net inflows.

MSCI has the largest amount of ETF/ETP assets tracking its benchmarks with 22.3% market share; STOXX is second with 20.4% market share, followed by S&P Dow Jones with 12.4% market share.

In March 2016, 19 new ETFs/ETPs were launched by 5 providers and 10 ETFs/ETPs were closed.

Deborah Fuhr , April 2016

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