ETFs see record £269bn inflows in 2015

ETFsGlobal assets in ETFs and ETPs rose by a record level last year, with $372bn (£269bn) of new inflows for 2015.

Assets rose by 10 per cent on 2014’s inflows as market turmoil drove investors to passive markets, according to data from research and consultancy firm ETFGI.

ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe clocked up $82bn of inflows in 2015, beating 2014’s inflows by 32.5 per cent.

ETFGI found that assets under management for products listed in Europe have risen from $458bn to $506bn over the year.

The data also showed that two new providers entered the European market last year, while the number of products rose from 2,089 to 2,188.

Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI, says: “The robust level of asset gathering in 2015 shows that more investors are using ETFs/ETPs in more ways due to the market turmoil: retail is using more ETFs through robo-advisors, institutions are using ETFs as alternatives to futures and financial advisors are using more ETFs especially in multi-asset portfolios.”

iShares remains the largest ETF and ETP provider, with 46 per cent market share. db-X trackers and db-X ETC is the second largest provider with 12 per cent market share, followed by Lyxor Asset Management with 10 per cent of the market.