Lyxor ETF Money Monitor for February 2018

European ETF Market flows slowed in February but remain at record levels for the first two months of any year. Net New Assets (NNA) fell to €7.6bn from the stellar €13.4bn we saw in January…

By Marlène Hassine Konqui, Head of ETF Research and Kristo Durbaku, ETF Research Analyst

Equities attracted most of the inflows (€5.4bn) despite Global Equity ETFs recording their worst month ever (-€1.8bn).

Equities enjoyed another very positive month. Among the highlights were an acceleration into US equities (€2.3bn vs. €1.7bn) and a continuation of Japan equities’ best ever start to a year (€1.1bn). It was also a strong, albeit slightly less positive, month for Europe Equities (€2.9bn vs. €3.7bn in January). In contrast, global equity flows reversed sharply.

Flows into fixed income were solid at €1.7bn, yet undeniably more modest. In contrast to January, flows sped into developed market government bonds (€1.7bn vs. -€236M), led by Europe (€1.1bn vs. -€485M). It was, however, a slower month for Emerging Markets government bonds (€174M vs. €896M) and inflation-linked bonds at €158M (vs. €645M). 

Overall, it’s still the best ever start to a year for ETFs, with flows already over the €20bn mark. Equities lead by some distance, with €17.1bn of inflows. Fixed income ETFs have gathered €3.0bn. Commodities have attracted €1.0bn – another record start.

Source: ETFWorld

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