Global ETFs Gather $152 Billion So Far This Year

The global ETF sector gathers more than during the first half of last year  

Editor, Europe
Reviewed by: Rachael Revesz
Edited by: Rachael Revesz

The global ETF industry has gathered $152 billion in the first half of this year, new research from ETFGI revealed today, pushing past the inflows of $130 billion during the first six months of 2014.

Of the total inflows, Europe managed to claim $40 billion for its own products, beating the $32 billion it gained between January and June in 2014.

In June, equities led the way for inflows at $27.9 billion, while fixed income and commodity ETFs and ETP saw outflows of $4 billion and $479 million respectively.

Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI, said June was a difficult month for most markets around the world, with the S&P 500 down 2 percent, and only up 1 percent for the first half of the year.

“Market performance in the first half of 2015 was impacted by a number of uncertainties [sic]: the situation in Greece and the impact on the Eurozone, when the Fed will raise interest rates, volatility in the Chinese market and the MERS outbreak in South Korea,” she said.

The analysis covered 5,823 ETFs and ETPs with global assets now standing at $2.971 trillion. It follows the news that global ETF assets hit a record high at the end of the first quarter this year at $2.926 trillion, slightly less than the current asset level.

Rachael Revesz joined in August 2013 as staff writer. Previously an investment reporter at Citywire, she has a background in writing content for retail financial advisors and has covered a wide range of subjects in finance. Revesz studied journalism at PMA Media, which has since merged with the Press Association. She also holds a B.A. in modern languages from Durham University, as well as CF1 and CF2 financial planning certificates from the CII.