U.S.-listed assets invested in exchanged-traded funds and exchanged-traded products (ETFs/ETPs) reached a new record high of $2.2 trillion at the end of April 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s April 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.

Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of April for ETFs/ETPs listed in the following countries and regions:

  • Canada (US$77.42 billion)

  • Europe (US$533.34 billion)

  • Japan US$145.93 billion

  • Asia-Pacific ex-Japan (US$125.21 billion), and

ETFs/ETPs listed globally (US$3.317 trillion). At the end of April 2016, the US ETF/ETP industry had 1,884 ETFs/ETPs, assets of US$2.2 trillion, from 97 providers listed on 3 exchanges. In April 2016, ETFs/ETPs listed in the U.S. gathered net inflows of $11.23 billion.  

Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $8.16 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $2.82 billion. Commodity ETFs/ETPs experienced net outflows of $916 million. Year-to-date (YTD), ETFs/ETPs listed in the U.S. have gathered net inflows of US$45.30 billion. Net new assets have been gathered by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $33.7 billion and commodity ETFs/ETPs with US$8.1 billion.

In April, Vanguard gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows with US$5.9 billion, followed by iShares with US$3.6 billion and ProShares with $1.2 net inflows. Vanguard gathered the largest net ETF/ETP inflows year-to-date with US$22.3 billion, followed by iShares with US$20.1 billion and SPDR ETFs with US$8.1 billion in net inflows.

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The chart on the next page shows the growth of ETF and ETP assets between 2002 and April 2016.