ETP Flows – 2017 in review
ETP FLOWS

ETP Flows 2017 review: 2017 vs 2016

Equities lead the way

Rob Powell
Rob Powell, CFA
Equity Product Strategist, iShares Investment Strategy & Insights
January 2018

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Unless otherwise stated all data is sourced from the BlackRock Global ETP Landscape at 31 December 2017. This material is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any financial instrument or product or to adopt any investment strategy.

Source: BlackRock Global ETP Landscape at 31 December 2017.

US equity dominance wanes

As has been the case since the inception of ETPs nearly 20 years ago, US equity ETPs gained more inflows than any other group of products in 2017. Their dominance this year took a hit, however, as they took a significantly smaller proportion (34%) of the total flows into all ETPs than 2016 (53%), and noticeably less than the average
proportion over the previous five years (45%).

European equities roar back

The lower proportion gathered by US equity ETPs meant that many other types of funds gained a larger relative amount of the total flow, chief among them European equities. Other non-US equities across both developed and emerging markets also increased their share of the total significantly, with broad developed-market equity funds having a record year.

Dollar IG buoys bonds

Within fixed income, where the picture was more muted, investment grade credit saw inflows of $50B. The majority went to USD issuers.

Gold in the red

Commodities inflows were down by over $10B on the year with gold ETPs dropping $11B.

This material is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any financial instrument or product or to adopt any investment strategy.

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