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  • Bond ETFs have enjoyed massive popularity over the past few years and total assets now already stand at $750bn, but BlackRock is predicting this figure could double by 2022 as demand continues to grow.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • European-listed exchange-traded products (ETPs) have seen another strong month in May, drawing in $11bn in inflows, as investors flocked to European equities after the reassuring result of the French presidential election.

  • Bond ETFs have been attracting strong inflows over recent weeks, despite high expectations of another rate hike by the US Federal Reserve at this month’s meeting. The growth in smart-beta fixed income offering and a better understanding of the products is drawing investors to passive bond exposure.