Assets invested in exchange traded funds and exchange traded products listed globally reached a record high of US$4.168 trillion at the end of the first half of the year, ETFGI reported on July 26.

The global ETF/ETP industry has 6,965 ETFs/ETPs, with 13,125 listings, from 328 providers listed on 70 exchanges in 56 countries.

Equity markets performed well

“Equity markets have performed well in the first half of 2017: The S&P 500 gained 9.34 per cent, international equity markets outside the US were up 14.27 per cent and emerging markets were up 16.69 per cent” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm based in London. “Political risks remain a focus for investors – the ability of the Trump administration to move forward on policy goals and hearings on Capitol Hill, Brexit negotiations, and North Korea is still an area of concern.”

US$63.57 billion in net inflows

For the month of June, ETFs/ETPs listed globally saw a record of US$63.57 billion in net inflows, as well as US$347.70 billion in year to date inflows, a record high as well.