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Summary of 2016 ETF Flows and Trends¹
  • Total US-listed ETF Assets stood at $2.6 trillion at the end of 2016, a 19.6% increase from the end of 2015. Total estimated net flows for the year were a record $287 billion, outpacing flows in 2015 by $42 billion.
  • Total Assets increased by more than 25% in four ETF categories, including Commodities ETFs (+31.7%), Municipal Bond ETFs (+29.7%), US Equity ETFs (+26.5%), and Taxable Bond ETFs (+25.9%). 
  • US Equity ETFs and Taxable Bond ETFs dominated estimated net asset flows in 2016, bringing in $140 billion and $86 billion, respectively.  No ETF category had estimated net outflows in 2016.

¹Based on Morningstar data, as of 12/31/16.  Includes all exchange-traded funds, exchange-traded notes, and other exchange-traded products.

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