Momentum from 2017 has continued so far this year, with the MSCI World Index rising in most of the trading sessions since the 1 January.
Assets held by the European ETF industry increased for a sixth consecutive year and marked a new all-time high at €631.2 bn at the end of December 2017.
ETF assets increased by 34.3% to $3.42 trillion at the end of December from $2.55 trillion at the end of 2016 – the fastest growth in the industry since 2009.
Safe haven areas of the market are once again in the spotlight after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened the US with the “nuclear button”.
US-based financial stocks are seeing an uptick in both inflows and returns as experts reckon financial-focused ETFs are a good bet in the short term.
Gender equality-focused exchange traded funds could be a big theme of 2018 given the recent product launch from Lyxor and increasing flows towards ESG and SRI-type funds, say experts.