ETF investors have pumped more than $180 million into Austria stocks year to date, shrugging off concerns over the recent election of a nationalist.
US investors have started selling their exposures to European equity ETFs as a strengthening dollar is drawing attention to domestic assets, while European counterparts continue to buy into local equities. Elsewhere, US financials are on track for the biggest annual inflows since 2013.
The promoters of ETFs enjoyed net inflows (+€6.6 bn) for September. This was a significant increase compared to the net inflows of €3.1 bn for August but still below the rolling 12-month average of €6.7 bn.
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Japan ETFs are attracting assets from global investors as they are confident that leader Shinzo Abe will win the snap election on 22 October.
European investors have been selling out of gold ETFs, according to figures from the World Gold Council, with the price of the shiny metal falling back below the $1,300/oz mark during September.
US-listed ETFs have gathered more than $28 billion in September – a new annual high – despite the Federal Reserve hinting at interest rate hikes – a move intended to return to normal monetary policy and ward off another Great Depression.
Spanish stock ETFs have seen some small outflows following the controversial independence referendum in Catalonia, but the impact has been muted despite the shocking violence that ensued in the Spanish region and the number of headlines that have grabbed the news over the weekend.
US-based ETF investors are withdrawing en masse from currency-hedged international funds, despite advice to the contrary. The three largest currency-hedged ETFs in the US have seen combined outflows of around $3.5 billion so far this year as the US dollar has declined more than 9% against rival currencies.
Investors have not started panic selling German ETFs, despite the shock popularity of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which gained 12.6% of the vote in the Federal Elections.
South Korea ETFs remain little phased by US President Donald Trump’s strong words about the dictatorship north of the border and show healthy longer-term returns for investors.
Inflows into Europe-listed exchange traded products (ETFs) have considerably slowed down in August after a record 2017 so far, with all categories suffering subdued demand or even outflows.
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