ETF assets top $3.1 trillion

ETF keybordAssets invested in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and similar products globally reached a record high of $3.137 trillion (€2.75 billion) in April, according to data provider ETFGI. Record highs were reached by exchange-traded products (ETPs), including ETFs, listed in many key regions, such as the US, Canada, Japan – and also in Europe where assets hit $533.34 billion. ETPs globally gathered net inflows of $10.13 billion in April, the 27th consecutive month of net inflows. The fixed income category gathered the largest net inflows at $7.73 billion, followed by equity with $2.39 billion. Commodities saw net outflows. Between January 1 and April 30 this year, ETPs saw net inflows of $79.402 billion, with fixed income seeing over $48 billion. In April, BlackRock’s ETF wing iShares reaped the largest net inflows ($6.01 billion), followed by Vanguard ($5.98 billion) and ProShares ($1.18 billion). As of April 30, 2016, there are 6,297 global ETPs issued by 283 providers, with 12,126 listings on 65 exchanges in 51 countries. ©2016 funds europe

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