Summary of 2015 ETF Flows and Trends1
- US-listed ETF Assets stood at over $2.1 trillion on 12/31/15, a 6.7% increase from the end of 2014. Total estimated net inflows for the year were $245 billion, narrowly exceeding the record inflows of $242 billion from 2014.
- ETF categories with the largest percentage increase in total assets in 2015 were Municipal Bond ETFs (+30%), Taxable Bond ETFs (+16.5%), and International Equity ETFs (+16.4%).
- The strongest category of ETFs for net inflows in 2015 was International equity ETFs, with net inflows totaling over $105 billion. This was followed by Taxable Bond ETFs and US Equity ETFs, with net inflows totaling $58 billion and $52 billion, respectively.
- The ETF category with the largest percentage decrease in assets was Commodity ETFs (-17.2%). Interestingly, this decline was primarily driven by poor performance, as the category actually had $772 million in net inflows for the year.
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1Based on Morningstar data, as of 12/31/15