Assets Invested In ETFs/ETPs Listed In US Reach Record $3.64 Trillion In January 2018

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LONDON — February 13, 2018 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in the US increased by $219 Bn or 6.40% in January 2018 to reach a record high of US$3.64 trillion, this represents the greatest monthly growth in assets since October 2015, when assets increased by $150 Bn. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)

According to ETFGI’s January 2018 US ETF and ETP industry insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service, the US ETF industry had 2,157 ETFs and ETPs, assets of US$3.64 Tn, from 132 providers listed on 4 exchanges.


  • Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in the US increased by a record $219 billion during January to reach a new high of $3.64 trillion
  • In January 2018, ETFs and ETPs listed in the US gathered net inflows of $78.8 billion
  • Assets in Equity ETFs/ETPs increased by 7.45% in January, which is significantly more than the 1.01% increase in Fixed Income ETFs/ETPs

This record was achieved on the eve of another milestone for the ETF industry: the 25th anniversary of the listing of the first ETF in the US, the venerable SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY US), on 22nd January 1993. At the end of January 2018, SPY on its own accounted for assets of $307 Bn.

January 2018 marked the 24th consecutive month of net inflows into ETFs/ETPs listed in the US, with $78.8 Bn gathered during the month; 88.3% more than net inflows at this point last year.

The majority of these flows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $60.9 Bn in January 2018. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY US) on its own accounted for net inflows of $19.8 Bn.

Top 20 ETFs by net new assets: US

Similarly, the top 10 ETPs by net new assets collectively gathered $3.54 Bn during January 2018.

Top 10 ETPs by net new assets: US

Equity ETFs/ETPs listed in the US saw net inflows of $64.8 Bn in January and Fixed Income ETFs and ETPs gathered net inflows of $8.78 Bn. Investors have tended to invest in core, market cap and lower cost ETFs in January 2018.

Please contact deborah.fuhr@etfgi.com if you would like to discuss the cost to subscribe to any of ETFGI’s research or consulting services. 

ETFGI is a leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, based in London, England. Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner, co-founder, ETFGI website www.etfgi.com.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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